Well, now we know why Sarah Palin is quitting as governor of Alaska.
In an op-ed in today's Washington Post, she announced her new focus: killing our chance to build a clean energy economy, starting with the energy bill currently in Congress.1
Her op-ed is a marvel of misinformation and outright lies. Just like conservatives in Congress, Palin is trotting out the "energy taxes" scare tactic, and arguing instead for more drilling and more dirty coal. This bill already has too many giveaways to Big Coal and Big Oil, but that's still not enough for Palin.2
As ridiculous as Sarah Palin's lies are, they're getting attention, and they're a real threat to clean energy. If we can raise enough money today, we'll run a rapid response ad to counter these lies and stop Palin's attack. Can you donate $25?
This is the same Sarah Palin who doesn't believe climate change is caused by humans.3 The same Sarah Palin who is obsessed with drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. And the same Sarah Palin who's looking for controversial issues to launch a 2012 presidential bid.
Now she's positioning herself as the face of the conservative attack against clean energy, against the Clean Air Act—even against the creation of millions of new jobs in solar and wind.4
But wind and solar create more than twice as many jobs as coal and oil.5 Clean energy is the only way to make America's economy competitive in the 21st century.
The truth is we need a stronger energy bill in the Senate to combat our economic and climate crisis, but Sarah Palin's lies could sink our hopes for a clean energy economy. Chip in $25 to fight back against Palin's false claims:
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–Anna, Eli, Noah, Carrie and the rest of the team
1. "The 'Cap And Tax' Dead End," The Washington Post, July 14, 2009
2. "With Something for Everyone, Climate Bill Passed," The New York Times, June 30, 2009
3. "Palin: Global Warming Not Man-Made," ABC News, August 29, 2008
4. Memo on Clean Air Act authority, Pawa Law, July 2, 2009 [PDF]
5. "Green Recovery: A Program to Create Good Jobs and Start Building a Low-Carbon Economy," Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, September 2008
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