Sunday, October 05, 2008

Time Magazine does a hack job on Governor Palin

From Time magazines attempt at objective reporting, Palin's Pipeline to Nowhere? By MICHAEL WEISSKOPF AND NATHAN THORNBURGH/ANCHORAGE.
Over the past 25 years, the average Alaskan has received roughly $1,200 from the state each year. When fuel costs spiraled out of control in rural Alaska, instead of focusing on suggestions to help rural residents weatherize their homes or develop small-scale renewable energy sources, Palin wrote every Alaskan a second check for $1,200.
I guess the hacks reporters investigating in Alaska don't bother to watch or listen to local news.  Otherwise, they would of heard the countless mentions of the three energy conservation programs sponsored the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation: the Home Energy Rebate Program, Weatherization Program, and the Second Mortgage Program for Energy Conservation.

The U.S. Department of Energy even highlights Governor Palins programs on their website.
July 2008
Alaskans endure some of the highest energy costs in the nation, but they are seeing some relief, thanks to legislation signed by Governor Sarah Palin in May. The measure provided $300 million to the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) for three programs to help Alaskans reduce energy bills and make their homes more energy efficient.
The Anchorage Daily News did a story about how popular the rebate program was a few days ago.
With a fresh infusion of $60 million into the state's Home Energy Rebate Program, thousands of Alaska homeowners are clamoring to receive home-improvement rebate checks worth as much as $10,000, creating an unprecedented backlog and leaving many people frustrated and stressed with the process to get a piece of the big state giveaway.
I would wager to say that this program was more successful than anything that Barack Obama has done to improve energy conservation.