Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Sarah Palin's pipeline
This is the third post based on the 2005 interview. Once I've published all the posts about it, I'll give you the link to the whole interview. We're now moving on to the pipeline, an all-Alaska pipeline. Here's some background to put the question and the answer into context:
She appeared in newspaper and TV ads as an advocate of an all-Alaska natural gas pipeline. That effort semi-collapsed even as Palin sat for this interview June 1 when California energy company Sempra withdrew its financial backing. Sempra cited a lack of progress in Juneau toward securing a natural gas supply it could ship to the West Coast.
Q: It sounds as though you've adopted energy independence and a supply for Southcentral as sort of a cause. And so, I'm curious how you found yourself, for example, on the all-Alaska pipeline advertising, the only woman along with so-called elder statesmen. How did that strike you?
A: Well, the guys asked about it, what did I think about an all-Alaska line. Of course, my position is, all things being equal, of course it needs to be all Alaska. It's constitutionally mandated that our resources be developed for the benefit of all Alaskans.
It's not a difficult decision for me to make when asked, would you rather see the jobs, the revenue derived go more towards a foreign company and foreign country, Canada, or keep it all in Alaska? And I look forward also to seeing how, what kind of compromises in the best interest of Alaskans will come from this. I trust that there will be decisions that will be made, we better be able to trust that there are decisions that will be made by the administration that are open to public scrutiny. And that's the concern I have right now, the lack of open government that we see in state government.
How ironic that Sarah Palin's pet project since being elected governor is a pipeline going through Canada, she gave $500 million to TransCanada to study the possibility of building the pipeline and the target are the hungry markets on the Lower 48...
The word salad persists throughout the interview. Be patient, my friends.
OT: Don't forget to watch the cool governor on American Chopper tomorrow night!
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