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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  1. Hans Brecker RI

    She is correct....too bad our all-knowing and all-seeing president doesn't understand Economics 101..........because of obama's LACK OF KNOWLEDGE we all will suffer under cap and trade

    July 14, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Jeff

    What an ignorant and insulting comment, I guess designed to appeal only to the Republican base on uneducated morons. First of all, there is no such thing as "God" and such nonsense has no place in a discussion about energy. Second, we do not have a responsibility to "tap resources." Just the opposite, we have a responsibility to preserve and protect our precious resources and to find alternatives to pillaging the planet. Thank God this nightmarish hick is leaving public office and hopefully out of our lives for good.

    July 14, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. history repeats

    "several moderate and conservative Democrats have indicated that they received heavy constituent pressure to vote against the legislation."

    in other words oil lobbyists are "making donations" to these idiots.

    July 14, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. Eileen from Maine

    "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.
    ****************************************************************************** In the true spirit of the 'always find somebody else to blame' party, Sarah Palin takes us all for fools if she believes we haven't noticed that she is the one who will not let the drival of political gossip die, but continuously bringis it up herself by sending out endless statements.
    Unfortunately she probably can't help herself, she is just too caught up in her own celebrety to allow herself to be out of the spotlight for more than a day or two.

    July 14, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. Vince

    Is this view surprising coming from the Alaskan governor who has been in the pocket of the oil/gas industry? Whose husband works for one of them? Very good Governor Conflict of Interest. What other pearls of wisdom do you have?

    July 14, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. Russ

    Who cares, Palin you are no longer revelent!! Shut up!!! Go back to Wasilly and be good little homemaker and mommy.

    July 14, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. Jerry

    Sarah needs to get her own life and family under control before continuing as an attack dog. Her problem is she does not have the intellectual capacity to understand the problems she is commenting on. She is a joke.

    July 14, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. Vince

    The status-quo is not how this country will move forward and regain prosperity. Bold action such as the proposed energy bill, including the cap-and-trade provision will provide incentive for the development and implementation of cleaner energy and reduced emissions technologies. This is the kind of balance between government regulation and market forces that we need in order to solve our greatest problems.

    July 14, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. ANONYMOUS

    It is time to shut your mouth. You are such an irresponsable person who wants to be famous and makes lot of money by resigning your governorship. Who cares about what you have to say.

    July 14, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. Steve

    I mean, who cares what this wingnut says anymore? When is she just going to go away?

    July 14, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. Bill from CA

    So she quit as governor and on the people of Alaska to spend the next few years sniping at Obama? Give me a break!

    July 14, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. Right Trash

    I wonder who were ghost writer was? I'd ask her but I suspect she'd say that as a good christian, she doesn't believe in ghosts.

    There's no way she could ever compose such complex sentences.

    July 14, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. David Bruce

    Listening to Sarah Palin for policy is like asking a street bum for investment advice. What's her qualification? Extensive education.. great intellect... foreign policy experience... oh i forgot she's a hockey mom she knows everything. Come on people would you take advice from her?

    July 14, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. Proud Member..Party of No

    We need Sarah Palin in the White House instead of the brain-dead community organizer.

    July 14, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. kevincollins

    Heh! It's like grade-school-level writing - the kind of contextless swill my English teacher would say is all surface and no depth. As for her saying..

    "...if we responsibly tap the resources that God created right underfoot on American soil..."

    ...it's not too surprising given that this would greatly increase the Alaska Permanent Fund annual payments given to every single Alaskan based on the amount of produced oil in the state. Of course, I wonder how Palin's husband, the one who belongs to the Alaska Independence Party whose chief goal is to unpatriotically sucede from the U.S., would feel about the wife saying "American" in a favorable light.

    July 14, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. Eddie B.

    Those words definitely do not sound like they came from Sarah Palin. She is a fraud beauty contestant and now she wants to be an outspoken lobbyist. This op-ed peice was not even written by her. She needs to show that she can finish a term in office and not succumb to the pressure and go after money. Fulfill your own duties before you tell people how to fulfill their's!!!

    July 14, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. Expat American

    Bye Bye, Soon-to-be-Ex-Gov.

    Palin should spend more time trying to promote her upcoming celebrity boxing match-up with Levi 'I'll knock our daughter up and knock you out' Johnston, than continue to jump up and down vying for the national attention not unlike 'Brittney Spears stepping out of a car on the day she forgot to wear her undies'.

    Palin embodies a pathetic high school ‘bridezilla’ mentality coupled with some good old fashioned racial and religious bigotry.

    July 14, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. SensibleJoe

    One might as well say "in a Washington Post op-ed piece ghost-written for Palin," for the editorial doesn't resemble any thought or sentence she has cobbled together in public in her inarticulate, undereducated way. Palin's 15 minutes are up, for all her self-promoting histrionics. Let's get back to real politics now.

    July 14, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. Stephen Parker

    Palin need to go home and shut up.

    July 14, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. Richie

    Sit down and shut up. You quit, remember?

    July 14, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. Bill NY

    If this is the best that the conservatives can come up with, its no wonder they are in trouble. People like Palin and that drug addled ex used car salesman Limbaugh lead me to believe that we are truly doomed.

    July 14, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. Go Palin

    This Lady is a Distraction and a disgrace to everything America Stands For Please CNN Stop Highliting her,, who is paying you to do so anyway? Must be Mccain, he still has a grudge

    July 14, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. JS007

    So what do you propose Palin? Using prayer to stop global warming? Oh, wait, she doesn't believe global warming is real. With all of her edumacation she is the authority, not the climate scientists who have spent their lives researching this.

    July 14, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Expat American

    Bye Bye, Soon-to-be-Ex-Gov.

    Palin should spend more time trying to promote her upcoming celebrity boxing match-up with Levi 'I'll knock your daughter up and knock you out' Johnston, than continue to jump up and down vying for the national attention not unlike 'Brittney Spears stepping out of a car on the day she forgot to wear her undies'.

    Palin embodies a pathetic high school ‘bridezilla’ mentality coupled with some good old fashioned racial and religious bigotry.

    July 14, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. Jeff

    What an ignorant and insulting comment, I guess designed to appeal only to the Republican base of uneducated morons. First of all, there is no such thing as "God" and such nonsense has no place in a discussion about energy. Second, we do not have a responsibility to "tap resources." Just the opposite, we have a responsibility to preserve and protect our precious resources and to find alternatives to pillaging the planet. Thank God this nightmarish hick is leaving public office and hopefully she is going to be out of our lives for good.

    July 14, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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