Saturday, May 1, 2010

Sarah Still Wants To Drill, Baby, Drill

Sarah Palin, who grabbed Michael Steele's "drill, baby, drill" slogan with both hands in 2008, issues a statement (on Facebook, of course) about the disaster on the Gulf Coast. You can read the Facebook statement below. But Sarah Palin has been nothing but consistent in her quest for domestic oil sources. In "Going Rogue," readers will remember the dramatic account of what happened to Todd Palin's work when the Exxon Valdez spilled.

No human endeavor is ever without risk – whether it’s sending a man to the moon or extracting the necessary resources to fuel our civilization. I repeat the slogan “drill here, drill now” not out of naiveté or disregard for the tragic consequences of oil spills – my family and my state and I know firsthand those consequences. How could I still believe in drilling America’s domestic supply of energy after having seen the devastation of the Exxon-Valdez spill? I continue to believe in it because increased domestic oil production will make us a more secure, prosperous, and peaceful nation.

Sarah Palin critics take some morbid delight at the tragedy. You will read their comments on this blog even as those living on the Gulf Coast fear the worst. I will remind those critics that the new leading proponent for domestic off shore drilling is Barack Obama. The President has come around to Sarah Palin's way of thinking.

Here is Sarah's Facebook Posting:

We’ve all been shocked and saddened by the tragic events in the Gulf of Mexico. My heart breaks for coastal residents who are facing fears of the unknown impacts of the oil spill.

As an Alaskan, I can speak from the heart about the tragedy of an oil spill. For as long as I live, I will never forget the day the Exxon-Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef and millions of gallons of North Slope crude poured into the waters of our beautiful Prince William Sound. The spill was devastating to so many Alaskans who, like my own family, make their living on the water from our commercial fishing industry. “Heartbreaking” was the word my husband Todd, an Alaska Native and trained oil spill responder, used to describe the scene as we watched it unfold on land and water that we feel is sacred.

Alaskans understand the tragedy of an oil spill, and we’ve taken steps to do all we can to prevent another Exxon tragedy, but we are still pro-development. We still believe in responsible development, which includes drilling to extract energy sources, because we know that there is an inherent link between energy and security, energy and prosperity, and energy and freedom. Production of our own resources means security for America and opportunities for American workers. We need oil, and if we don’t drill for it here, we have to purchase it from countries that not only do not like America and can use energy purchases as a weapon against us, but also do not have the oversight that America has.

In the coming days, there will be hearings to discover the cause of the explosion and the subsequent leak. Actions will be taken to increase oversight to prevent future accidents. Government can and must play an appropriate role here. If a company was lax in its prevention practices, it must be held accountable. It is inexcusable for any oil company to not invest in preventative measures. They must be held accountable or the public will forever distrust the industry.

This was the position I took as an oil and gas regulator and as Governor of Alaska when my administration ramped up oversight of the oil industry and created a petroleum-systems-integrity office to monitor our oil and gas infrastructure for potential environmental risks. I took a lot of heat for the stand I took “against the oil industry” (which is how political adversaries labeled my actions). But we took tough action because there was proof of some improper maintenance of oil infrastructure which I believed was unacceptable. We instituted new oversight and held British Petroleum (BP) financially accountable for poor maintenance practices. We also filed a Friend-of-the-Court brief against Exxon’s interests for its decades-old responsibility to compensate Alaskans affected by the Valdez spill, and I took other actions “against” the industry which ultimately helped hold it accountable.

All responsible energy development must be accompanied by strict oversight, but even with the strictest oversight in the world, accidents still happen. No human endeavor is ever without risk – whether it’s sending a man to the moon or extracting the necessary resources to fuel our civilization. I repeat the slogan “drill here, drill now” not out of naiveté or disregard for the tragic consequences of oil spills – my family and my state and I know firsthand those consequences. How could I still believe in drilling America’s domestic supply of energy after having seen the devastation of the Exxon-Valdez spill? I continue to believe in it because increased domestic oil production will make us a more secure, prosperous, and peaceful nation.

