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For roughly 7 months I have been writing daily about the outrageous behavior of Sarah Palin. In the multiple articles written, I have worked hard to document everything I have covered in each post. Since we were introduced to Sarah Palin in the fall of 2008, we have learned a lot about the hypocrisy of Sarah Palin. It is useful to be reminded of the multitude of examples of the hypocrisy of Sarah Palin. I have listed a few examples below, but because of the length of this article, I have omitted the citations. Please refer to past posts if you have any question about the truth of the statements below. I bet you can think of others. Please help me fill in the list and I’ll post an updated version by the end of the week. Thanks for your help.
Specific Examples of the Hypocrisy
Of Sarah Palin
- Palin established a PAC asking for money from her supporters so that she could make contributions to candidates who shared her point of view. However Palin seems to have had a hard time finding any candidates to whom she was willing to donate money. Of the hundreds of thousands of dollars donated to her PAC, only about $10,000 has been donated to any particular candidate.
- Vaughn Ward, a candidate endorsed by Palin, doesn’t seem to know any more about world geography than Palin.
- Todd took a leave of absence from British Petroleum because of the appearance of a conflict of interest. When he decided to return to work there was still the appearance of a conflict of interest.
- Sarah Palin said that the reason Todd needed to return to work at BP was because they had kids almost old enough to be college age, and she and Todd were not independently wealthy. The hypocrisy is that two of the kids are now college age, and neither is in college, and now Todd and Sarah are independently wealthy.
- Sarah Palin calls herself a “feminist”, but she supported the Supreme Court decision in the Ledbetter case, where the Court ruled that Lilly Ledbetter was not entitled to back pay from her employer, even though the employer intentionally discriminated against her, paid her less than her male counter-parts, and even though her employer hid the facts from her until after she retired.
- Katie Couric, a woman, did more damage in her interview of Sarah Palin, than a man could have done.
- Sarah Palin was probably picked by McCain because he thought he needed to pick a woman to attract the woman’s vote, but in fact the vote of women for Obama far exceeded that of men.
- Even though Palin knew that the Bridge to Nowhere would never be built, she authorized the construction of the Road to Nowhere leading from the airport to the edge of a cliff.
- Even though Palin knew that Wasilla didn’t own the property where she wanted to build a hockey center, she authorized construction nevertheless.
- Palin mocks President Obama for being a Constitutional law professor, but she was never even a student in a Constitutional law class.
- “common sense conservatism” is Palin’s motto, but she has no common sense.
- At the Republican Convention in 2008 Palin introduced herself as a “hockey mom”, but hockey moms of Alaska indicated that Palin missed most of the games.
- McCain chose Palin as his running mate, but he wouldn’t endorse her after the 2008 election.
- Palin told us in her book that “no” she would not have resigned her office as Governor if she aspired to be the President, but the reality is that she is quoted in Trailblazer as saying even when running for Mayor, that she would like to be the President.
- Sarah Palin is a conservative evangelical, but she goes to Las Vegas and horse races.
- The half-term-ex-Governor opposes drinking of alcohol, but she advocated allowing bars in Wasilla to stay open virtually all night, and Todd would drink in the garage of the family residence.
- Palin’s son Track served in the military and made it home without any significant injury. Even though Palin supports the don’t ask, don’t tell policy, it could have been a homosexual soldier that saved Track’s life.
- At virtually every speech given by Palin, she points out the members of the military in attendance, and thanks them for their service. She does not ask them about their sexual preferences, so the members of the military she is honoring don’t tell about their sexual preferences.
- Palin has repeatedly criticized President Obama but she wasn’t willing to finish her term as Governor of Alaska. Thus a non-politician thinks it appropriate to repeatedly criticize the President of the United States.
- Palin was elected by people of Alaska who were fed up with corrupt politicians. Now the people who know her best, Alaskans, like her the least.
- Sarah Palin is identified as the author of Going Rogue, but in the Katie Couric she couldn’t name a single publication she reads.
