Hey, lemme tell you about gas prices ... (Photo by Roger H. Goun.)

Newt Gingrich told conservative activists on Wednesday that Sarah “Drill Baby Drill” Palin would be an ideal candidate for secretary of energy.

“I can’t imagine anybody who would do a better job of driving us to an energy solution than Gov. Palin, for example,” Gingrich said during a conference call hosted by Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition. “Tell her that she would certainly be on the list of one of the people we would consider.”

No matter that Palin is clueless about how global energy markets work. In trying to blame President Obama for high gas prices in May 2011, she made these rambling and nonsensical remarks to Fox News: “But rising gas prices — there is an inherent link, David, between energy and security, energy and prosperity, and energy and freedom, and this is something that obviously our president doesn’t understand because he’s doing all that he can to manipulate the U.S. supply of energy. He is diminishing and decreasing the amount of energy in our market domestically and that, of course, resulting in prices that are rising and gas having doubled since he has been in office.”

She also doesn’t understand climate change, cap-and-trade, and, oh, so much else.

Of course, Gingrich’s own energy and climate views are awfully muddled, so perhaps he hasn’t noticed.

Gingrich also said he would consider Palin as a running mate, though one might figure he was just being courteous, as that strategy didn’t work out so well for the last Republican presidential nominee. Considering how Gingrich’s poll numbers are tanking in Iowa, it’s unlikely we’ll get the chance to find out how sincere he really was.