From the moment Sarah Palin came to the attention of the national media, the only “policy” slogan we might associate with her, that was more specific than “common sense conservatism” was “drill-baby-drill.” Admittedly, Barack Obama advocated a more environmentally responsible program of energy development, with the clear goals of protecting the environment and working towards energy independence. Initially Obama was not in favor of additional off-shore drilling, but on March 31st he unveiled a plan to expand the U.S. coastal areas available for offshore drilling. Some might have expected Palin to have claimed victory. Some might have anticipated that Palin would have suggested that the President had learned something from her. Wrong! Instead Sarah now complains that Obama’s plan is a “joke”. (http://finance.yahoo.com/tech-ticker/sarah-palin-explains-why-the-news-of-offshore-drilling)
Sarah’s new slogan is “stall-baby-stall”. Palin explained that she doesn’t like the President’s plan because there were going to be “studies” associated with the proposed plan for off-shore drilling. Palin explains:
“As the former governor of one of America’s largest energy-producing states, a state oil and gas commissioner, and chair of the nation’s Interstate Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, I’ve seen plenty of such studies. What we need is action…”
This quote from Palin lacks persuasiveness because…
- She resigned as the Governor of Alaska.
- She resigned from the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. (“Rebuttal to the Rogue” pg. 37)
- Palin has never been fond of the people who study in high school or at the five colleges she attended. She seems to prefer friends who are interested in the weather and smoking pot. (“Trailblazer”)
Palin was also quoted as saying:
“…Arctic exploration and development is a slow, demanding process. Delays or major restrictions in accessing these resources for environmentally responsible development are not in the national interest or the interests of the State of Alaska.” (http://finance.yahoo.com/tech-ticker/sarah-palin-expalins-why-new-offshore-drilling)
How would delays caused by an effort to be “environmentally responsible” not be in the national interest? The only logical conclusion is that Palin feels it is in our national interest to be “environmentally irresponsible”, or that the state of Alaska is interested in environmental irresponsibility.
Before Palin resigned as governor, Richard Feinberg was an oil and gas analyst who consulted with Palin’s administration during 2007 and 2008. See, http://www.globalresearch.ca/indes/hph?context. Jamail, Global Research.com, and Insider: Palin Failed to Lead on Oil and Gas Safety in Alaska. Feinberg said:
“Based on my first-hand experience, I can tell you that Sarah Palin is misinforming the public on ACES (Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share-one of three pieces of legislation for which she takes credit.)-as she does on many other issues. “Ibid.
While Palin takes credit for ACES, it was in fact not a new system, but modification to a new tax plan her predecessors put in place before she became Governor. More importantly, the major part of the ACES gains is the direct result of the Alaska Legislature’s reversal of key elements of Palin’s proposals. Ibid. Feinberg concluded by saying:
Palin “deliberately perpetrates myths about her performance as governor…and…why would anyone believe she is competent to govern?”
“When it comes to the craft of governance, Palin exhibits a superficiality that I find frightening. She tends to prefer homilies to homework and all too often over-simplifies or distorts issues.” Ibid.
To make matters worse, it appears that several spills in Alaska would be an indication that a little more study was merited. On Dec. 23, a tugboat hit the Bligh Reef (the same reef Exxon Valdez hit 20 yrs ago); on Nov. 28 there was a spill at a refinery in the town of North Pole; and on Nov. 29th, there was a large spill on the North Slope. The risk of environmental damage in Alaska is not only real, but it has happened in the last few months. As long as people believe what Palin says, instead of considering what she has actually done, the risk of damage to our country is not only predictable, but happening daily. While energy independence is important to the country, I am glad President Obama is studying the issues, before taking action. We have proof of the outcome from a leader who prefers homilies to homework.