February 2nd, 2009
03:08 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin battles for ANWR drilling

Gov. Sarah Palin advocated for responsible petroleum development while on the Republican presidential ticket with Arizona Sen. John McCain.
Gov. Sarah Palin advocated for responsible petroleum development while on the Republican presidential ticket with Arizona Sen. John McCain.

(CNN) – Drill, baby, drill. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin continues her push for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, arguing against legislation barring oil development in the federally protected region.

“I am dismayed that legislation has again been introduced in Congress to prohibit forever oil and gas development in the most promising unexplored petroleum province in North America,” the Alaska governor wrote in an op-ed published in Monday’s Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate publicly championed the exploitation of domestic energy supply in Alaska’s northern coastal plains during her 2006 gubernatorial campaign, when she promised to “get ANWR open.” Palin continued advocating for responsible petroleum development while on the Republican presidential ticket with Arizona Sen. John McCain.

“As I traveled throughout the country campaigning for vice president, I was glad to hear politicians, including Barack Obama, promise that ‘everything was on the table’ to address America's great challenges. I also found that when Americans were apprised of the facts, most people became supporters of responsible oil and gas drilling in Alaska,” Palin writes.

The Alaska governor traveled to Washington, DC this past weekend for a series of events, including the Alfalfa Club dinner. She is expected return to Washington at the end of the month to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference.


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  1. Gregg

    (corrected)
    Matt said: "Let Alaska secede." Nah. I have a better idea. Let's make some money off of Alaska to help pay down the debt. I hear Russia is loaded these days. Let's maybe consider bundling Alaska and Texas into a package deal for Russian petro-dollars. In one fell swoop we could make Putin happy, pay off the national debt, and get rid of two states that really haven't contributed much to American progress in the last 25 years. I say we cut our losses while we're ahead. (grin)

    February 2, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. Brent

    Palin's idols are Rush Limbaugh and Carl Rove.....enough said.

    February 2, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    True zup ! Brains and brauns compared to old hags. hihihi. Its her state and just mind yours like everybody else. Where in the country do they pay you for just living there? I don't blame her. Russia probably come right back and stick their flag on their sea bed. Give her few more years and she will wallop the dems good.

    February 2, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. Susan from Colorado

    I wouldn't trust her to be in control of our local PTA let alone Alaska!

    February 2, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. dennisk

    They should drill into the top of her head and see if they ever strike brain.

    February 2, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. Peter (CA)

    Hey "Barack wins and America loses"-

    Your comment was posted TWICE so pay attention.
    'Course, it does not make it any less wrong.

    February 2, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Jillie

    As far as attending any future political dinners, I would imagine all Palin would be good for/as is the girl who jumps out of the cake. She's such a moron.

    February 2, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. Matt

    Pure moron!

    February 2, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. Oh No!

    Chris February 2nd, 2009 4:34 pm ET

    Most of the people here are just nasty. All the critics think she's dumb, but SHE'S RUNNING A STATE! Stop listening to what NBC, SNL, and Comedy Central tells you about her. You mean spirited people couldn't run Alaska!

    Also, if your from Alaska and you voted for her, you should stand up for your Governor. If all these people are claiming she is dumb, then they think you're dumb for electing her! Where are you?
    ______________________________________________________
    Yeah, a few acres that are inhabited by approx. 600K people and some do not know who she is. Some of the residents live on islands with no modern convenieces (ie electricity, television, plumbing). Now, they CAN see Russian from where they live. I saw it on CNN.

    February 2, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. THE OLD TIMER

    Palin is not wrong idiot. This is the new era of Obamaism It sets nest to Marksism, Socialism and Communism.You people do a little history on these subjects before you people bash the hell out of people who try to get this government to change. the only way this will happen----- civil war---- folks and it is coming.

    February 2, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. Paul

    Palin needs "big oil" if she wants to run in 2012. I look for her to kiss their bu**s for as long as it takes...afterall she is Republican!

    February 2, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. Kimberly

    Enough of Palin already...she needs to go shoot a moose or something.

    February 2, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. IS FAILIN' PALIN STILL A WAILIN?

    That makes it official missy.

    Mow you can make star in your home flick 'Drill Here Drill Now"!

    The sequel will be "Drill Baby Drill".

    We can only hope Todd does not sell the rights to them!

    February 2, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. Peter (CA)

    Please Robin-if you were truly an "independent thinker" you would not be falling for right-wing stereotypes.

    Hate, unfortunately, is bipartisan. But, let us please remember it was pretty well kept in check until Clinton was elected. Then the hatred shown by the right wing began to split the country and has left us where we are now.

    February 2, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. registered republican in Houston

    Someone needs to educate this idiot in economics. The oil companies won't drill anywhere while the prices are so low. alaska and the gulf seemed a great idea when the price of oil was high enough to cover costs. perhaps she can tell us why the oil companies have sectors they are sitting on and not drilling? It's the economics of it stupid.

    February 2, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. sandee in Portland

    @ DEMwitts...your name says it all. You voted because of the way a person looks, not based on their capabilities or intelligence. I'm not a liberal nor a conservative; however, Palin just doesn't get it. We need to wean ourselves off of oil, not go around looking for more places to drill. Alaska's oil fields will not make nor break us when it comes to oil. They just don't have that huge of a supply. For those of you that say the environmentalists should try living in ANWR, it's not just about the pristine nature of the land, it's about trying to find alternative means of energy.

    February 2, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. BJ

    At least she is not a tax cheat...

    February 2, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. gg

    alaska is now a province sarah is only taking care of sarah the repub way

    February 2, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. Me

    Joyce in Indiana...you are not informed at all....ANWR is HUGE!!!!! The space they are talking about is the size of a few football fields.....please do some research on ANWR and the actual size of Alaska....

    February 2, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  20. Frank, Las Vegas

    Palin, how can we miss you if you won't go away? I can't recall when one person has been so wrong about so many things. Sarah must be twins, one person can't be that dumb.

    February 2, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  21. Also, You Betcha

    A Really Conservative Realist February 2nd, 2009 4:14 pm ET

    ********ATTENTION ANY LIBERAL*******

    Using science, explain why it is o.k. to drill for oil in Texas, but not O.K. in Alaska?

    By "science" are you talking about putting 2 of every animal on a boat, or parting the sea, making the earth in 7 days, or a burning bush? Because that is the only "science" you wingnuts seem to acknowledge.

    February 2, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  22. Tony

    Here's a good link for all the "greenies". http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1134003/Nursery-children-banned-playing-tree–case-damage-roots.html

    February 2, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. SC

    The Earth is warming and your house will soon be under water, Palin. Go read something. Don't just talk.

    February 2, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. can you say "oil dependence"?

    BJ at 5:36pm said:

    At least she is not a tax cheat…
    --------------------------------

    True, as far as we know. But there is that pesky thing about taking per diem for days spent at home...

    Oh, and the whole Abuse of Power thing, too.

    February 2, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  25. Melissa M

    It's good to see that she has not changed her position on this issue. She was outspoken on this issue before becoming the vice presidential nominee, and, it's nice to see a politician standby what they believe in.

    February 2, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
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