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Analysis: McCain’s choice of Palin for veep could change energy debate

WASHINGTON (AP) _ If Democrats hoped to paint Republican John McCain a pawn of Big Oil, their task has become a bit more complicated with the selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.

While an ardent advocate for more drilling

As the presidential campaign moves into high gear in the coming weeks, McCain and Democratic nominee Barack Obama will duel over two overriding energy issues: whether to expand offshore oil drilling into areas long off-limits and whether to impose new taxes on the biggest, wealthiest oil companies enjoying tens of billions of dollars in windfall profits.

Palin, a popular governor in a state that for decades has been closely tied to oil, may be a political novice, but she is anything but a newcomer when it comes to these two issues. And her emergence as McCain’s No. 2 and possibly the country’s next vice president, could shift the campaign’s energy debate.

When it comes to the oil industry is Palin friend or foe?

The answer may not be black or white but shades of gray.


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