PALIN: Let me speak specifically about a credential that I do bring to this table, Charlie, and that’s with the energy independence that I’ve been working on for these years as the governor of this state that produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy.Here is the truth:
MCCAIN: This is a very dynamic person. (Palin has) been governor of our largest state, in charge of 20 percent of America’s energy supply.
For 2007, Alaska is credited with 14 percent of U.S. domestic oil production, or 263.6 million barrels, according to the federal Energy Information Administration. However, Alaska accounts for only 5 percent of U.S. oil supplies, which come from foreign and domestic sources. But, Palin failed to qualify the stats as oil-only production. Alaska was responsible for 3.5 percent of domestic energy production and only 2.4 percent of total energy consumed in the U.S.Are McCain and Palin lying about energy to intentionally mislead voters? Or are both candidates simply not up-to-speed on the facts?
“Either way, whether she meant total energy production or total energy consumption, she was off by a full order of magnitude,” Jackson said.
Either way, are these the kinds of leaders that we need in the White House?