Segments of the first interview with Sarah Palin since she was picked to be McCain’s second in command were aired on ABC News this evening. In the interview reporter Charles Gibson grills the Alaskan Governor on her foreign policy experience, which leads to a discussion about energy. While the Governor’s short resume has been a hot topic, especially in the arena of international relations, Palin said that her work in energy is a strong credential for her foreign policy credibility and asserted that “energy is a foundation of national security.”
While we agree that energy makes the geopolitical world turn, Palin’s energy experience seems limited to the domestic supply, specifically the transport of oil and gas. It’s not as if her work on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission led her to regular negotiations with OPEC. Perhaps the basis for her considering her energy record as foreign policy cred came from giving a Canadian company a contract while working on the ANWR gas pipeline.
PALIN: But it is about reform of government and it’s about putting government back on the side of the people, and that has much to do with foreign policy and national security issues. Let me speak specifically about a credential that I do bring to this table, Charlie, and that’s with the energy independence that I’ve been working on for these years as the governor of this state that produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy, that I worked on as chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, overseeing the oil and gas development in our state to produce more for the United States.
GIBSON: I know. I’m just saying that national security is a whole lot more than energy.
PALIN: It is, but I want you to not lose sight of the fact that energy is a foundation of national security. It’s that important. It’s that significant.