Our hearts go out to all Americans along the coast affected by this recent tragedy, especially those who lost family members in the rig explosion, and our prayers go up for a successful recovery. May spill responders be safe.

- Sarah Palin

29 comments:

Greg said...

Yeah, Palin's critics are overjoyed with the oil spill. Last year when the volcano was threatening to erupt in Alaska, the leftist loons were all excited about the possibility that the volcano would hit a large oil complex. They were also hoping that the price of oil would drop to $10 a barrel. Their hatred runs much deeper than any oil well. They are very sick people.

Anonymous said...

I thought she might repent, but no. It's what the Republicans do...

Deregulation leads to disaster, so they do it more. Tax cuts lead to huge deficits, so they do it more. while professiong to be "patriots", they are doing more damage than any terrorists have done.

Anonymous said...

Sarah Palin cannot even last a whole term as governor due to her greed. She is not a smart person she can only copy what other people say and then just chant. Not a good leader, only a good actor. Ronald Reagan was an actor, but a good leader and dedicated to a strong America that had values and ideas. Palin does only what is good to Palin.

Michael April said...

Surely, we must continue to drill, the only other choice we have is foreign dependence on oil and our oil supply friends hate us.

This oil platform [British Petroleum – Socialist Europe – Britain] explosion was most likely sabotage by the dangerous loony left progressives and their allies. They will do anything; including lie, steal and murder [politically correct terrorism] to get their anti American policies [cap & trade] into effect, this is evidenced by the health care contravention with it’s ‘death panels’ and progressive covert modus operandi.
Drill Baby Drill is right!
The Tea Party is right!
Sarah Palin is right!
America is right!

drill-baby-drill said...

Maybe we could park Sarah Palin at the Gulf and have her open her big mouth so that she could suck down some "drill baby drill" oil.

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I'm a fan of Sarah Palin but I saw this comment posted on a another political/news site and found it to be really-really funny, partly true, and right on rhetorical-wise.

It exposes her for the 1/3-1/2 a RINO phony that she really is. I actually do like her.

For any real Conservative views/moves she has/done. Good for
her for backing up the Governor of Arizona.

But I criticize her when she should be. I don't go for her RINO talking points, such as the "drill baby drill" bs.

alcohol-can-be-a-gas said...

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"Alcohol is the best available major US widescale self reliant fuel/energy alternative to major problem-baggaged/foreign/domestic/environmental/military conflicts/bankrupting-
$$$-oil/gasoline.

It can be extracted in massive amounts from a long list of easily grown high energy yield non-food type crops and low quality corn that can be grown on sandy, marshy, marginal, and regular farmland."

Alcohol Can Be A Gas

Sarah Palin said...

I repeat the slogan “drill here, drill now” not out of naiveté or disregard for the tragic consequences of oil spills. I repeat the slogan out of my lust for power and because of my insatiable greed. Ya know, the oil and insurance industries pay me a lot, so, I say whatever they want (wink). What can I say, I'm just a big maveric.

Anonymous said...

This oil platform [British Petroleum – Socialist Europe – Britain] explosion was most likely sabotage by the dangerous loony left progressives and their allies.

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Right on, Michael. It couldn't possibly be that the oil companies screwed up. Moron.

Sarah Palin....again. can't stop talkin' ya know said...

Our hearts go out to all Americans along the coast affected by this recent tragedy, especially those who lost family members in the rig explosion, and our prayers go up for a successful recovery. Of course, we also hope that no one puts two and two together and notices that the GOP has been consistently hostile to alternative energy, leaving us dangerously dependent on oil.

Anonymous said...

Love means you never have to say you're sorry. Eric Seagel

Being Republican means you never have to admit your wrong or apologize to anyone. Sarah Palin

Anonymous said...

This oil platform [British Petroleum – Socialist Europe – Britain] explosion was most likely sabotage by the dangerous loony left progressives and their allies. They will do anything; including lie, steal and murder [politically correct terrorism] to get their anti American policies [cap & trade] into effect, this is evidenced by the health care contravention with it’s ‘death panels’ and progressive covert modus operandi.
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Wow! I can see why Sarah loves you so, Michael. Whatever happens in the world reliably gets filtered so that the major corporations are right and the American people are wrong.

