Palin goes after Obama on energy

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), who, let's face it, has been everywhere recently, grabbed a hold of the cap-and-trade legislation recently passed by the House and President Obama's energy policy in a Washington Post op-ed on Tuesday.

Palin decries that national media's "focus on personality-driven political gossip of the day" over substance. And, "at the risk of disappointing the chattering class," says she is most concerned with President Obama's energy policy.
I am deeply concerned about President Obama's cap-and-trade energy plan, and I believe it is an enormous threat to our economy. It would undermine our recovery over the short term and would inflict permanent damage.

American prosperity has always been driven by the steady supply of abundant, affordable energy. Particularly in Alaska, we understand the inherent link between energy and prosperity, energy and opportunity, and energy and security. Consequently, many of us in this huge, energy-rich state recognize that the president's cap-and-trade energy tax would adversely affect every aspect of the U.S. economy.

Palin goes on to say the the legislation will cost the country jobs and says the legislation will cause electricity bills to rise dramatically.

The Republican also criticizes Obama's energy policy for outsourcing energy abroad.
We have an important choice to make. Do we want to control our energy supply and its environmental impact? Or, do we want to outsource it to China, Russia and Saudi Arabia? Make no mistake: President Obama's plan will result in the latter.

And finally, Palin takes a shot at Obama's campaign slogan. "Yes, we can," Palin wrote. "Just not with Barack Obama's energy cap-and-tax plan."

The op-ed is likely designed to serve two purposes. First, the Palin camp probably wants to change the channel from the focus on the coverage of Palin since her resignation announcement which has not been particularly substantive.

And second, it seeks to establish Palin's credentials on an issue - energy - that was touted as her strong suit when Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) selected her as his running mate last year. In the campaign, that expertise was rarely highlighted, though.

jeremy.jacobs@thehill.com