Thursday, September 18, 2008

Energetically Wrong.

I really do love the work being done during this election by FactCheck.Org. They appear, to me anyway, to be calling out both Republicans and the Democrats when they stretch the truth.

They have now turned their attention to Sarah Palin's claim that Alaska "produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy" and have stated that this is simply "not true".

Alaska did produce 14 percent of all the oil from U.S. wells last year, but that's a far cry from all the "energy" produced in the U.S.

Alaska's share of domestic energy production was 3.5 percent, according to the official figures kept by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

And if by "supply" Palin meant all the energy consumed in the U.S., and not just produced here, then Alaska's production accounted for only 2.4 percent.
It'll be interesting to see if this fact will change Palin's behaviour and stops her from making this claim in future. The fact that she is saying things which are untrue about the bridge to nowhere and selling Alaskan jets on EBay long after these things have been proven to be untrue doesn't fill me with any great hope though.

I have never known any campaign to have as little respect for factual accuracy as the one being run by McCain and Palin.

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