In her interview with ABC News last week, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin asserted that Alaska “produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy.” After FactCheck.org pointed out that Alaska is actually responsible for only 3.5 percent of the country’s domestic energy production, Palin began re-phrasing her claim. But in an interview with Sean Hannity on Wednesday McCain continued to repeat the debunked claim:
HANNITY: By the way, senator, she, she’s very convinced she can convince you into drilling in ANWR.
MCCAIN: Hahahaha, you know, that’s what happens when you throw two mavericks together. So, I’d, listen, I, she, you know, we talk about experience. What’s one of the major, if not the major challenge to America? Energy independence. Who knows more about energy than the governor of the state that provides 20% of America’s energy requirements?
Though McCain likes to tout Palin as America’s foremost energy expert, such claims have been undermined by her incorrect and confusing statements on the subject. Yesterday, CNN described Palin’s suggested oil export ban as “not exactly easy to understand.”