FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE No 09-09
Governor Palin Releases Energy Guide
Goal: 50 Percent of Electricity Generation from Renewable Sources by 2025 January 16, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin today praised energy coordinator Steve Haagenson and the Alaska Energy Authority for the release of their comprehensive guide to energy in Alaska. The guide, Alaska Energy — A First Step Toward Energy Independence, identifies energy options for communities across the state.
“While lower crude oil prices are reducing the costs of energy today, we must remain committed to achieving energy security for our future economic well-being,” Governor Palin said.
The guide identifies and prioritizes energy projects; puts into place legal and government structures needed to allow them to go forward; and identifies potential funding sources.
“This tool will focus each community on their relative options for generating electricity and heat through the use of locally available resources,” said Haagenson.
The plan calls for Alaskans, the Legislature, local and regional governments, the University of Alaska and the private sector to work together to ensure that by 2025 half of the state’s electricity comes from renewable sources.
A copy of "Alaska Energy – A First Step Toward Energy Independence" can be found here.
Audio from today’s announcement can be found here.
Governor Palin continues her effort to "get things done" for the people of Alaska and for the energy security of the United States. On the other hand, President Obama is simply offering "more of the same." In his address today, President Obama rehashed his campaign pledges and continued in the tradition of "grand ideas." Obama has done nothing in his time in the U.S. Senate to prove that he is committed to moving past campaign rhetoric.
Governor Palin has also campaigned on grand ideas. However, unlike President Obama, Governor Palin works hard to deliver on her pledges.
I would like to take you back to Governor Palin’s convention speech, where she said:
This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word "victory" except when he’s talking about his own campaign. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed… when the roar of the crowd fades away… when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot – what exactly is our opponent’s plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger… take more of your money… give you more orders from Washington… and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy… our opponent is against producing it.
Governor Palin does not rely solely on lofty rhetoric to get the job done for the people of Alaska.
FULL TEXT OF ALASKA ENERGY PLAN HERE