- Being a good Christian we would expect Palin to love her neighbor. However it seems that having Joe McGinniss, a peaceful man living next to her, that has not done anything to bother Sarah or her family, is more objectionable to Sarah Palin than living next to people who were convicted felons.
- Sarah Palin suggested that Joe McGinniss was invading her privacy, but the only picture taken was a picture taken from the Palin house of Joe McGinniss. In the picture Mr. McGinniss isn’t even looking towards the Palin house.
- Palin felt the election of 2008 was in “God’s hands”. John McCain and Palin lost the election, so God must have wanted to make sure Palin didn’t become the leader of our country.
- From the night of the Republican Convention, Sarah advertised herself as a “hockey mom” but the hockey moms of Alaska organized a group of hockey moms who indicated that Sarah missed most of the games.
- Palin indicated that she doesn’t presume to know God’s will, but she did write a note to herself in God’s voice, and published it in her best selling book.
- The half-term-ex-Governor indicated that it is the entire family’s responsibility to ensure that all the family members had the health care they needed. However when Bristol’s baby needed health care, it wasn’t Sarah and Todd who provided it; it was the state of Alaska and the federal government.
- Even though Sarah Palin has been an outspoken opponent of abortion, she hired Lynn Vincent to be the ghost writer of her book. Lynn admitted publically that she had an abortion.
- Even though Palin suggests that she would never consider having an abortion, she did have an amniocentesis when pregnant with Trig. The procedure of an amniocentesis carries some risk of a spontaneous abortion.
- Even though Palin made a point of saying in her speech at the Republican convention that she said “no thanks” to the bridge to nowhere, she originally was an advocate for the bridge.
- During the campaign of 2008 both McCain and Palin worked hard to brand themselves as “mavericks”. However by the time McCain was running for re-election in Arizona, his identity changed, and he was no longer a maverick.
- Palin indicated she was opposed to earmarks. However she hired a lobbyist while serving as mayor of Wasilla for the very purpose of obtaining earmarks for Wasilla, and he did.
- In spite of saying that she was opposed to earmarks, Alaska, while Palin was Governor accepted earmarks to study the mating habits of crabs, and the DNA of harbor seals.
- In multiple speeches Palin has indicated she is opposed to higher taxes. However while Mayor of Wasilla; Palin was responsible for increasing the sales tax.
- Palin tried to ban the book Daddy’s Roommate even though she refused to read it.
- The very people hired by the McCain campaign to help Palin were the most critical of her, suggesting that she was mentally unbalanced.
- Palin indicates she favors teaching abstinence, but she was pregnant when she married Todd.
- Even though Sarah Palin has indicated that teaching abstinence is appropriate, her own daughter, the one who was an unwed teenage mother, thought teaching abstinence was not very realistic.
- Sarah Palin has been an outspoken advocate for the importance of family, and Todd’s family helped Sarah get elected. However when Faye Palin, Todd’s step mother ran for mayor, Sarah Palin wouldn’t endorse her.
- Even though the Discovery Channel has been associated with programs highlighting the wonders of nature, and even though Palin enjoys killing animals, the Discovery Channel hired her.
- One of the television channels that hired Sarah Palin is Fox News but they often don’t report the “news”. In fact Glenn Beck indicated that he doesn’t report the “news”, but he is a commentator.
- Even though Palin lives in a true wilderness, and one of the most beautiful states in America, Palin seems to have no respect for the environment of the animals of Alaska.
- While Alaska is realizing immediate effects of global warming, Palin still doubts the merits of the global warming theory.
- Todd was advertised as a “stay-at-home-dad” but he never seemed to stay at home.
- Palin uses the word “rogue” to describe herself, but that word is defined to mean a scoundrel, or a mean spirited person.
- Palin mocks President Obama for using a teleprompter, but she writes on her hand.
- Palin’s new book is about virtues, but she is evidently going to rely upon the philosophy and teaching of others to write about virtues in HER book.
