Palin: A No-Go with Environmentalists « The Washington Independent
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin might have been an attractive VP choice for a McCain campaign hoping to capture alienated Hillary Rodham Clinton supporters, but it’s done nothing but heighten opposition from environmentalists, who note that Palin’s record makes her hardly earth-friendly.
Within an hour of the McCain camp’s announcement, the statements of condemnation were already flying. From Friends of the Earth Action President Brent Blackwelder:
“Sarah Palin’s record is not extensive — just two years ago she was the mayor of a city of less than 10,000 people — but what her record indicates is troubling. This spring, she opposed the listing of polar bears as a ‘threatened’ species. She supports the brutal aerial hunting of wolves. And she has been a friend of Big Oil, opposing a windfall profits tax on the oil industry that could fund affordable clean energy for more Americans. Palin’s husband works for BP.”
And from Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope: “With the pick of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin for his running mate, John McCain’s race towards the Bush administration’s failed energy policy is now complete.”
Not that most conservatives have ever cared about the environment, but, again, this pick was intended to reel in former Clinton fans. And they probably do.