Sarah Palin must have pulled some serious strings to get her op-ed published in today’s Washington Post. Usually the respected paper only prints actual news, but, hey, free speech? You’d probably assume that given the past two weeks of her life, Sarah would be writing about her abrupt resignation. Nope. In an effort to show off her brain power, Alaska’s soon-to-be-former governor offered her “insight” into President Obama’s cap-and-trade energy plan. Too bad Palin’s op-ed piece reads like a simplistic version of Martin Feldstein’s op-ed analysis of the energy plan the Post ran over a month ago, except Martin goes into much more detail. Basically the goal of Obama’s global warming plan is to reduce the amount of CO2 in the air by monitoring emissions made by U.S. companies via required CO2 permits. The down side: energy costs in gasoline and electricity will skyrocket about $1,600 per family per year. Now that Palin has joined the rest of unemployed America, she’s giving her two cents on the issue. But I’ve got some beef with Palin’s POV. For starters, her argument is redundant and trivial.
In Feldstein’s column, he focuses on how the environmental results of the program aren’t equal to the high cost, and suggests stalling the plan until some kind of global agreement can be made. Palin, on the other hand, offers a bunch of solutions that won’t quite work. One sure-fire fix: drilling offshore and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—if only those Washington tree huggers would finally let the drill spin. But so far in meetings with environmentalists, Obama and energy moguls have decided not to drill into animals’ home.
Palin says if that’s a no-go, let’s use all this coal we have lying around! Unfortunately that idea is just as bad—research initiated by Obama shows that converting coal to liquid fuel would only create more cost burdens and more CO2. Oh but why not nuclear energy? Honestly, I don’t think Palin knows anything about nuclear options, so pass.
Funny how in the opening to the piece, Palin takes a big old swipe at the media, saying that their focus on “personality-driven political gossip” is taking away attention from important issues. Um, Palin has built her entire short career on becoming a controversial figure. And are we really to believe that the reason she wrote this column had nothing to do with wanting to keep her name in the papers?