- Palin’s friend who suggested she wasn’t taking care of her kids, was mysteriously killed in a plane crash shortly after talking to Sarah about this problem.
- Palin says in speeches that she wants to balance the budget. At the same time she advocates an increase in military spending and lowering of taxes, which are both inconsistent with balancing the budget.
- People pay $100,000 for a speech Palin has given before.
- CSU Stanislaus has $93,000 to Palin to give a speech, but they don’t have enough for any scholarships.
- Palin has become recognized as an advocate for the right to life movement and special needs kids. Even though she has given speeches to these groups she charges for her performance and expenses. She did make a donation of her time to the NRA when she spoke at their national convention.
- Trig is a “special needs” child, but his mom relies on someone else to meet those needs.
- In her book, Going Rogue, Palin describes herself as a “public servant”. However the main service she has performed for America is ensuring the loss of McCain in the 2008 election, and resigning her office as Governor.
- British Petroleum has been the focus of people in this country, regardless of political ideologies, but Palin in her recent Facebook post, blames the radical environmentalists for the BP spill.
- Palin’s proclaimed area of “specialty” is energy. However she resigned her position as Oil & Gas Commissioner after serving less than one year.
- In multiple speeches, and during the campaign of 2008, Palin characterized herself as a “real American”. However the average American doesn’t make $12,000,000 in less than one year, they don’t fly in private planes or first class on commercial airlines, and most of us have to watch the Academy Awards on our television.
- Grandma Palin says that family matters should stay private, but she or her family received $300,000 from People magazine for pictures of her grandson.
- Palin indicates that we should all seek “divine intervention” but she must have forgotten to tell her sister-in law how to pray, so she wouldn’t have ended up in jail.
- Palin indicates that she would never presume to know what God’s will, but she did presume to write a letter to herself, in God’s voice.
- Even though Palin called for the resignation of Rahm Emanuel because he used the word “retarded”, it was appropriate for Rush Limbaugh to use the word because it was in the “satirical sense”.
- When Glenn Beck interviewed Palin and asked her which of the founding fathers was her favorite, and she gave the same answer to him that she had given Katie Couric when asking about the sources of her information, saying “all of them,” Beck said “bullcrap”.
- In the same week Palin was interviewed by Glenn Beck to talk about Joe McGinniss, and expressed outrage at the alleged invasion of privacy of her children even though Mr. McGinniss hadn’t done anything to her children, Glen Beck had devoted at least 10 minutes to mocking Malia Obama, the President’s 13 year old daughter.
- While Sarah Palin was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential people, the best person Time could find to write about Palin was Ted Nugent.
- Even though we may have suspected Sarah Palin was a racist, her own father indicated that her reason for leaving Hawaii, was that all the Asians made her feel uncomfortable.
- Even though Palin regularly mentioned Bill Ayers during the 2008 campaign, suggesting that Obama was “paling around with terrorists”, Sarah’s own husband was a member of the Alaska Independence Party for at least 6 years, and that party advocated secession for Alaska.
- While Palin was critical of Obama for attending church where his pastor was saying unpatriotic things, Palin’s pastor was in Africa hunting and capturing witches.
- Even though Palin didn’t support public health care, as a child she went to Canada for medical services provided through their national health care system.
- Even though Palin feels that the extended family should be responsible for paying the cost of health care for all family members, Palin’s first and only grandchild, relied upon public health care, because Todd was 1/8 Eskimo.
- In spite of the fact that Palin’s dad is a school teacher, she doesn’t seem to place much emphasis on education. None of her kids are in college. Todd doesn’t have a college degree, and Piper has repeatedly missed school to accompany her mother.
- Even though Palin was aware of the fact that BP was ignoring safety standards, and intentionally risking the lives of its employees and the environment, Palin was proud of her success in converting Alaska’s interest from a royalty to an interest like that of a shareholder.
