July 14th, 2009
11:46 AM ET
5 years ago

Palin takes aim at Obama over energy

Palin takes aim at Obama's energy legislation.
Palin takes aim at Obama's energy legislation.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin may be set to resign her post as governor of Alaska, but the former Republican vice presidential candidate is signaling she has no plans to retreat from publicly taking aim at the Obama administration.

In a Washington Post op-ed Tuesday, the Alaska governor sharply criticizes President Obama's energy legislation, declaring it an "enormous threat to our economy" that would "inflict permanent damage."

In the 700-word commentary, Palin also takes a dig at the national media and says her focus going forward will be on policy matters.

"Many in the national media would rather focus on the personality-driven political gossip of the day than on the gravity of these challenges," writes Palin. "So, at risk of disappointing the chattering class, let me make clear what is foremost on my mind and where my focus will be."

Palin specifically attacks the "cap and trade" proposal in the White House-backed legislation, under which companies would be required to buy and sell emissions credits. Proponents of the legislation say such a requirement would reduce greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050, while critics contend it would amount to a crippling tax on the energy industry that would dramatically increase costs to consumers.

"There is no denying that as the world becomes more industrialized, we need to reform our energy policy and become less dependent on foreign energy sources," Palin writes. "But the answer doesn't lie in making energy scarcer and more expensive! Those who understand the issue know we can meet our energy needs and environmental challenges without destroying America's economy."

The bill passed a sharply-divided House of Representatives late last month and faces an uncertain future in the Senate where several moderate and conservative Democrats have indicated that they received heavy constituent pressure to vote against the legislation.

In a radio address hours after the bill's passage, Obama hailed the legislation as a "jobs bill" that will "lead to the creation of new businesses and entire new industries."

But Palin instead advocates relying more heavily on domestic sources of energy from resource-rich states such as Alaska.

"For so many reasons, we can't afford to kill responsible domestic energy production or clobber every American consumer with higher prices," Palin writes.


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soundoff (273 Responses)
  1. kgeukes

    There are places she wants to drill that are protected which only proves that she is for the almighty buck instead of whats good for the earth. This lady is a walking eco -disaster area.

    July 14, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. watching

    I will never believe Palin wrote this herself because she will never show up (except on Hannity coached world) to expound on her thoughts. She has lost the little credibility she may have had & thinks she can scam her way to prominence. What think tank has she ever been involved in?

    July 14, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. paul k

    Hey Palin, you lost, so get lost!
    Wonder who wrote the piece for you...

    July 14, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Michael Carr

    Governor Palin has never ignored climate change and was, in fact, one of the first Governors to appoint a cabinet sub-committe on climate change. Last March the Palin Administration published an energy plan which envisages Alaska's reliance on renewable sources rising to 50% by 2025. This is the most ambitious target in the US, and unless I am mistaken, it is the highest in the world. Palin's simple point is that since we will be burning oil during a transition period better that it be American oil as far as possible.

    July 14, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Robin

    Cap and Trade is just a bad idea. It does not work, just ask Spain.

    You like 9% plus unemployment, well you're going to love 18-20%.

    For the first time in my adult life, I'm afraid for my country.

    July 14, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Scott

    "Those who understand the issue know we can meet our energy needs and environmental challenges without destroying America's economy." In other words, we should drill, in her opinion, for oil that will directly benefit her financially while furthering our nation's dependence on the very thing that gives her money. Disgusting.

    July 14, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. lt

    The words 'written commentary' and Palin don't go together; as we all have been privy to, this woman cannot string together a complete sentence– so we know that someone 'wrote' it for her. As for her saying anything against the Obama administration–well, it is a joke. I wish people would stop reporting on this woman. She is a nothing where politics are concerned. If governing a state with a few hundred thousand people stressed her out what business does she have commenting about any political issue.

    July 14, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Ilene

    I wonder who wrote that for her

    July 14, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. Larry

    Sarah's mad at everyone!

    July 14, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Peoples Voice

    "the chattering class"???

    Dear lady, you are the leader of the chattering class.

    I noticed she criticized this plan, but omitted providing an alternative plan. But then, she is a Repug and is not capable of giving an alternative plan. To do so would require courage and intelligence.

    July 14, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. David

    In a radio address hours after the bill's passage, Obama hailed the legislation as a "jobs bill" that will "lead to the creation of new businesses and entire new industries."

