The NYT Caucus Blog reports:
Gov. Sarah Palin will make her second policy speech as the Republican vice-presidential nominee on Wednesday morning, focusing on energy security, a campaign aide said. She will deliver the speech in Toledo, Ohio, at Xunlight Corporation, a company that manufactures solar power implements.
I guess it is mavericky to give an energy speech using the greenwashing backdrop of a popular clean energy technology your ticket has always opposed (see “Anti-wind McCain delivers climate remarks at foreign wind company“).
Remember, McCain has a record that is as strongly anti-solar and anti-renewable as that of Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), the global-warming denier from the U.S. oil-patch (see here). McCain voted with Inhofe and against clean energy a staggering 42 out of 44 times in the past two decades.
Why does McCain vote against solar and other renewables even though he comes from a state that could supply the country’s electricity needs by itself with solar energy? Because, as he asserted last year, he believes that solar is among the “clean technologies [that] don’t work.” Similarly, Palin said in August:
That’s right. She’s appearing at a solar energy company even though she thinks alternative energy would take more than 10 years to develop.
If conservatives like McCain had succeeded in the mid-1990s and shut down all clean energy R&D at the Department of Energy (DOE) where I worked, the kind of second-generation thin film solar technology that Xunlight has commercialized would never have happened, because it was the DOE that helped usher that technology into the market.
As for Palin’s specific remarks, no doubt she will repeat and expand upon the multiple lies and distortions she made in her acceptance speech:
“Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America’s energy problems – as if we all didn’t know that already. But the fact that drilling won’t solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all. Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we’re going to lay more pipelines…build more nuclear plants…create jobs with clean coal…and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources. We need American energy resources, brought to you by American ingenuity, and produced by American workers.”
I previously noted the hypocritical absurdity of these lines (see “In her big speech, Palin repeats the GOP’s big energy lie — plus three other energy lies, too“). The Big Energy Lie, however, remains the lie that subsumes all the other lies McCain and Palin tell on energy. The Big Energy Lie is that either John McCain or the Republicans in Congress actually believe in an “all of the above” energy policy, when in fact they consistently vote against energy efficiency and all forms of renewable energy (see The Big Energy Lie).
Palin loves the Big Energy Lie so much, she repeated it twice in the vice presidential debate:
John McCain is right there with an “all of the above” approach to deal with climate change impacts….
So even in dealing with climate change, it’s all the more reason that we have an “all of the above” approach.
Hmm. That sounds like a possible drinking game to me. One shot every time she says “all of the above” or “drilling.” [Note: Please drink responsibly. This is a morning speech.]
The NYT blog notes:
Ms. Palin has touted energy policy as one of her pet issues, and frequently talks about how she collected experience on the issue as the governor of Alaska.
In fact, Palin is probably one of the least informed people on energy ever to run for national office, someone who does not even know basics of Alaska energy. Indeed, she is the fungible candidate, a woman who continued “to peddle bogus [energy] statistics about Alaska three days after the original error was pointed out by independent fact-checkers.”
When you consider that the Governor of Alaska doesn’t actually seem to like animals very much — see “Palin’s axis of evil animals: Beluga whales join polar bears and wolf cubs” — perhaps being one of her pet issues isn’t such high praise after all.