In a Facebook post on June 8th, Sarah Palin wrote, “As a CEO, it was my job to look out for the interests of Alaskans with the same intensity and action as the oil company CEO’s looked out for the interest of their shareholders”. Palin’s Facebook post is misleading as she was never CEO of anything. However we might agree that her actions were comparable to those of British Petroleum. Statements of the half-term-ex-Governor in Going Rogue indicate that it was her goal to align the interests of the citizens of Alaska with those of oil companies, which included BP. She viewed the people of Alaska, in the same way BP views its shareholders. Palin takes credit for the Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share (ACES) legislation. She explains that she and her “astute team of experts” take credit for aligning the interest of residents of Alaska with the BP shareholders (Palin 162-163). After calling a special session of the Alaska legislature, Palin and her team devised a system that allowed Alaska to share in the profits of the oil companies operating in Alaska. One year after Palin and the Alaska legislature approved the creation of the ACES program the state and oil companies, including British Petroleum, significantly increased their profits (164). Thus Palin was true to her word. She was motivated to increase the net profits of Alaska, just like BP was motivated to make as much money as it could. If BP made a lot of money, so did Alaska. The effect of ACES was to convert the position of the state from that of a royalty owner to a shareholder (164). Royalty owners do not bear the expense of production. so if BP engaged in dangerous, environmentally hazardous activity, the people of Alaska did not benefit. After Palin’s brilliant plan, if BP cut expenses by engaging in dangerous, environmentally hazardous activities, both BP and Alaska made money. If Alaska made money Palin looked like a hero.
Heroes are not usually quitters. Palin has experience quitting jobs where she was charged with protecting the public interest of the people of Alaska. Palin was appointed by Governor Murkowski in 2003 to serve as a Commissioner of Alaska’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOCGG). She resigned that position in 2004, less than one year after she was appointed. There are conflicting reports by Palin about the reason for her resignation from the AOGCC. In Going Rogue, Palin explained that after “I prayed long and hard” she resigned from the AOGCC, suggesting that she could “effect change” from the outside (Palin 99). However Going Rogue is completely void of any reference to any attempt she made to “effect change” from the outside. Other sources quote Palin as explaining her reason for resignation from the AOGCC as it “…was more than I bargained for in terms of what the job is”.
Todd Palin worked on the North Slope of Alaska for British Petroleum for eighteen years. Recognizing a potential conflict of interest in 2007 before Sarah resigned as Governor, Todd took a voluntary leave from BP when it became involved in natural gas pipeline negotiations with the state of Alaska. At that time he was employed as a production supervisor. Seven months later, in spite of concerns regarding a conflict of interest, Todd returned to BP. Sarah explained, “I mean we’re still fairly young and we’ve got kids going into college. Some governors and their spouses, I’m sure are independently wealthy, but we’re not on of those couples.”
Former state Representative Ethan Berkowitz did not agree with Todd’s decision to return to work. Berkowitz explained, “It’s bad timing. It’s a tough situation for the family, but I think the interests of the state have to come first. In the interest of the state, you need to make sure you’re above the appearance of impropriety.”
Todd Palin continued to work for BP for two years, before abruptly announcing his decision to resign in September 2009. After 18 years of employment, Todd’s resignation occurred immediately after Sarah’s resignation. By July 26, 2009 Sean Parnell was sworn in as Governor. Within roughly one and one-half months after Sarah Palin left her position as Governor, Todd left BP. While Todd and Sarah were on the road to becoming independently wealthy, they hadn’t reached that destination yet. The kids were still not pursuing a college education. The pivotal point for Todd’s resignation seemed to be Sarah’s resignation as Governor.
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 complained that Obama’s plan was a “joke”.
Sarah’s new slogan became “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 explained:
- “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…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.”
Palin has been an outspoken advocate for less governmental influence in our lives. Maybe Palin intended her resignation to be an example of her commitment to that end.
