Last week the Republican presidential contender John McCain announced his choice for running mate and Vice President. John McCain selected a rather unknown 44 year-old women named Sarah Palin from Alaska.
The pro-lifer Sarah Palin, a lifetime member of the NRA, was the former mayor of a town of 9,000 for nearly two years. She wants to teach creationism in schools and is "a firm believer in free market capitalism." She is also in the centre of the "TrooperGate" scandal currently being unfolded in Alaska. During an interview with Larry Kudlow from CNBC's "Kudlow & Co" Sarah Palin said that someone needed to explain for her "what is it exactly that the VP does every day?" According to Cindy McCain, "Palin has national security experience because Alaska is close to Russia."
Already now it's perfectly clear that Sarah Palin is inappropriate and incompetent for the Vice President position and being one heartbeat away from the presidency for one of the most powerful superpowers in the world.
You could ask yourself why John McCain selected Sarah Palin as his running mate, and if he really was sane at that moment. Faye Palin, Palin's mother-in-law, also wonders that very same question as she said to a New York Daily News reporter that "I'm not sure what she brings to the ticket other than she's a woman and a conservative." But it seems not even John McCain liked the idea of Sarah Palin as the Vice President of USA.
We have earlier reported about Joe Biden, the Democrats nominee for Vice President, and his impressive green environmental record. So the question is. How green is really Sarah Palin?
Sarah Palin hates polar bears as she doesn't want to add them to her nation's list of endangered species, saying "listing the polar bear as threatened is the wrong way to get to the right answer." She has also filed a lawsuit seeking to reverse that very decision.
Sarah Palin wants to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve. She also wants more offshore drilling.
Sarah Palin has supported and led Alaska's efforts to shoot down wolves from airplanes and helicopters.
Sarah Palin denies that global warming is man-made, saying "I'm not one though who would attribute it to being man-made."
Sarah Palin is married to Todd Palin, an oil field production operator from BP. And that is something that surely will become an interest conflict between her and big oil. Sarah Palin has said that she "want to make sure that that VP slot would be a fruitful type of position, especially for Alaskans and for the things that we're trying to accomplish up here for the rest of the U.S." And during a phone interview with the Anchorage Daily News Palin said that "I am happy to and very honored to be asked to do this. I know it's going to be great for Alaska."
Jacob from the blog Force Change tells us that Sarah Palin supports mining in Bristol Bay, which could threaten salmon, bears, and caribou. He lists three other major anti-green policies from Sarah Palin and comes to the conclusion that her "overall position towards the environment is quite poor."
Gristmill also has a lengthy post about Sarah Palin and her record on issues related to energy and the environment. For example they list Sarah Palinâ€™s support to build a natural-gas pipeline from Alaska's North Slope and her suggestion to eliminate Alaska's gas tax.
Gristmill also lists several quotes from Sarah Palin and from people who have reacted to her nomination. Such as this one from Gene Karpinski, the President of the League of Conservation Voters:
Sarah Palin is, like I said earlier, still very unknown and we don't yet know all her standpoints when it comes to the environment. As the election progress continues we will probably find out more. But one thing is for sure. Her environmental record is not even half as good as Joe Biden's.
So if you want to vote "green" and end George Bush's last eight years of failed economic and environmental policies John McCain, Sarah Palin nor the Republican Party should be an option for you.