What the? said...

P.S. Welcome back, Michael April. The Palins put you back on the payroll?

What the? said...

Not to condone what the kid did to hack Sarah's web site, but I'll bet the kid spends more time in jail than do most of the corporate crooks who have been stealing billions.

As Mother Jones once said about the prison population: "Lots that are in should be out; lots that are out should be in."

Anonymous said...

"This oil platform [British Petroleum – Socialist Europe – Britain] explosion was most likely sabotage by the dangerous loony left progressives and their allies."

Looking for loony? Read your own words, dude.

Anonymous said...

Of course Ms. Sarah would continue to say "drill, baby, drill". Our President takes a much safer view of things by saying we need to find the cause of this before we move forward. Ms. Sarah, on the other hand, just continues with her stupid remarks with no thought as to how we can work to prevent this in the future, just her stupid "drill, baby, drill". She makes these ridiculous comments with no regard to common sense. Remember her death panel statement? Need I say more? And Michael April...you are picking up on Ms. Sarah's paranoia, "sabatoge by the dangerous looney left"????? Come on, you can do better than that!

Anonymous said...

Shame on you - you should go work in the cleaning up of the mess and look into the eyes of all God's creatures that are and will die - America can do better than this - we can be green.

Anonymous said...

Since leaving office at the end of July 2009, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee has brought in at least 100 times her old salary – a haul now estimated at more than $12 million -- through television and book deals and a heavy schedule of speaking appearances worth five and six figures.
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I wonder if I can get paid that for selling my soul....

Anonymous said...

Can't help but notice...the big corporations and their puppets like Sarah Palin are always bad mouthing government regulation. Government screws up everything, right. But then, when the corporations screw up big time, who do you think pays the costs?

Thousands will lose their livelihoods for who knows how long. An important source of food is wiped out. Tourism takes a big hit. And just watch and see how many of your tax dollars will go to clean up BP's mess.

Go Sarah, go! BTW, maybe Sarah, you could contribute some of those millions the corporations have been giving you to spew their propaganda to help with the cleanup?? Didn't think so.

Anonymous said...

Our hearts go out to all Americans along the coast affected by this recent tragedy, especially those who lost family members in the rig explosion. But, tough noogies. That's the way the cookie crumbles. Time to get on with what matters most: profits for the oil companies. I pledge that I will do my best to stop alternative energy and any efforts at energy conservation. Let's all pray for BP...may the taxpayers absorb all the costs so that this terrible act of God won't impact their bottom line.

Sarah Palin

What the? said...

Too bad about all of you whose livelihoods have been destroyed. Just remember, oil companies are good.

Well, Ta Ta. I must be off to sip latte with another corporation who wants to give me millions to spew their propaganda.

Wink wink,

Sarah

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Palin's critics are overjoyed with the oil spill.
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Greg,

I am a critic of Palin's and an environmentalist (as we all should be--we all need clean air, water, etc. to survive), but I am absolutely sickened by the oil spill. Thousands of square miles of fishing area off limits, animals dying from the oil, people out of work.... I'm not sure where you get your info that the "leftist loons" are overjoyed.

If anything good comes of this, it might be that we come to our senses and tell the GOP to stuff it when they tell us we have to deregulate everything. How many disasters do we have to endure before people wake up and realize that a lot of these corporate clowns are not to be trusted??

Anonymous said...

this is evidenced by the health care contravention with it’s ‘death panels’

Hey Michael....didn't you see that the Death Panel fib was called the Lie of the Year? Yet, you keep repeating it. Why?

QuizMasterChris said...

Obama/Biden = McCain/Palin on pretty much every issue.

The two top Senate BP donations in 2008 were to Obama & McCain, in that order.

There are two corporate parties who spread war, fear, poverty and environmental disaster.

I always voted for Ralph Nader.

Anonymous said...

"Sarah still wants to Drill, Baby, Drill."


Of course she does. The oil companies don't care about desecrating the environment, and as a puppet of the oil companies, she doesn't either.

Anonymous said...