Even though Palin resigned her positions as the Governor, and her position as the Oil & Gas Commissioner of Alaska and even though she hoped we had forgotten her mottoes of “drill-baby-drill”, and “stall-baby-stall” she now suggests that the government should somehow magically fix the spill in the Gulf. Her criticism of President Obama would suggest that he should be better equipped to determine the best way to cap a deep water leak than the “experts” who drilled the well. Palin has the gall to suggest that the President should call her for advice. Maybe if President Obama needed advice about killing animals, damaging the environment, causing the loss of life in oil field explosions, or resigning from his elected position he would call Palin. She seems to have expertise in each.
Between 1942 and 2010, Alaska experienced contamination of over 25,000 sites. During the time Palin was the head of the Oil & Gas Commission for Alaska and the Governor, Alaska faced several major oil spills. One of the largest was on the North Slope., which occurred in 2006. This spill in Prudhoe Bay resulted in an estimated 267,000 gallons of thick crude oil spilling out into the tundra of the North Slope. The North Slope is the place where Todd Palin worked for BP. I wonder if he got any oil on his lunch that day.
The Prudhoe Bay oil fields and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline have caused an average of 409 spills annually. Since 1996 the Alaskan wilderness has been contaminated by over 1.9 million gallons of toxic substances on the North Slope alone. Over 22,000 acres of tundra, wetlands, floodplains, and other habitats have been directly lost due to oil production and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. Investigations into the Prudhoe Bay spill uncovered many examples of a corporate philosophy that promoted ignoring repeated warning about corrosion and failure to comply with environmental standards. It was the workers on the pipelines and midlevel managers, like Todd Palin, who indicated that BP had a corporate philosophy that it was cheaper to disregard environmental standards than to pay for any expenses associated with an environmental disaster.
Devastation from oil spills in Alaska has had long lasting and expansive effects. Air pollution is just one major type of collateral damage. Prudhoe Bay air pollution has been detected almost 200 miles away in Barrow, Alaska. Annual emissions from the oil industry on the North Slope from nitrogen oxides are approximately 70,000 tons. To put this in perspective, that is more than twice the emissions of Washington D.C. In addition to nitrogen oxide, the North Slope oil facilities annually release large quantities of greenhouse gases, including 24,000 metric tons of methane and 7.3 to 40 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.
The irrefutable conclusion is that Sarah and Todd Palin were the Alaskan couple most likely to be aware of the total disregard by BP for environmental safety standards. Sarah Palin was in a position to mandate change, but she quit. The Gulf Oil Spill has sharpened our focus on the complete abandonment by Sarah Palin of any responsibility for the people of Alaska, or the citizens of the Gulf. The half-term-ex-Governor was empowered by the people of Alaska to protect them. She knew when she left her position as Governor that BP has a long history of engaging in cost saving measures at the expense of safety and the environment (Palin 95).
Palin wrote in Going Rogue that during her campaign for Governor:
- “…I’d tell voters there’s a lot riding on this election, including the trust of future generations. We need new energy and someone with a stiff spine to fight for you…I promised that if they hired me as their governor…I won’t let you down” (109).
I am sure the people of Alaska felt Palin “let them down” by her resignation. Senator Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska said, “I am deeply disappointed that the governor has decided to abandon the state and her constituents before her term has concluded”. Republican strategist and CNN contributor Ed Rollins said that Palin’s resignation made her look, “terribly inept”. Converting the royalty payments owed by BP to Alaska, made possible by Palin’s “astute team of experts” may have rewarded BP’s practice of cutting corners at the expense of safety and the environment. “Terribly inept” may be too kind. Tragically irresponsible may be more accurate.
In 2009 the American Dental Association sued the Republican Party asserting that “drill baby drill” was a motto of the Dental Association, and had been wrongfully used by the Republican Party during the convention of 2008. Most of us didn’t hear “drill baby drill” from our dentist, but from Michael Steele and Rudy Giuliani at the 2008 Republican National Convention. Sarah Palin became associated with that phrase shortly after the RNC.
Palin, the astute intellectual that she is, memorized this phrase, “drill baby drill”, without even writing it on her hand. Repeatedly we heard her use this phrase in speeches given across the country. Yet, in spite of Palin’s advocacy of immediate drilling, it was incontrovertible that even if oil exploration and drilling began immediately in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, it would be 10 years before the United States would realize any real benefit. Thus Palin’s only possible motivation was to incite crowds, instead of seeking real solutions for our future.
