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. mjm

    She's right. Say what you want, but she is right.

    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."

    While destroying industry at the same time. We don't even know how many new jobs these "new industries" might create. Pickens already pulled the plug on one project because of cost.

    Nuclear power would produce the most energy and create the most jobs, but you don't see them pushing for that.

    July 14, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. Gary

    Where does Mrs. palin and Rush Limbuagh propose to get enough energy supplies to support global demand and still have our own domestic sources?

    July 14, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Frank

    How is that Alaskan pipe line coming Governor?? Oh I forgot its like that bridge to Nowhere.

    July 14, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Ju5t1n_M0t10n

    Sit down and shut up!

    July 14, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. lucy2

    You want to go away, then go away!
    All she does is whine about the media. If she cares so much about energy policy and using resources from states like Alaska, perhaps she should not have quit her job, the job that enabled her to actually get stuff like that working.

    July 14, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. JimG

    And we're paying attention to a quitter with so little experience in shaping national policy because.....?

    July 14, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. Victory Gin

    She should be scolding her children, not the POTUS.
    Palin, take a long walk off a short pier, you nimrod.

    July 14, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. history repeats

    its so funny. she blasts the media for attacking her and now she is going to become part of the media and blast the left. WATCH. shes gonna give it a few months to make it look like she didnt leave public office to make money in television and then she will come out and say something like "ive seen enough its time for someone to stand up to the LEFT with my new TV show.." (cue the music).....and shes going to make silly statements like these to give herself credibilty until she drops the bomb. shes a joke.

    July 14, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Steve

    This woman is ridiculous. She's comparing Obama's emissions plan to resource development. Once again, Sarah has no idea what she's talking about. And, yeah, right, "God" put all that oil under America so we could tear up the earth to get it, and with it dominate the rest of the world. Sure. This can mean only one thing – Sarah Palin is the GOP candidate for president in 2012. They just haven't announced it yet. "God" help us all.

    July 14, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. Kate David

    Rubbish. If you think you are well informed about economic matters, why are you running away from Alaska.

    Don't even criticize any body let alone a guy who is by far not in your dumb category.

    I hate to say that your critics are as good as nothing

    July 14, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. Diane Panama City Fl

    The only commentary I want from Palin about cap and trade is for someone to cap her and trade her off the the Iranians. She would fit right in with their philosophy of freedoms for women.

    July 14, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    She is going to be a thorn in the side of Obama as long as he is in office. My initial reaction when she announced her resignation was that she was going to badger him on anything and everything.

    She took one for the team. She's crazy like a fox.

    July 14, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  13. Marie Swenson

    Palin would be more credible if she came up with a credible, workable energy policy, besides the "drill, baby, dill" battle cry. We can't continue with our oil dependence .
    What is her vision for our country, say, in 2050? What will be our sources of energy/

    July 14, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. gl, From Pittsburgh

    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.

    But this woman can not stop giving interview and writing story to the media. SHE IS A BIG JOKE AND A BIGGER THREAT THAN ANY OF THE PRESIDENT POLICY. It had that change to shape of your policy with your governor job, but you quit. Your opinion doesn' matter becasue you are seen as a quit when it get to hard.

    July 14, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. Adam

    Scare tactics and fear mongering.. not much has changed.

    July 14, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  16. Ann C. Hansen

    What is her plan??????? Specifics!!!!!!!!!

    July 14, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. joe

    Please, please, please stop posting Palin stories. This is not news. It's drivel.

    July 14, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. Cindy

    Sarah Palin – you GO girl!!! I know plenty of people who are hoping for her to run in 2012. She gets our vote! She might stumble on words every so often but she isn't stumbling on her teleprompter at least. I like her even more than I did a month ago. I hope she makes a trip to my state – I will drive wherever it is – I know it's a huge state but I'll still go to see her and cheer her on. She really seems to know what's going on unlike the many lemmings currently on Capital Hill.

    July 14, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. M. Nesbitt

    She's a QUITTER. I have no respect for what she does or what she says!

    July 14, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. Ann C. Hansen

    What is her plan? Specifics!

    July 14, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. Common Sense

    Ms Palin, please find a nice far right radio show where you can make some big bucks peddling your martyr/rock star complex and pander to the "real Americans" and leave the rest of the world alone.

    July 14, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. david m

    she is so irrelevant. why does she continue to receive press coverage?? go away!!!!!

    July 14, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. GOP

    And she is again spot on. You do not put up road blocks to the economy when its in poor shape.

    Obama wants us in a deeper crisis so more people will be so scared that they will hand over all of their liberty and freedom to him without giving it a second thought.

    This is how Dictators take power and hold onto it. We are seeing our country go from a great Republic to a Socialist Nation under the heavy hand of Dictator Obama!

    Yes people may laugh at this but the sad part is when its over they will say they wish someone would have warned them about what he was going to do to our country but by then it will be too late!

    July 14, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. Eliot

    If we're not supposed to pay attention to "the personality-driven political gossip of the day" why does anyone care a whit about what Sarah Palin thinks about anything?

    July 14, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. ECJ

    How can her focus be on policy, when she is leaving a position where she can make the difference about a policy that she disagrees? Even Bush 2.0 didn't quit, even though he much harsher critics than Palin.

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