Palin to RNC: It’s Drill or “Do Nothing at All”

If there was any question as to where a John McCain-Sarah Palin White House would stand on transportation, the prospective VP’s speech to the Republican National Convention left little room for doubt. Here’s Palin from last night, via valley_511.jpgGrist:

"Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all
of America’s energy problems — as if we all didn’t know that already.
But the fact that drilling won’t solve every problem is no excuse to do
nothing at all. Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we’re going to
lay more pipelines and build more nuclear plants and create jobs with
clean coal and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other
alternative sources."

Grist notes that Palin, um, fudged a little in her refutation of Alaska’s "Bridge to Nowhere." Despite her claim that as governor she turned down federal funds for the bridge, Palin once supported the much-maligned project, and Alaska is using the earmarks intended for it to build a road to the proposed bridge site.

Though Palin scored millions in hated "pork" for bus and rail projects, her tenure as mayor of Wasilla apparently did not bring about much in the way of livable streets improvements.

Writes Charles Wohlforth in The New Republic:

I had written a Frommer’s travel guidebook about Alaska (I live in Anchorage
and was on the Municipal Assembly here at the time). In the book, I frankly
described Wasilla as a place to skip, "the worst kind of suburban sprawl of
highway-fronting shopping malls and gravel lots."

Wasilla boosters were furious and a local media debate erupted.
A good many people came in on my side: Wasilla, with a complete lack of community
planning, is truly Alaska’s
least attractive town.

Streetsblogger Doc Barnett concurs:

Frommer’s description of Wasilla is accurate. Its residents (including
some of my family) live there to get away from all the big-city
problems of multicultural Anchorage. No, seriously. And then they try
to figure out how to shorten driving times around the gigantic natural
feature (Cook Inlet) they have decided to put between themselves and
their jobs (if any).

In a collection of local news headlines tracking Palin’s career, Politico lists a story citing her support for a Wasilla bill to outlaw non-motorized vehicles — "skateboards, in-line skates, bicycles, scooters" — on public or private property where signage prohibited their use, under penalty of fines and/or confiscation.

Photo from Wasilla, AK via Mudflats

  • Max Rockatansky

    I was pretty shocked that she pulled out the “drilling or nothing” line. Then again her entire biography collapses under scrutiny so what’s one more lie?

  • Shemp

    I thought it was great that, by acclamation, the Republicans summed up their platform and philosophy with the extremely succinct “Drill Baby Drill” chant.

  • Rich Wilson

    I strongly recommend comment #29 here: http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/09/palin_tells_her.html

    for the best “insider’s guid” to Palin I’ve read anywhere.

  • That Mat-Su Cinema photo is the best thing on the internet this week, but this Slate photo montage of Wasilla is also excellent:
    http://www.slatev.com/player.html?id=1772099431

    Streetsblog readers will enjoy the slowly widening shot of Wasilla’s “downtown”.

  • Max Rockatansky

    Rich – Thanks for the link. Frightening stuff, more proof that McCain took a wild stab in the dark in picking his VP.

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