Group: Palin’s energy claims ‘not even close’ to the truth

Map of the Trans Alaska Pipeline route

Map of the Trans Alaska Pipeline route

According to an article by Rena Delbridge published in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on September 17, 2008, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s that she is in charge of 20% of the US energy supply and that Alaska supplies that 20%.  However, careful investigation by the nonpartisan fact-check group FactCheck.org has found this to be an extreme exaggeration on the part of Palin and GOP Presidential candidate Senator John McCain.  Alaska was actually responsible for 3.5% of domestic energy production and only 2.4% of total energy consumed during 2007 in the United States.  ~ Sarah Palin Truth Squad

A nonpartisan fact-checking organization says Gov. Sarah Palin is “not even close” to the truth in her claims that Alaska supplies 20 percent of the country’s energy.

FactCheck.org said Sen. John McCain also is wrong when he touts Palin as being in charge of 20 percent of America’s energy supply.

Both candidates issued the claims in interviews with ABC’s Charles Gibson. Palin also made the claim at a campaign event Monday in Golden, Colo.

Palin was interviewed several times during two days last week in Alaska by Gibson. According to the transcript on ABC’s Web site, http://www.abc.com, Palin said, “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.”

Hold it right there, FactCheck.org says. Twenty percent?

“If you’re going to be an energy expert – if that’s going to be your credential for being vice president of the United States – you should at least be able to get the numbers straight,” said Brooks Jackson, director of FactCheck.org.

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.

“Either way, whether she meant total energy production or total energy consumption, she was off by a full order of magnitude,” Jackson said. “I’m sure it was true once, that Alaska produced 20 percent of the oil produced in the U.S., but certainly not 20 percent of the oil consumed in the U.S.”

In a Sept. 3 interview with Gibson, McCain, talking about his running mate, said: “This is a very dynamic person. (Palin has) been governor of our largest state, in charge of 20 percent of America’s energy supply.” 

Group: Palin’s energy claims ‘not even close’ to the truth

Alaska oil pipeline along James Dalton Highway in winter

Alaska oil pipeline along James Dalton Highway in winter

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