Defending Gov. Sarah Palin’s experience in an interview with MSNBC today, House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) made the false claim that Alaska supplies 20 percent of the U.S. oil:
She does understand energy, not only as governor, but as someone who was on the commission that regulated that big industry in Alaska. Twenty percent of all our oil comes from Alaska.
In reality, Alaska produces 14.3 percent of the nation’s oil. Furthermore, Gov. Sarah Palin recently said Alaska produces 20 percent of the U.S. “energy,” when it actually produces 3.5 percent. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has used the same talking point. The Washington Post FactChecker gives the claim four pinnochios.