September 19th, 2008
07:45 AM ET
10 years ago

Palin: Obama doesn't 'get it' on energy issues

Palin touted her energy resume on Thursday.

Palin touted her energy resume on Thursday.

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (CNN) - Sarah Palin disparaged Barack Obama Thursday night for not having to deal with oil and natural gas issues in his home state of Illinois.

Palin accused Obama of siding with special interests "time and time again" instead of standing up for working Americans struggling with high fuel costs.

“And maybe if he’d been the governor of an energy-rich state, he’d get it,” she said at a rally in Green Bay, held just down the street from fabled Lambeau Field. “And maybe, maybe if he’d been on the front lines of securing our nation’s energy independence, then he’d understand.”

McCain’s advisers have stressed Palin’s experience with oil and gas issues in her home state. The Alaska governor touted her resume on Thursday.

“As governor of Alaska, I’ve overseen a very large portion of our U.S. domestic production of oil, and through a heck of a lot of competition and hard work, I’ve secured agreements to build a nearly $40 billion natural gas pipeline to get our clean, green natural gas down to hungry markets like here in Wisconsin,” she said. “I know what works, and I know that America needs this.”

In making her case, Palin did not note, as she had previously, that Alaska produces 20 percent of the country’s energy supply. Fact-checks in recent days have shown that Alaska provides about 14 percent of oil from American wells, and government statistics show that Alaska’s total energy production is 3.5 percent of the country’s total output.

Her running mate John McCain's home state of Arizona, like Illinois, is also not on the front lines of the nation's oil and gas production. Arizona relies on interstate pipelines for natural gas deliveries, and according to the Energy Information Administration, the state's annual crude oil production is "minimal."

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  1. Aspire

    Please send this Palin back to Alaska. Cannot take it any more of this non-sense.

    September 19, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. Transparency please

    Palin, be quiet until you cooperate with the probe. Tell the hubby that he is not above the law and comply with his subpoena. Until then, you are just a farce.
    I can see a transformer from my window, by Palin standards, I'm an expert on energy. And by the way - that transformer supplies 200% of my neighborhood's energy. Lies are fun, aren't they.

    September 19, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |




    September 19, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. Mickie in PA

    Oh please – again all she has to say is Obama doesn't get it. Of course it didn't take him 5 different community colleges to finally graduate. He also didn't have experience using pressure to fight the oil companies only to get the contract moved to the company a spouse just happened to work for – wow, what a coincidence. Get a life Sarah and go back to school because you can't even get your facts straight. Oh right, you're republican so it doesn't matter - only the spin matters.

    September 19, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. wen

    Has anyone noticed that McCain is constantly with her? When is she going to become a big girl and get out there on her own? I think she has campaigned on her own MAYBE a handful of times. She better get some practice because cute doesn't last long when you are faced with the tough questions. Questions like, why would you not be willing to step forward and defend yourself in the middle of this thing you have been accused of? No matter who is running this hearing, this delay tactic will continue to be used. If she was telling the truth and there was no evidence to back up this claim that she pressured this officer into firing her ex-brother-in-law, she should have no fear that this would reflect badly on her! The truth takes you a long way in an election! How about you start telling it "Sarah, Sarah, Sarah!"

    September 19, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  6. Alabama Dem

    Your solution is to only try to benifit Alaska which even john Mccain is against. Of course most Americans want to drill baby drill because most Americans do not live on the coast or in Alaska. People want things that they feel will not negatively impact them either way. People can not think drilling is the answer. Gas is $91 a barrel and higher then I have ever seen it. It is 4.29 a gallon in Alabama, so you can drill all day forget about real solutions like Obama has, and when two or three refiners get shut down for Hurricanes, or we do not have enough refiners, Republicans will say we just need to drill more It is a good pander and people fall for it cause it sounds good. IGNORANCE IS BLISS! The republicans have made a living playing of the self absorbed Ignorant.