Palin's critics are overjoyed with the oil spill.

Greg,

I'm sorry, but that's just downright ignorant.

Anonymous said...

Of course she still wants to drill. Let's not wait to see what the cause was or how to prevent it, let's just drill, baby, drill. What a fool. Does she ever think anything through and the consequences?

Anonymous said...

Does Todd still work for BP?

Handsome said...

Anonymous said...
Does Todd still work for BP?

May 7, 2010 4:09 AM
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No, not at the moment. He resigned in September 2009, reportedly to spend more time with his family.
However, former flak woman Meg Stapleton said he loved his job and hoped to return at some point:
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2009/10/03/2009-10-03_todd_palin_resigns_from_oil_job_.html

Translation: Let's all hop aboard the grifting train.

Palin's Drill Baby Drill mantra does not hold up to even basic economic or industry examination.
Her claim that ANWR would bring energy security also does not stand up to examination: ANWAR only has 10.4 billion recoverable barrels of oil (http://www.oilgasarticles.com/articles/104/1/Alaskan-Oil-Production/Page1.html) and Alaska's Outer Continental Shelf estimates of 27 billion barrels would, once extracted, only provide energy for a 3-4 year period, based on the CIA factbook regarding U.S oil consumption of 19.5 million barrels per day.

Her anti BP stance is simply posturing to enhance her "real American" street cred; ignoring the blatant hypocrisy of fact the First Dude was employed by BP for 20 years (give/take)and that BP was involved in pipeline discussions.

She is nothing but a charlatan spouting simple soundbite solutions to complex problems and wrote a book of distortions, lies and scapegoating. Sound eerily familiar? In 1924, an Austrain art school reject who found a place among a mix Germany's disaffected
veterans, lower class rural populace, frustrated corporate/industrial elites wrote a book of distortions, simplistic solutions and platitudes and scapegoating of ethnic minorities, intellectuals, trade unions and the elected German government. He too used language like "real Germans" and the proud Volk. His name was Adolf Hitler and his book MEIN KAMPF (My Struggle) was a best seller in Germany.

What did the world get? A second world war; the extermination of a people based on religion; the mass murder of many other peoples who did not fit Hitler's paradigm of "real Germans" and in a way, the United States is still trapped in a policy conundrum because of the Middle East situation that was created partly by British and French imperialism after WWI and partly because of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Sarah Palin, while in herself is a joke, is also a dangerous demagogue. Hitler was regarded as a joke and a bad actor in the 1920s; parodied as a clown. Yet, he managed to get into power and do significant damage to Germany and the world. Palin is simply Adolf Hitler with female anatomy and better PR packaging. Like Hitler, she draws support from several different voting segments:

-Big business seeking policies that benefit their profit interests: Deregulation and tax cuts being the two key policies. This segment includes oil and traditional energy sector and the military industrial complex

-Socially conservative evangelical voters concentrated in rural points of U.S.; the South/Appalachia and parts of the Midwest and West

-Neoconservatives: Commonly known as former liberal intellectuals who came to espouse a more confrontational foreign policy towards Soviet Union an now advocate a more hardline policy in the Middle East; wielded great power within George W. Bush WH and were key in march to invade Iraq. Their worldview differs greatly from traditional conservatives and Republicans, often called realists i.e. Ike, Nixon, Bush Sr, James Baker, General Anthony Zinni.

She plays up populist resentment yet shills for policies that would actually hurt the middle and working classes. Yet, she is able to draw support from working and middle class rural segments; not so much from the industrial working class, whom often tend to be union members and tend to vote Democratic.

Read about Hitler's rise and compare. There are eerie similarities.

wake-up-alcohol-can-be-a-gas said...

Wake up !!!

Alcohol is the best available major US widescale self reliant fuel/energy alternative to major problem-baggaged/foreign/domestic/environmental/military conflicts/bankrupting
-$$$-oil/gasoline.

It can be extracted in massive amounts from a long list of easily grown high energy yield non-food type crops and low quality corn that can be grown on sandy, marshy, marginal, and regular farmland."

Alcohol Can Be A Gas