Palin to deliver greenwashing energy speech Wednesday

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:

Alternative-energy solutions are far from imminent and would require more than 10 years to develop.

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.

9 Responses to Palin to deliver greenwashing energy speech Wednesday

  1. Tommaso says:

    haha, nice closing. Can’t wait to hear her speech!

  2. David B. Benson says:

    Off-topic but Dr Michael Lardelli has a powerfull power-point presentation, available as a pdf from

    in the section entitled

    CCQA6 Presentations Available
    Posted by Barry Brook on 28 October 2008

    with a clickable retrieval at Dr Lardelli’s name.

    Be sure to keep at it into the extra slides section to view the phosphate production prediction. Looks like we’ll starve before becoming toast. :-(

  3. Ronald says:

    I’m interested to see how the TV talk shows handle the speech, whether they have anybody who knows anything about the subject who can actually give a good review of the policy speech and what’s wrong with it and how Obama can do better.

    Palen for ambassador to Russia and W. as ambassador to Iraq.

  4. Paul K says:

    On Nov. 6, the Thursday after the election, I’m hosting a solar energy forum to provide fossil free energy to the Beverly Arts Center of Chicago. The Arts Center is very well suited for solar generated electricity. It has a large flat roof. It is an all electric building; not only lighting and AC, but heat also can be made fossil free. Illinois has mandatory buyback, a key to success.

    I’d like to thank Joe and Bill and Kari and also David B. Benson, Earl Killian, John Mashey, John McCormick, Dano, Ronald and Robert for the inspiration and information that has brought about the Replacing Fossil Fuel Association. We’re going to change the world one watt at a time.

  5. jorleh says:

    DonĀ“t forget the potential energy of Greenland and Antarctic ice masses and fresh water in these sheets for all the world for thousands of years.

    Joseph noticed at last the water in them, but why not the energy?

  6. jorleh says:

    Cruise control, yes. It is water resistance in guestion.

    We must engineer the water resistance away. That is simple. Think of two big barrels tied together, between them a shaft. The barrel complex rotates around the shaft, the shaft moving at the water level. There is no water resistance in the rotation of the complex.

    Water resistance is away in any speed: this ship makes 100 mile per hour with the same energy as oldfashioned ships 5 mph. Or otherwise: use 10 % of energy at 5 mph compared to the oldfashioned ships.

  7. Dennis says:

    Why bother to listen to the speech? We already know what the McPalin ticket says about energy and the environment: 1. drill, baby, drill; 2. yeah, there are climate concerns, but let’s not destroy our economy, and 3. drill some more. The solar energy company is a backdrop that is an attempt to appeal to moderates who just look at the TV while she is on screen.

  8. Santos says:

    I’m so glad you are talking about Sarah Palin’s lack of knowledge on energy and climate policy. As someone working in this field, it scares me to think that when she claims to be an energy expert, someone might believe her and listen to what she has to say. We need more people like you who really know climate policy to call her out and say “no,” and tell the media the same. You made excellent points all around! Thanks