What Does Palin Really Know About Energy?

(We had to promote this after this quote from John McCain: “She knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America.” – promoted by Colorado Pols)

Apparently not as much as John McCain thinks she does.

From Politico:

Asked what specific national security credentials Palin had, McCain cited her experience dealing with energy issues and went so far as to say she was the country’s foremost expert in the field.

“She knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America,” McCain said.  

Really John?  They why did she screw up the numbers so badly in her ABC interview?

This isn’t just a U.S. or Alaska issue, this is quite obviously a Colorado issue, as Obama and McCain will have to battle over our western slope energy challenges.  If McCain/Palin are going to be this flippant about their energy “expertise,” what does it say about how intelligently they will manage the energy issues that have deep implications for Colorado?

13 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. redstateblues says:

    rips her a new one on this claim.

    It’s simply untrue that Alaska produces anything close to 20 percent of the U.S. “energy supply,” a term that is generally defined as energy consumed. That category includes power produced in the U.S. by nuclear, coal, hydroelectric dams and other means – as well as all the oil imported into the country.

    But Alaskan production accounts for only 4.8 percent of all the crude oil and petroleum products supplied to the U.S. in 2007, counting both domestic production and imports from other nations. According to EIA, the total supply was just over 5.5 billion barrels in 2007.

    Furthermore, Palin said “energy,” not “oil,” so she was actually much further off the mark. According to EIA, Alaska actually produced 2,417.1 trillion BTUs [British Thermal Units] of energy in 2005, the last year for which full state numbers are available. That’s equal to just 3.5 percent of the country’s domestic energy production.

    Rounding up percentages is one thing, but it’s like they just pulled the 20% number out of their heads like it sounded good. Well, luckily there are people who actually check up on this stuff.

  2. BlueCat says:

    no knee jerk McCain or Palin defenses from our righties?  Aren’t we going to be enlightened as to why it was perfectly accurate for McCain to call Palin one of our foremost energy experts?  Don’t they want to  demonstrate to us that she really does know “more about energy than probably anyone in the United States”?  We’re waiting.

  3. fed0r0v says:

    This election is shaping up to be way too similar to the 2000/2004 elections. Where the people that were into politics knew the W was a VERY BAD choice, but the democrats weren’t effective in telling the general population about his problems.

    Now we know that Palin is actually less prepared and knowledgeable than W was (how’s the for scary), but yet we can’t seem to get that message to stick in the media.

    Why is that? And how can we change it?

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