Palin rips Obama energy policy as ‘social engineering’
2008 vice presidential nominee’s visit to India stirred
speculation that she would enter the 2012 race, and her speech
indicated that she would use energy as a wedge issue against Obama
should she choose to run for president.
The former Alaska
governor touted her knowledge of energy issues, rattling off her
accomplishments as governor and before that as an energy regulator in
her home state.
Her speech comes after Obama’s energy
policies have come under withering criticism from many Republicans amid
a spike in gas-and-oil prices.
The president has called for a
safety review of U.S. nuclear power facilities in the wake of Japan’s
nuclear crisis. Obama has not, however, called for a moratorium on new
nuclear power projects.
“Energy is the key,” Palin said.
“I’m a true believer in environmental conservation and stewardship of
the land. … I am as a conservationist in favor of an all of the above
approach when it comes to energy.”