Palin a concerning choice for environmentalists

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Friends of the Earth Action President Brent Blackwelder had the following statement in response to the announcement that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will be the Republicans’ candidate for vice president:

“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.

“Palin’s addition to the ticket underscores the difference between the candidates on environmental issues. The McCain-Palin ticket is a recipe for energy disaster. Barack Obama and Joe Biden offer a vastly superior agenda.”


Nick Berning, 202-222-0748