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. Michael

    Sounds like Ms. Palin is only proving that the "Party of No" is also the "Party of No New Ideas." The prattle that she is spewing about the "devastating" consequences of cap-and-trade is just a retread of the same tired arguements also used against the sulfur dioxide C&T legislation of years past........arguements that were based more on kowtowing to the status quo rather than embarking on a new solution to a dangerous problem.

    All she is proving is her inability to think out of the box and come up with 21st century solutions to problems.

    July 14, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. PJ

    Is she still talking?

    She couldn't even finish out her term as governor, and she wants to pretend she has some sort of intelligent insight into energy policy matters? Please, just go away.

    July 14, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. lol

    The Americans hit hardest will be those already struggling to make ends meet. As the president eloquently puts it, their electricity bills will "necessarily skyrocket." So much for not raising taxes on anyone making less than $250,000 a year.
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    No quite, Sarah. But when did you ever let facts get in your way? This isn't what Obama said.

    I almost felt sorry for her because I do believe she was under a great deal of stress this past year.

    However, now that she has willingly become the fall guy for the GOP, easily dooped into a repeat performance of last summers speeches filled with untruths, innuendo's, and fear, she deserves what comes her way.

    July 14, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. Lynne - Seattle

    I'm sorry...why are we listening to someone that can't handle her job and her life at the same time? She can't handle her own job but she thinks she can tell the President what to do?

    If she can't handle the pressures and demands of being a Governor, a wife and a mother how can she handle being PRESIDENT, a wife and a mother?

    I'm worrying about delusions of grandeur!

    July 14, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. Lia

    Why doesn't she just go away? The more she opens her mouth the more confusing she sounds. Vote for her to run our country? NEVER!

    July 14, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. spot

    Is that there pipeline built yet? Last August I could have sworn that a certain Gov. was taking credit for the building of the pipeline...

    July 14, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. European-American

    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.
    From who? Al Gore?
    I really cannot believe that even liberals think that is a good idea.
    Has America's brain turned to jello?
    Now I know many of you will say the republicans have no plan, which perhaps they do not, but simply saying "Alternative Fuel" doesn't really sound like a plan either. What are the specifics to this "Alternative Fuel"? And even more important what does it look like 5 years down the line?
    Will food cost too much to afford? Will these "Alternatives" be efficient?
    Or does any of that matter, just as long as we are doing something?

    July 14, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. white supremacist = al qaeda =hamas = terrorism

    To talk policies, one must get an education first, and Palin does not have one. Please go to school first.
    For those who compare her to our President, only lawyers can understand what a Law Degree from Harvard means. Palin can now afford a tuition at Harvard or Princetown. I'm sure that she will do well if she retakes her SAT.

    July 14, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. TexasAnnie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    I wish this moron Palin would just go away. But I fear that she's headed to the Fox Network in some show where she can rant & rave her extreme & uneducated views at will. Perhaps she could join the "Red Eye" team on Fox– what a bunch of ignorant narcisstic bigots! She'll fit right in.

    July 14, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Jeff from Conneticut

    Dear Mr. President,

    You have a tremendous opportunity here to do what you did with Hillary Clinton. After you defeat them, invite, persuade, insist, guilt trip, coerce, whatever you gotta do...get them to join you. Palin should be a much easier target since she's such a publicity fiend and opportunist. Much less integrity than ms. Clinton. Bait her in, request like five meetings with her, and tell her you want to make her a personal advisor or give her some form of non partisan position in which she can still be a Republican, but also be on your team. Her political capitol is enourmous, and far surpasses her actual dedication to her principles. Therefore it would be in the best interest of the polls, pundits, press, political parties( or at least yours, republicans would be extremely blindsided by this) and most importantly your leadership ability to rope in Palin and turn her into an asset.

    Yours truly,

    your neighborhood Jr. Advisor.

    July 14, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. Kevin

    "Those who understand the issue know we can meet our energy needs and environmental challenges without destroying America's economy." Sorry Princess...Consevatives have had time to deal with this and didn't.

    July 14, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. Diane

    If Sarah had wanted credibility with the American people with this or any other issue, she should not have resigned her position! I will tune her out on anything she has to say, she is a quitter, no ifs, ands or buts about it. If my child had quit in the middle of accepting a post as his/or hers class president position, I would go on a tiarade about not being a quitter. Same thing here. This gal is running for future offce, make no mistake about it. If we decide to put this lady into office, we need our heads examined. Why would she not step down if things got too rough for her?????? she can't handle the poltical scene. Go away Sarah, you were handed a golden opportunity from Sen. McCain and made a mess of it. We don't want to listen to you anymore.

