Sarah Palin, by contrast, knows energy. Ask her about the Bush Doctrine and she is flummoxed. Ask her what she reads and she’s not sure where you’re coming from. Ask her about energy policy and the woman won’t shut up. Aside from her aforementioned chairmanship of the AOGCC, she, as governor, awarded a contract for the start of a 1700 mile natural gas pipeline from Prudhoe Bay AK to Alberta, Canada (known as AGIA, the Alaska Gasoline Inducement Act).
Her relationships with oil companies, however, have been tenuous and controversial. She reportedly admonished some for sitting on leased lands without tapping their supplies, and, to the chagrin of some, she made the AGIA negotiations open and publicly transparent. She, unusual for a free-market conservative, famously gave every Alaskan a share of oil profits, but under the state’s constitution, such natural resources are owned by the people.
As the wife of a unionized oil-field machinist (separated for weeks at a time in opposite ends of the state), what Sarah Palin really brings to the table is the mindset that not drilling further is not an option. She even publicly opposed her own running mate John McCain over ANWR (though she strongly favors an all-of-the-above policy, including renewable energy and conservation).
During the gulf oil spill of 2011, she was one of the few to note the perils of drilling in deep water when so many untapped reserves exist inland and closer to our shores. As an Alaskan, she harbors a fond appreciation for the scenic and recreational value of public land and would surely strike a balance favorable to development and preservation.
I do not believe that Bozeman has thought his proposal through. After all, isn’t Palin against big Government? Surely she would want to abolish the Department of Energy? Not save it.
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Shushannah Walshe, a journalist who has claimed previous inside contact with SarahPac, in an interview with Chris Matthews, stated that she thinks that Sarah Palin should not be ruled out of the Presidential race and that she believes that Palin will be “salivating” at the knowledge that Mike Huckabee has pulled out as his withdrawal offers her a better chance of winning. The withdrawal of Trump and Huckabee also raise Palin’s chances of raking in more campaign $$$$$$ — a fact that has not escaped her attention.
The discussion on Hardball about Sarah Palin begins around 7:40 and Chris Matthews pours much scorn on the fact that Palin could be of any help to the Republic as she lacks curiosity and the willingness to learn. He really hopes that Palin does not run “for our good”.
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Sarah Palin cannot win the 2012 election — she just cannot. Additionally, if she does not run, I hope that the whispered murmurings of possible positions for her in any government post will prove to be merely mutterings that will be lost in the night.
Note by Patrick:
The remark by Chris Matthews in this clip that…
“Sarah Palin has proven herself to be profoundly stupid”
…caused quite an eruption on twitter with a very large number of tweets.
Update by Kathleen
Politicalgates reader silver_dessert posted the following video, taken a short time after the 2008 election, in which Sarah Palin makes it clear that she looks forward to discussing energy issues with President Obama. Perhaps the fact that he did not pick up the phone and contact her is the reason for all her bitterness towards him.
Sunnyjane also made a terrific summary of the qualifications held by the present Secretary for Energy, Dr. Steven Chu, a distinguished scientist. Pitted against Bozeman’s account of Palin’s skills for the job there is even less doubt that Bozeman thinks with something other than his brain when it comes to assessing Palin.