    Hopefully this "jobs bill" creates more "jobs" than his "jobs stimulus" which has been a total disaster...

    July 14, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Dominic

    Oh and I am sure he cares...Go serve your higher calling you useless idiot!

    July 14, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    And why should we listen to a quitter?

    July 14, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. ron

    Who cares what this bimbo thinks. She took 5 years to get one of the easiest degrees you can get. What authority does she have to criticize a sitting President?

    What a joke. You might as well post the opinion of phoenix or Mississippi joe, or joe the plumber. All losers that don't have a clue how to manage a country.

    July 14, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. GI Joe

    I agree with the President. We need to move forward and get out of the "dark ages". It may cut off Alaskans multi-thousand dollar per year "gift", but that's tuff. We carry the costs and they profit.

    July 14, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. I laugh at comrade Limbaugh daily

    Now thats what I was expecting to hear from someone with close ties to ExxonMobil and other companies that are out to soak the American consumer for their own gain.These energy companies need to be nationalized now.Here in Texas the cost of electricity has gone up 65% in 5 years since deregulation,which we were told would reduce costs not increase them.Who do you believe,the companies and their paid shills in government, or the people? Shes a paid liar,just like Rush Limbaugh and TCM,the street teamer on here.

    July 14, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. NVa Native

    The only reason Palin has her little soap box is because of "personality-driven political gossip of the day ".
    I agree with her, let's not pay any attention to this type of "trivial gossip news" that has brought provided her notoriety, but my intent would be that then she would then disappear.

    July 14, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  18. George Washington

    Does Hillary agree with this ?

    July 14, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  19. Common Sense 09

    Wow....she's strange in every way now....she amazes me with nothing but more stupidity every time she opens her mouth! Words from a quitter....I fault McCain for creating this monster!!!

    July 14, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  20. Cleo

    Does Sara Palin really think we want to hear anything she has to say about this country? Who is she to criticize anyone job performance, when she quit her job as governor? When did Sara Palin become knowledgeable about politics, when she never read a national news paper? Lastly, Sara Palin is only concern about Alaska..The new energy bill will slow down oil drilling and focus on natural resources and job creation in other states...

    Sara Palin should take the money she has raised from her political foundation, the money from her book deal and the money from her speaking engagements to help the people in her state re-train for green jobs...They are going to need it...This country is going green!

    July 14, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. Kelby In Houston, TX

    I think I understand now. It's not The People of the United States that is so obsessed with Palin, it's the media. Pundits love her because THEY find her entertaining. She is their break from the norm. She is the medias 5 minute mental vacation from the sharp political intellects they deal with on a daily basis.
    Now that Palin does not hold an elected office, she will fade into obscurity, but not before the media works her out of their system. That's why we are continuing to see articles about Palin.
    They keep trotting her out, not because she is relevant, not because We The People think her views are imortant, but because they just can't let her go. It's hard for them to say goodbye.
    So go ahead media. Have your catharsis. get her out of your system so we can move on.

    July 14, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  22. Libertarian

    Again I ask....what qualifies this woman to even speak on National matters? During the campaign she couldn't even name a single Supreme Court ruling!!??? She blasted Katie Couric for asking hard questions. She sided with McCain's take on the economy as "the fundamentals of our economy are sound". AND she fully supported the Bank bailout and now says it was stupid idea.

    OK ok ok....why would anyone take any of her opinions as sound advice?!?

    July 14, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. Maria

    Palin is a quitter and could not even handle finishing out a first term. I am hearing absolutely nothing she has to say to criticize anyone else. She hasn't earned a drop of respect from me.

    July 14, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. Tina, NC

    This lady must think that our memories are short. She is not fooling me. She supported cap and trade during the vp debates.

    Palin/Biden debate on October 3, 2008:

    IFILL: We do need to keep within our two minutes. But I just wanted to ask you, do you support capping carbon emissions?

    PALIN: I do. I do.

    I guess she will blame it on that gotcha media again.

    I'm also guessing her supporters won't let facts get in the way of their opinion of her. They haven't so far.

    July 14, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. the southern progressive

    if its not someone talking about her.. its her talking...................talk about sustainable wind power..hehe ;).. couldnt resist.

    if we drain the planet of all its natural resources, i wonder if our planet will collapse in on itself... just wonderin'

    July 14, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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