Sarah Palin vs. Tom Friedman

sarah-palin-alaska-governor Just as Thomas Friedman speaks for a certain segment of Americans, so does Alaska Governor and former V.P. candidate, Sarah Palin.  Palin has spoken out recently against The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES)  bill currently under debate by Congress.

You might remember from Friedman’s column a few weeks ago that he believes, while not a great bill, this is a vital first step to mitigating climate change.  And he even calls out Republicans for watering it down:

What are Republicans thinking? It is not as if they put forward a different strategy, like a carbon tax. Does the G.O.P. want to be the party of sex scandals and polluters or does it want to be a partner in helping America dominate the next great global industry: E.T. — energy technology? How could Republicans become so anti-environment, just when the country is going green?

But Sarah Palin says that the ACES bill is built on the backs of the poor and middle class, who will pay more for energy and food prices.  She also says:

We must move in a new direction. We are ripe for economic growth and energy independence if we responsibly tap the resources that God created right underfoot on American soil. Just as important, we have more desire and ability to protect the environment than any foreign nation from which we purchase energy today.

So who is right, here?  Is it possible that they are both right?  Can we do what it takes to stop climate change without hurting those most vulnerable?  Or do we just have to bite it and know it will hurt?  Is this just political posturing between both parties?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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