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. Too True For You

    "...chattering class..." this, from a woman who just won't shut up, and then cries all the way to the microphone about the media attention?

    Palin, in her usual short-sided and self-serving (read: republican) approach, ignores the fact that unless they are forced to change, the energy companies will NOT change. Obama is forcing them to change by altering the business model.

    The tired old conservative mantra of "drill more, drill now" is a canard that has been disproven several times over. Not that we won't do it, but it won't suffice on it's own in a business-as-usual context. Hence, the Obama energy legislation seeks to change the game. Is it perfect? No. Will it do the job? Probably not without more changes. Is it better than simple-minded republican let's-do-the-same-but-more "plans"? By lightyears.

    July 14, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. Tom in Delaware

    Sure as snot the Liberals are going to come out of the woodwork attacking her now (not on her Op-Ed…it's foolproof).

    A 3,000 mile pipeline, Nuclear power, using our own Oil...why can't the Libs get behind that?

    When the message can't be denied, then attack the messenger, that's just good 'ole fashioned Liberal politics, but with the messenger being Sarah Palin, they're gonna be going GA-GA.

    July 14, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. AJ

    Seems that Palin's first forray into policy discussions is clear, cogent and convincing.

    July 14, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. J

    How cares what this QUITTER even thinks? How is she to say anything? She can't take care of 1 state, so she has no room to talk about someone trying to run a whole country.

    Just take your money and fade away woman!

    July 14, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. Four and The Door

    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."
    ______________________________________________________

    This comment shows how out of touch with economics President Obama is. These are non-productive jobs and non-productive businesses that do absolutely nothing to improve US competitiveness in the world. Now I see how he is confinced that the "Stimulus" bill was a good idea. Either he has no clue or doesn't really care if it works or not. I will give him the benefit of the doubt and say he doesn't have a clue.

    July 14, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. dominican mama 4 Obama

    "In the 700-word commentary..."

    I wasn't even aware that Palin had 700 words in her vocabulary to string together.

    Sorry. Cheap shot.

    July 14, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. mb

    Who cares what Palin takes aim at? She is BOTH unqualified and unable to hold ANY office. She might out to take aim at her own family and spend her time with them instead.

    July 14, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Cerena

    Who wrote this for you Ballin Palin....cus we know your low IQ can't take you further than moose hunting and fishing. I guess America really loves to watch a spectacle and that my friend is what you are!

    July 14, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. Melissa

    Palin, you aren't even part of the Feds anymore. Shut your trap.

    July 14, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. Loup Garou 782

    "An enormous threat to our economy" that would "inflict perminent damage."

    Ms. Palin is absolutely correct and she is one of a small group of us thar understands that is what the obama administration has in mind. They, ROPE will do what ever is necessary to achieve their goal of setting up a dictatorship. Removing obama from office in 2016 is going to require the military.

    Rope.....Reid-obama-Pelosi-Emanual.

    July 14, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. tee

    I don't want to hear how bad President Obama's plan is
    I want to hear what Sarah Palin and the republican plan is.

    July 14, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. Rick

    I am not a huge fan of Palin but she is completely correct on Obama's energy policy – its horrendous. For his rich buddies Cap & Trade may be a great way to go green but for the working poor it is going to decimate this country. Give some incentives to oil, gas and nuclear along with solar and wind. Get rid of the ridiculous ethanol credits – its cost more than the benefits. Obama needs to get his act together or we are even deeper trouble than we are already in.

    July 14, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. abe

    let me see....

    cost of oil & coal... utility charges+ pollution+ dependance to other nations+ ever scarcer oil deposits+ cost of environmental cleanup+ cost on human health.....

    cost of sun and wind.... utility charges+ free+ clean

    I don't know, I think the only one who loses here is people like her who make millions out of our pockets on the price of oil

    July 14, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. gl, From Pittsburgh

    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.

    Do you really think any body is surprise that she was going to retreat to publicly taking aim at President Obama and his Administration. One thing for sure I don't seen any of Obama or his Administration quitting their jobs behind any of the Republicans daily attacks, but I can not say that about quittier Sara Palin who did just that. Oh, the media and the liberals are out to get me and I can not take it any more so I am quit my Governor job to go on an attack on a daily basic against President Obama. What Sara Palin seems to forget, it didn't work in Nov and it will not work now. She is a waste of American time. She is one of the biggest threat to the USA.

    July 14, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. Mike Vaughn

    Does Palin take aim at leaving her state during her term??? And if she does that to 1 state what stops her for being inresponsible to 50 states???????

    July 14, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. RICK FROM PA

    Why does CNN continue to give this woman exposure? She lost her Vice Presidential bid and has subsequently resigned her post as the Governor of Alaska so therefore who and what is she?

    July 14, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. paul h

    sanity palin insanity obama . This administration is attempting to turn this country into a welfare state.

    July 14, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. rex

    Sarah Pailn has no room to criticize anybody, she is a quitter plain and simple. She can say as much as she wants about how she was wasting Alaska's time, but the fact is she simply let her constituents down. I'm not a Sarah Palin fan, but I'd be mad as hell if I was an Alaskan who voted for her. It is also unrealistic for her to deny the media frenzy around her, she created it herself. So Mrs. Palin, please for everyone's sake, come back down to Earth, crawl into a hole and start planning for 2012 I guess.

    July 14, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. Michael, Gallatin, TN

    Poor Sarah. I wonder how it feels to go from media darling VP candidate to having her butt kicked around the hockey rink by a 19-year-old?

    July 14, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  20. JA/TN

    Palin, need to go mute for a while

    July 14, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  21. Danman

    I guess since she reads "all of the" major US newspapers, magazines and periodicals she would know all about the media and how they "play games". Plus since she's just abandoned the people of Alaska I guess she has a lot of time on her hands.

    July 14, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  22. Clint

    Ms. Palin, please go away and leave the making of policy to people with brains and experience, not just a love of the spot light.

    July 14, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. Scott, Tucson

    The Cap and Trade scheme the democrats is trying to force on us is not about energy, they could care less about that, it's biggest con job ever pulled by politicians to rip more money off the American people.

    July 14, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. Ryan Wing

    I think Palin gets more coverage on this ticker than Obama.

    July 14, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. Gil Gunderson

    I wonder who wrote the op-ed for her?

    July 14, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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