Palin professes expertise in the area of energy. She has cited her vast experience on the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission in Alaska, and the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission to establish the illusion that she is an expert. She suggests that she is an expert in all energy related matters, including energy generation, production, transmission, distribution, and political matters pertaining thereto. The truth is that Palin’s only real “energy experience” is experience with environmental disasters.
Palin resigned her position as Oil & Gas Commissioner after being in office less than one year. Palin explained that it “…was more than I bargained for in terms of what the job is.” If she were to run for President in 2012, I wonder if it would also be more than she “bargained for” and simply quit.
Between 1942 and 2010, Alaska experienced contamination of over 25,000 sites. During the time Palin was the head of the Oil & Gas Commission for Alaska and the Governor, Alaska faced several major oil spills. One of the largest was on the North Slope (yes, the same area where Todd worked for BP), which occurred in March of 2006. This spill in Prudhoe Bayfive days, when an oil field worker just happened upon it. This spill, coming from a pipeline, resulted in an estimated 267,000 gallons of thick crude oil along the North Slope wasn’t even discovered for spoiling the pristine tundra of Alaska.
The Prudhoe Bay oil fields and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline have caused an average of 409 spills annually1.3 million gallons of crude4,532 spills, resulting in contamination of the Alaskan wilderness by over 1.9 million gallons of toxic substances. on the North Slope since 1996. Over spilled between 1996 and 1999. Over 22,000 acres of tundra wetlands, floodplains, and other habitats have been directly lost due to oil fields and Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. Between 1996 and 2004 there were
Devastation from oil spills in Alaska has had long lasting and expansive effects. Air pollution is just one major type of collateral damage. Prudhoe Bay air pollution has been detected almost 200 miles away in Barrow Alaska. Annual emissions from the oil industry on the North Slope from nitrogen oxides are approximately 70,000 tons. To put this in perspective, that is more than twice the emissions of Washington D.C. In addition to nitrogen oxide, the North Slope oil facilities annually release large quantities of greenhouse gases, including 24,000 metric tons of methane and 7.3 to 40 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.
Given the vast experience of Palin and BP have had with spills, leaks, and explosions, we would expect that BP would change its dangerous method of operation. We would expect that Sarah Palin would have become a proponent for the protection of Alaska. Palin’s lack of concern for the Alaskan environment was a clear indication that money is her primary motivation. Consider the following:
In. Dec. 2002 a U.S. District Court found BP had not installed a leak detection system that could promptly detect the Prudhoe Bay spills, and failed to comply with Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation requirements. Criminal Probation was imposed.
In Nov. of 2002 BP was fined $675,000 for spill clean up problems associated with the Prudhoe Bay spill.
In Feb. 2000 a $22 million dollar fine was imposed against BP for its failure to implement new environmental management program.
In 2009 OSHA found more than 700 violations at the Texas City refinery. BP was fined $87.4 million dollars for these violations and for the explosion in Texas City in 2005. In that explosion, 15 people died and 170 were injured.
On March 31, 2010 President Obama announced that he was willing to consider additional offshore drilling, after further investigation into the potential risks and hazards of drilling. Even though Palin had first hand experience with the devastation that could be caused by improper oil drilling, she suggested that the President’s new program could be characterized as “stall baby stall”. Given her vast experience in the oil & gas industry, Palin indicated additional study was not necessary and we should move ahead as fast as possible.
The Gulf oil explosion and resulting spill began on April 24, 2010. Now on her Facebook, Palin blames environmentally inclined interests:
“Extreme deep water drilling is not the preferred choice to meet our country’s energy needs, but your protests, and lawsuits, and lies about onshore and shallow water drilling have locked up safer areas. It’s catching up with you. The tragic, unprecedented deep water Gulf oil spill proves it….