    September 19, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |

    Please, please help me understand how she can get away with that phony claim about Alaska producing 20% of the country's energy supply!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????????
    That's a flat out LIE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 19, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  8. Drill Baby Drill

    Just because your from Alaska doesn't mean you do either. Please why are the American people not over her already?!!

    September 19, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  9. dannette

    what's the deal, Palin is a joke! She knows nothing, says nothing and her interviews are conducted like everyone's trying to shield her. Enough of this Palin nonsense!

    September 19, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  10. dd

    what is mccain looking at?

    September 19, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  11. RAY IN NJ

    McCain/Palin, when will you tell us what your going to DO rather than continually disparage Obama and embellish your numbers and record? At some point, you're going to have to tell the American public exactly what plans you have. You say you know how to get Osama Bin Laden, but apparently won't tell anyone until you get to the White House! Isn't that preposterous? If you know how to get the man why haven't you informed Bush, the CIA, Iraq or Pakistan on what measures to take NOW rather than wait? Just because you keep saying "I'm a war hero, I know what the problem is, I'm tough, and I'm going to fix it, I know how to fix it" doesn't mean anything unless you explain in detail. However, the polls say the race is close which means the people who don't use their brains at all are comfortable in their ignorance and will continue to their gullibility by falling for your straw arguments that have no substance whatsoever! Guess they relish the old "John Wayne/Ronald Reagan" tough-talk that made them feel "safe" and important. Those of us who do use our brains nkow that with you in the White House, Americans will not be safe or important around the world! Again, tell us in specifics what YOU'RE going to DO! Guess we have to wait for the so-called debates to see if you have any real plans or if rhetoric and name-calling is all you have to offer!

    September 19, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  12. kamenwati

    The Dumb and Dumber campaign.

    September 19, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  13. FactCheck

    The woman is a pathological LIAR.

    Obama-Luger authored the American Fuels Act (increase domestic production, distribution and use of biofuels).

    Obama authored the Fuel Economy Reform Act (raising automobile fuel efficiency standards).

    He also wrote the Health Care for Hybrids Act to promote American carmakers to invest in the production of fuel-efficient vehicles.

    Palin really needs to do her homework (or, more likely, have the Bush cronies do some more of her homework for her).

    September 19, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  14. jAY

    It makes my heart dance to know that there are other people on the planet that hear this shrill alaska-lipstick-hockey-mom-pit-bull and just hear the barking. I will proudly vote for Barak knowing that I am voting for someone with the intelligence to run this country for its good, not for their own interest. I can't wait to see her against Biden.

    September 19, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  15. shameless

    what do you know? you are just McSHAMES Figure head to get women votes and its not working

    September 19, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  16. Michelle ATL

    Okay...enough of Barbie and GI Joe.

    I feel sorry for McCain, he has the look of a dear in headlights.

    Obama is on his way to win.

    Thank God!

    September 19, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  17. Rob

    she needs to come clean on what she and her 1st dude were up to in regards to this 'troopergate' issue. she promises honesty and transparency – when does that start – in Ocotober – how bout now! while McCain sends in an army of attorneys to stonewall the process that she originally agreed to cooperate with it only makes one wonder what they are trying to hide until after the election.

    September 19, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  18. Pat

    Sara this and Sara that. People are missiing the point. It was McCain who picked this clueless woman to be a heart beat away from being the POTUS! I think McCain is having more than senior moments, he is truly showing the onset of alzheimer's. Is there a doctor in the house?

    September 19, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  19. Angela

    Palin certainly does not get it and I am not sure if Obama does or not. This country needs more solar, wind, etc- we should produce the majority of our own energy and only import a small percentage, not the other way around like it is now. All of the politicians are too beholden to big oil and big energy companies. We need a leader to get this started- produce cleaner energy, more in this country, and create jobs. It is posisble if the politicians would get off their " duff" – this can happen!

    September 19, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
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