- Exhibit A: His drilling moratorium
- Exhibit B: His 2012 budget
- Exhibit C: His anti-drilling regulatory policies.
Palin further wrote that gas prices have soared "67 percent since he took office," claiming it is "no accident." The former Alaska Governor trades on her assumed expertise in energy issues, even as opponents and former supporters seek to undo many of her policies. In reviewing her latest charges of energy policy malfeasance against the Obama Administration, FactCheck.Org has researched Palin’s claims and discovered them be incorrect. Among their findings:
§ “We talked to Fadel Gheit, a former Mobil Oil executive who is now a senior energy analyst at Oppenheimer & Co. Asked about the impact of the deepwater moratorium, Gheit said the moratorium had a "negative impact on production, but not as much as the politicians would like us to believe." The impact of the moratorium on gas prices? "Nothing. Zero," he said.”
§ “…on imports, Palin claimed in that same March 15 Facebook post that the administration’s inaction on drilling permits is "allowing
to remain increasingly dependent on imports from foreign regimes in dangerously unstable parts of the world." America
§ FackCheck.Org however, points out….”First of all, net imports are trending downward. Our reliance on imported liquid fuels — as the EIA calls oil and other petroleum products — declined to less than 50 percent of
consumption in 2010. And, despite an expected uptick this and next year, it will decline through 2035. The EIA’s 2011 Annual Energy Outlook, released December 2010, projects our reliance on imported liquid fuels will drop to 42 percent by 2035.” U.S.
§ When looking at Palin’s dangerous regimes claim, FactCheck.Org observed the following…”So, going by the countries that the State Department considers to be "dangerous or unstable," Palin would be wrong when looking at total imports since Obama became president. Individually, however, imports were up from some nations and down from others.”
While there is no doubt a lot more information and detail regarding the issue of Energy Policy and the root causes of price fluctuations, the questions begging to be addressed are:
Is Governor Palin using the current price spike in gasoline as a political tool, in order to pander to her base, in an effort shore up her waning poll numbers?
Does Governor Palin really know enough about Energy Policy, to realistically speak out on the subject?
I'd post this at WhyNot Romney.blogspot.com - but based upon the number of comments posted there, it's doubtful anyone would even read the article. In case anyone has yet to visit the site, here's a recent picture to let you know what's going on there....