“In all the analysis, commentary, reaction, second guessing and prognosticating on the impact of John McCain’s choice of Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, her most obvious area of experience and expertise is being strangely neglected: She is the only candidate among the four on the major-party tickets who has a first-hand understanding of the energy sector. That is an important credential in a national campaign where anxiety over energy issues now surpasses even war fatigue among voters’ top concerns,” Dave Juday writes at www.weeklystandard.com.
“Indeed, Congress, lead by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is now going to try to cram some kind of figleaf legislation through in the last 10 days scheduled for this session. Pelosi has even come up with a plan to have some — but not full — debate on off-shore drilling issues.
“That discussion, of course, has federal versus state implications with which Palin is quite familiar. The irony is that, despite the scripted disparagement from Democratic politicians and operatives about Palin’s experience, she happens to be one of the most experienced elected officials in the nation on the very issue the Democratic House speaker now deems the top priority for the ‘last act’ of the 110th Congress,” said Mr. Juday, who is a commodity-market analyst.
“Prior to being governor, Palin served on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, a state entity that manages the state’s oil and gas leases. Part of the commission’s management charge is to balance the potential conflict between Alaska’s short-term revenue interest from high production rates with the longer-term interests of maximizing ultimate recovery from slower extraction. In other words, Palin has been a hands-on decision maker dealing with the technicalities of reservoir engineering science within the policymaking context of federalism and economic policy. Her voice of experience should be a welcome one in the debate over energy policy.”