In this year’s SOTU, the President invited the nation to join him in meeting his fantasy goal of generating 80 percent of all US electricity from clean sources. Shortly thereafter, unicorns jumped over the rainbow and St. Patrick found his pot of gold. Fairy tales make for good bedtime stories, but they don’t power economies. Similarly, while many Americans may like the notion that we could power the American economy with green, clean, and abundant energy tomorrow, today it’s a myth.

This weekend, former Alaska Governor and conservative feminist icon Sarah Palin challenged President Obama’s push towards green energy as harmful to the nation, in her speech in New Delhi, India. The question, “what the heck is Palin doing in India?” aside for just a minute, Palin’s comments on Obama’s futile energy policy ideas were right on. Jordian Fabian reports in the Hill:

During her first foreign trip in 2011, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) slammed President Obama’s green-energy policy as a “social engineering” project that hurts the U.S. economy.  … “This push for green energy at the expense of conventional, reliable sources is not a credible energy policy,” Palin said during her address at the India Today Conclave in the capital city of New Delhi.

President Obama’s fondness for costly and unreliable renewable energy is especially troubling at this time where the nation is nearly buried under its national debt, and families everywhere are still struggling to make ends meet. The simple fact is that green energy depends on taxpayer-funded subsidies to exist, and even given lavish subsidies, green energy contributes an only minuscule amount to US electricity generation. 

The Independent Women’s Forum just launched its March policy focus, and this month it’s all about Misguided Renewable Energy Policies. The newsletter explores, among other things, some of the reasons why renewable sources are so costly, unreliable, and inconvenient, and suggests that political motives are the main drivers of misguided renewable energy policies. Read more here.