Friday, September 5, 2008

Energy policy fueled by flip flops

Sarah, I know you're new to national politics but didn't they teach you anything in Wasilla? Never point out your boss' flip flops. Here's the latest example from your acceptance speech:

"Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we're going to lay more pipelines ... build more new-clear plants ... create jobs with clean coal ... and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources."

Uh-oh, someone has egg on her face. You see, McCain has actually voted against and spoke out against some of the alternative fuel sources you've named. Here's McCain in an Oct. 1, 2007 interview:

"I'm not one who believes that we need to subsidize things. The wind industry is doing fine, the solar industry is doing fine. In the '70s, we gave too many subsidies and too much help, and we had substandard products sold to the American people, which then made them disenchanted with solar for a long time."

Oopsie! And least we forget that McCain voted against a series of amendments to an energy bill that set higher goals for the use of renewable energy. One proposal required refineries to use 8-billion gallons of renewable fuel by 2012. Another required 10 percent of electricity sold by utilities by 2020 be produced by renewable energy. Both passed and were included in the final bill, which McCain voted against.

Here's what McCain's own energy policy (listed on his web site) says about Alternative Fuels:

To develop these and other sources of renewable energy will require that we rationalize the current patchwork of temporary tax credits that provide commercial feasibility. John McCain believes in an even-handed system of tax credits that will remain in place until the market transforms sufficiently to the point where renewable energy no longer merits the taxpayers' dollars.

HUH?? So what are you going to do about it John because that sure sounds like goobledegook to me. You need a BS decoder to read it.

Finally, here's what McCain said in 2003 about ethanol....

"(ethanol) does nothing to reduce fuel consumption, nothing to increase our energy independence, nothing to improve air quality."

However, while campaigning in Iowa in August 2006, he described ethanol as a "vital alternative energy source, not only because of our dependency on foreign oil but its greenhouse reduction effects."

Can you say flip-flop?? Facts are a pesky thing.


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