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McCain-Palin is the Energy / Cleantech Dream Ticket

Posted Sep 07 2008 7:57pm
John McCain picked first term Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska as his veep choice today. I love this pick.

She's a 44 yer old first term, youngest and first, woman Governor of Alaska. She's known as a maverick and anti-establishment in Alaska, and has taken on Republicans and the oil industry over ethics and pork. She beat two longtime Alaskan political heavyweights to win the Governorship. She's a fiscal conservative, anti pork, pro drilling, and pro Alaskan gas pipeline. She used to be on Alaska's oil & gas commission, and is a progressive on climate change. Her bio from Wikipedia. So what does the choice of Palin mean for McCain's climate change and alternative energy focused energy policy?

In some ways she and John McCain make an energy /cleantech dream ticket. He has made his reputation in energy around proposed legislation like the McCain-Lieberman climate change bill, the most well thought out climate change bill yet proposed in the US. He's got an energy plan hinging on domestic drilling, transport fuel switching, alternative energy expansion in power, progressive climate change policy and energy efficiency. More progressive on energy and environment than any Republican in history.

And he's adding a climate change progressive domestic energy expert to the ticket. Not a bad combo for cleantech.

Neal Dikeman is a founding partner atJane Capital Partners LLC, a boutique merchant bank advising strategic investors and startups in cleantech. He is the founding CEO ofCarbonflow, founding contributor ofCleantech Blog, a Contributing Editor toAlt Energy Stocks, Chairman ofCleantech.org, and a blogger forCNET's Greentech blog.
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