The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is the fault of ‘extreme environmentalists’ who protest against oil companies, Sarah Palin said.
The former Alaskan governor said if campaigners weren’t successful in prohibiting land based oil exploration in the US, companies like BP would not have to resort to deep-sea drilling and the oil spill disaster would never have happened.
Palin, who made the chant ‘Drill, Baby, Drill!’ famous in the 2008 presidential election, favors drilling in environmentally sensitive areas including the Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
In an online Facebook rant titled ‘Extreme Enviros: Drill, Baby, Drill in ANWR – Now Do You Get It?’ she said: ‘Look, here’s the deal: when you lock up our land, you outsource jobs and opportunity away from America and into foreign countries that are making us beholden to them.’
‘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,’ she said.
Palin does not appear to understand that the catastrophic impacts of oil are not reserved for off shore drilling. Fossil fuels are a finite source of energy that is driving climate change. The environmental impact of burning fossil fuels and the risks associated with its exploitation, justifies the aggressive pursuit of renewable alternatives.
Rush Limbaugh’s excuse may be an addiction to pain medication, Palin may simply be the victim of her own intellect.
Palin said, ‘It’s catching up with you. The tragic, unprecedented deep water Gulf oil spill proved.’ However, what is more likely is that Palin’s tragic record on the environment will one day catch up with her.
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