“Maverick Reformer” Sarah Palin Lies About Free-Market Competition for Natural Gas Pipeline in Energy Speech

  • Published on October 29th, 2008

Is Sarah Palin’s Natural Gas Pipeline Really a Maverick Move Towards Energy Independence or Republican Politics as Usual Favoring Big Energy Business?

The first time I heard about Palin’s proposed $40 billion Alaska natural gas pipeline was not when she asked the Wasilla Assembly of God to pray for it, but it was during the October 2, 2008 vice presidential debate:

We’re building a nearly $40 billion natural gas pipeline, which is North America’s largest and most expensive infrastructure project ever, to flow those sources of energy into hungry markets.

Today, Palin mentioned the natural gas pipeline again in her energy policy speech given in Toledo, Ohio touting the project as proof she is an energy reformer:

We introduced the big oil companies and their lobbyists to a concept some of them had forgotten — free-market competition. They had a monopoly on power and resources, and we broke it. The result is, finally, progress on the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history — a nearly forty-billion dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence.

When the last section is laid and its valves are opened, that pipeline will lead America one step farther away from reliance on foreign energy.  That pipeline will be a lifeline — freeing us from debt, dependence and the influence of foreign powers that do not have our interests at heart.

Just three days ago, the Associate Press reported Palin’s beloved natural gas pipeline, which may never actually be built, curbed bids:

Gov. Sarah Palin’s signature accomplishment – a contract to build a 1,715-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from Alaska to the Lower 48 – emerged from a flawed bidding process that narrowed the field to a company with ties to her administration, an Associated Press investigation shows…Despite Palin’s boast of a smart and fair bidding process, the AP found that her team crafted terms that favored only a few independent pipeline companies and ultimately benefited the winner, TransCanada Corp.

Palin even had meetings with TransCanada Corp, despite promises and legal advice not to talk with potential pipeline bidders.  Of course, since the governor can’t even name a major newspaper, she probably didn’t read the Associated Press article before giving her energy policy speech today and perhaps she doesn’t really understand what free market competition means.

Will natural gas really lead us to energy independence?  Is replacing one form of nonrenewable energy with another a solution?  T. Boone Pickens thinks so and has financially backed California’s Proposition 10. Building a natural gas pipeline from Alaska to the lower 48 is not the renewable solution to our dependence on foreign oil, and I find it ironic Palin gave her energy speech today at solar panel company, Xunlight Corp while focusing on natural gas and “clean” coal.

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Jennifer lives on 160 acres off-the-grid in a home built with her own two hands (and several more skilled pairs of hands) from forest fire salvaged timber. Her home is powered by a micro-hydro turbine, and she has been a vegetarian for 21 years. Jennifer graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in art education and has been teaching art to children for over 16 years. She also spent five years teaching in a one-room schoolhouse before becoming the mother of two beautiful children. Jennifer has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently teaching preschool, as well as k-8 art. She enjoys writing, gardening, hiking, practicing yoga, and raising four akitas. Jennifer is the founder and editor of Eco Child's Play (http://ecochildsplay.com) "I’ve always been concerned about the earth and our impact upon it. Now that I have children, I feel compelled to raise them with green values. From organic gardening to alternative energy, my family tries to leave a small carbon footprint." Please visit my other blog: http://reallynatural.com

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