Friday, August 29, 2008
Gristmill reports the lowdown on Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, John McCain's VP pick:
...She has pushed to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling and to build a natural-gas pipeline from Alaska's North Slope, and earlier this year she sued the Interior Department over its decision to list the polar bear as a threatened species. Palin recently proposed eliminating Alaska's gas tax. She also recently opposed a statewide ballot initiative to prohibit or restrict new mining operations that could affect salmon in the state's streams and rivers.
[proposed caption for this picture from USFWS, "Mama, don't let your babies grow up to be Republicans."]
Palin has declined to join the Western Climate Initiative. Her husband is an oil production operator for BP on Alaska's North Slope. And Gristmill reports that Palin said earlier this week, "When I look every day, the big oil company's building is right out there next to me, and it's quite a reminder that we should have mutually beneficial relationships with the oil industry."