    July 14, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. David

    Nice to know Palin has someone to write for her. The woman can't speak in normal sentences. Can you imagine trying to read something she actually would write for herself?

    She's a joke, an idiot, and an embarrassment to me as a US Citizen.

    July 14, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    The joke is on Sarah... the majority of us "normal" Americans do not care what this narcissus, uneducated, ignorant, self righteous women has to say. Her kind are in the minority, thank God.

    July 14, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. Worn out

    "...let me make clear what is foremost on my mind and where my focus will be."

    Clear? Focus? That would be a first. I am consistently amazed by these so-called Christian Politicians who value our economy more than the Earth (God's Earth) itself. Does anyone really believe Sarah Palin understands these policies? Why doesn't she just muster up all the nuance she can so she can adequately describe her focus: Drill, baby, drill.

    July 14, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. Wespac

    typical GOP. Forget everything people, its about your money. Who cares if the earth is rotting. Miss Palin, what's your solution?

    July 14, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. AEK

    700-word commentary...698 more than I thought she had in her total vocabulary! As the governor of the state with the largest energy reserves in our country, she could legitimately comment on the energy policy for our country. As either a quitter who can't handle the pressure of public life, or a money hungry obsessive publicity seeker, not so much!

    July 14, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. Jay t.

    With all this heat on Obama, maybe he should just quit and make a bunch of money off reality television shows, and poorly written books and rambling speeches. That's the Sarah Palin way!

    July 14, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. Deb

    You quit because your job was too hard so stop talking! Quitters don’t get to judge and criticize hard workers; particularly those trying to rectify the “permanent damage” caused by Bush, Cheney, Rove. et al. News outlets MUST stop giving her air time just because they think we want to hear from her. We do NOT. Now that she is no longer a politician leave her to oblivion!

    July 14, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. MJM

    Those who understand the issue know we can meet our energy needs and environmental challenges without destroying America's economy." To those of you that wish she would shut-up, go stick your head in the mud if you don't want to hear from her because she is right about this. Alaska, Oklahoma, Tennessee and a lot of other states are full of the resources that would supply the US such as fuel and natural gas and supplying people with jobs. Also the people that own the land that companies would have to lease from would benefit and then that would help boost the economy. It is a continual thing. You pay Paul and Paul is going to spend and spending what you make here in the US helps the US.

    July 14, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. Daniel Deruelle

    Why is she still talking...

    July 14, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. Mike

    Palin's alternative: Do nothing.

    July 14, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. Chaco

    I was struck by her quote, "Those who understand the issue know we can meet our energy needs and environmental challenges without destroying America's economy". When you look at her approach to energy in the state of Alaska, it appears that she has taken what was once the very foundation of the economy there and pummeled it into a deficit that equals to twice as much per capita as California. And now she is leaving the state, after handing over $500 million to a Canadian pipeline 'study' with no concrete results and oil companies that are still smarting over the big tax increases she levied in order to pass out checks to Alaskans. Now the Permanent Fund is in trouble, the oil companies are balking at her pipeline and the state is in debt. It is contradictory of her to criticize anyone for energy issues as related to the economy.

    July 14, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. Nota Bushfan

    Does this woman not get it . Palin LOST the election and has resigned as Govenor of her State. No political clout = who cares what she has to say. We can not continue to rely on oil and carbon based fuels to be our main stay for home heating, Auto fuel, Electricity, ect, ect. We as a generation are destroying our planet as we know it due the greed of many involved in BIG OIL who fear the potential loss of revenue will drive down profits and the same goes for Alaska which is one our great states, but would significantly suffer loss of money if its oil didn't bring in profits that it survives on.
    We as a society must move on to the future of enviromently safe sources of fuel and energy !

    July 14, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. Stu-Florida

    She just doesn't get it. The idea is to wean ourselved from oil, foreign and domestic.We will always need oil for many other things besides burning it. So we need to conserve what we have, including Alaska. Let's face it we are the worlds biggest pigs of oil. Even the ones with lipstick. :)

    She is still a quitter and needs to shut up. She has no brains or plans on how to do anything except enrich her own personal agenda. She certainly hasn't the right to "take aim" at anything in the Obama administration.
    How do we finally make her go away?? That's what I'd like to know!

    July 14, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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