Friday, October 16, 2009

Gov. Palin, 2006--2009?

I'll leave it to Alaskans to shoot down the lies and distortions that doubtless pepper Sarah Palin's review of her record as governor in this deep foray into energy policy in NRO.

One representation, though, leaped out at a lower 48er:
— Sarah Palin was governor of Alaska from 2006 to 2009, and the Republican candidate for vice ­president in 2008.
2006-2009, eh? Sounds like three years, not 20 months. Wasn't Palin elected in 2006? Yes, but she took office on Dec. 4 -- so her tenure includes 27 days of that year. Sort of like a person who was born in 1899 and died in 2001 claiming a life spanning three centuries.

Would that all Palin's massagings of the truth stuck this close to the facts. Halcro, Mudflats et al, have at these sunny assertions:
The state’s government has made safeguarding resources a priority; when I was governor, for instance, we created a petroleum-systems-integrity office to monitor our oil and gas infrastructure for any potential environmental risks.

Over 20 percent of Alas­ka’s electricity currently comes from renewable sources, and as governor I put forward a long-term plan to increase that figure to 50 percent by 2025.

In Alaska, we’re developing the largest private-sector energy project in history — a 3,000-mile, $40 billion pipeline to transport hundreds of trillions of cubic feet of natural gas to markets across the United States.

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