Radical environmentalists: you are damaging the planet with your efforts to lock up safer drilling areas. There’s nothing clean and green about your misguided, nonsensical radicalism, and Americans are on to you as we question your true motives.”
The Gulf spill is tragic to be sure. However it is NOT unprecedented. As Rachel Maddow explained that several years ago there was another spill in the Gulf Coast, which also coincided with a spill in Alaska. History repeats itself if we do nothing to learn from our past mistakes. Maddow highlighted the even greater problem that our technology has improved to facilitate even deeper drilling, but our knowledge relating to how to control the spill had not changed or improved in two or more decades.
To make matters worse Palin has suggested that the Obama administration is dragging its feet in the efforts to clean up the spill in the Gulf, because of his alignment with big oil. Of course the government has no expertise in oil & gas drilling or containment. Of course Palin is the person who has advocated less governmental “interference” in our lives. This is just one more painful example of the hypocrisy of Palin. When it serves her purpose Palin advocates less government, and when something bad happens it is the fault of the government, and government should fix the problem. Moreover, Obama has received substantially less in campaign contributions from big oil than Republicans. In fact, as of June 1, 2010, Republicans received 75% of all oil contributions. In addition, John McCain, for whom Palin is now involved in raising funds, received more than twice as much money as Obama from the oil and gas industries. Republicans have received $35.6 million in contributions from oil and gas concerns.
Contributions to Republicans by big oil companies have increased because of the Gulf oil spill. While Congressoil giant’s political action committee made 14 contributions during the month of May, according to a federal campaign report filed Wednesday — 13 to Republicans and one to a Democrat. It was the busiest donation month for Halliburton’s PAC since September 2008. Of the 10 current members of Congress who got money from Halliburton in May, seven are on committees with oversight of the oil spill and its aftermath. investigates the role of Halliburton in the doomed Deep Horizon oil rig, Halliburton donated $17,000 to candidates running for federal office, giving money to several lawmakers on committees that have launched inquiries into the massive Gulf oil spill. The Texas-based
Halliburton’s political contributions in May are the highest they’ve been since September 2009. The last time the company gave this much money to a political campaign was during the presidential campaign of 2008, when it gave $25,000 in a single month.
Perhaps it isn’t surprising that the motto of Palin is still “drill baby drill, given who her supporters are, and given the company that employed her husband.
Palin has taken the position that we should “drill baby drill” along with Michael Steele and Rudy Giuliani. This is her position irrespective of the thousands of spills in Alaska, and the multitude of people who have been killed in explosions. When additional drilling proved to be something President Obama was willing to consider, with careful study and after safeguards were in place, Palin complained that there was no need for careful study, and claimed that “stall baby stall” characterized this approach. Now that the Gulf oil spill has become the worst national disaster in our country’s history, Palin has to pick someone else to blame. The very people who warned us about this potential devastating disaster, and who had nothing to do with this blow out, are the environmentalists, who she now blames and characterizes as “radical environmentalists” in ANWR. When Palin questions the “true motives” of these “nonsensical radical environmentalists”, she causes us to be reminded of her motives. We know that she and the Republican Party have received huge amounts of money from the oil and gas industry, so their motives are as clear as the water used to be in the Gulf. The environmentalists rely upon donations from people who are concerned about the environment, so their motives are transparent.
The extent of the economic devastation caused by the Gulf oil disaster will likely exceed all expectations. However the economic impact may be capable of repair. The damage done to the environment may not be capable of repair. Species may become extinct, and habitat may be permanently destroyed. If the dinosaurs were alive today, BP and Palin would be enough to render them extinct. Few things we do in our lives leave a permanent mark on the earth. BP, and Palin through the lies she promotes, are creating permanent scars that even the best of plastic surgeons will not be able to repair.
While not BP’s actual PR department, some clever folks have established a Twitter account to parody BP’s handling of the oil spill. As stated on the site, “This page exists to get BP’s message and mission statement out into the twitterverse“.
Below are some favorite tweets: