vildmark (vildmark) wrote,

Sarah Palin sticks to the script, regardless

You want out of touch? How about Sarah Palin starting the "drill, baby, drill" chant at a solar technology startup?

excerpted from a story at;_ylt=Ap4oekyRbRHgT0Vz3CAYp5Mb.3QA:

Palin delivered a policy address in which she called for a "clean break" from the Bush administration's energy policies. She said the White House plans rely too much on importing foreign oil. {T]he Alaska governor said the recent drop in gas and oil prices shouldn't deter consumers and lawmakers from seeking alternative energy sources. She cast energy independence as a national security issue and said dependence on Middle East oil leaves the U.S. more vulnerable to terrorists.

"We not only provide wealth to the sponsors of terror, we provide high-value targets to the terrorists themselves," Palin said. "Across the world are pipelines, refineries, transit routes and terminals for the oil we rely on. And al-Qaida terrorists know where they are."

Despite Palin's attempt to distance McCain's energy policies from those of the Bush administration, the Arizona senator's energy plan largely mirrors the priorities President Bush has pushed for eight years, especially more domestic production.

Palin spoke after touring Xunlight Corp., one of a handful of solar technology startup companies in Toledo, a struggling industrial city in this swing state. The city's leaders are hoping the solar companies will create jobs to replace some of those lost by downsizing in the auto industry.

But she made only a passing reference to solar power in her speech and instead renewed her call for more drilling in U.S. coastal waters. She repeated her signature anthem, "Drill, baby, drill," which seemed to fall a bit flat on the audience even as it's become a popular chant at her rallies.

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