Monday, November 16, 2009

Sarah Palin goes rogue on clean energy facts

Former Alaska Governor and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin (or, more accurately, her ghost writer) uses some questionable logic, to say the least, in her assessment of the current climate legislation in her hotly debated debut book, Going Rogue. Luckily, MediaMatters has completed an extensive fact check of her absurd claims and set the record straight:

Sarah Palin has claimed that clean energy legislation would kill jobs. Really? Did she forget about the UC Berkeley study, which found that the current climate legislation would create up to 1.9 million jobs? Surely she must remember the Center for American Progress report that highlighted the 1.7 million jobs created by investment in clean energy technology.

As for her claims that
The costs of manufacturing, warehousing, and transportation will also rise. We'll all feel the effects of this misguided plan to buy and sell pollution...Sadly, those hit hardest will be those who are already struggling to make ends meet.
MediaMatters nips that one in the bud too. The overall impact on the average household would be about $83 dollars a day. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) even adds that "households in the lowest income quintile would see an average net benefit of about $40 in 2020."

If Palin's "going rogue," then it's just on the facts. Her tired rhetoric is just more of the same pandering to clean energy foes to us.

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