Sunday, May 16, 2010

Palin Renews Call for Offshore Oil Exploitation

It appears as though former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is oblivious to the millions of gallons of oil contaminating the Gulf of Mexico.

Sarah Palin is a leading contender for the Republican Presidential nomination. Palin is also the queen of the Tea Party movement, but she is no friend of green.

Palin has a deplorable environmental record. She is a longtime advocate of offshore drilling including drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). "We are ready for that gas to be tapped so we can fill a natural gas pipeline," Palin said during her state of the state address in January 2007. "I promise to vigorously defend Alaska's rights, as resource owners, to develop and receive appropriate value for our resources."

She has religiously advocated the unabashed exploitation of natural resources. "The amount of oil currently flowing through the Pipeline is less than half of what it was at its peak. We must look to responsible development throughout the state. . . . From further oil and gas development, to fishing, mining, timber, and tourism, these developments remain the core of our state," Palin added.

Palin's idea of "responsible development" involves "stability in regulations for our developers," which translates to an invitation to exploit resources with little environmental regulation.
Her former running mate John McCain seemed to cater to his base by emphasizing the intractability of his support for offshore drilling , “My position has not changed,’’ McCain told The New York Times. "

Rather than advocate for efficiency and renewable energy, Palin continues to insist that offshore drilling is somehow the environmentally responsible option. She recently reiterated her views on offshore oil with the statement, "We need to keep drilling because if we don't drill for a year, we're going to be more and more reliant on foreign countries that have even less stringent environmental standards," Palin told ABC News.

Palin ignores climate change, the same way she ignores the need for 21st century energy.

Palin not only advocates more offshore oil drilling, she also wants to see creationism taught in schools. While she is undeniably consistent, like all conservative thought, it is not entirely clear whether her positions are written in stone or simply date back to the stone age.

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