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. RL.

    She needs to shut up and go away.

    July 14, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Limbaugh is a liberal

    I thought Palin wanted to stay out of the media's limelight. Why does she keep talking if she wants to be ignored?

    July 14, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. KG, Twin Cities

    Op ed piece? Are you sure this wasn't in the funny pages?

    July 14, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. dreamer

    pls pls pls we don't care what this women thinks.she doesn't have the iq to be a presedent.her opions on the job mean not.

    July 14, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. Don

    This LITTLE GIRL needs to go back home to mommy for nurturing and soothing. PERHAPS someday she will grow up and stop whinning like a child. She is much too volitle to be in ANY political office

    July 14, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. teacheng

    I love taking advice from quitters. They know better than the rest of us!

    July 14, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. Charlie

    Why do you continue to report on Palin's comments so much? There are many other more informed voices out there who would bring so much more to the conversation.

    July 14, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. DRS

    Same old, same old. No answers, just criticism and doom and gloom...PATHETIC

    July 14, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. UNHAPPY DEM

    She is right about this issue. The tree huggers need to stand aside and we need to get drilling to produce our own oil reserves. This green crap is getting old. DRILL BABY DRILL.

    July 14, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. abcya

    hmmmm...energy policy....sarah palin....barack obama...scarcer and more expensive....maybe that's why we need renewables....

    July 14, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. MADinAZ

    Maybe she could resign in protest.

    July 14, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. George Synan

    Ms. Palin proved to be ignorant about most issues during her bid as the vice-presidential candidate, even when prepped.

    So, is she expecting to be some type of watchdog on our behalf for the next 3 years while she prepares for her presidential campaign?

    If so, I find this humorous. if not, then what is she trying attempting to do? I see no value coming from this extreme right-wing, hypocritical individual. She will blast the media for focusing too much on her life, but will adroitly use it to her advantage to keep her in the limelight.

    Please wither away.

    July 14, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Ron L

    WHY DOES ANYONE CARE?? SHE IS A QUITTER!!! After mouthing off and being EXTREMELY negative while on the campaign with Senator McCann. SHE force more attention to be brought upon herself. SHE paraded her family with her everywhere. SHE answered questioned in a manner that made her sound ridiculous. And then when she returns to Alaska she finds some people are hostile toward her, the PRESSURE builds, and SHE QUITS!!! If it were a man the reaction would be TOTALLY NEGATIVE and no one would be making excuses for him...
    SHE'S A QUITTER!!! let me say it again...SHE'S A QUITTER and what she says or does should no longer matter!!!

    July 14, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. johnrj08

    "energy scarcer"? How about "more scarce"? This woman is a grotesque illiterate.

    July 14, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. Craig Nazor

    Sarah Palin does not believe in climate science. The best science tells us that global warming is happening now, that it is largely human caused, and that we can do something about it, but we need to act NOW. Because she does not believe this, she does not compare the cost of inaction to the cost of proposed action, so of course she thinks it will cost America money. I find it unfortunate that this article did not point out that fact.

    If you don't fix a leak in your roof because it is too expensive to fix without comparing that cost to the cost of rotted rafters and other water damage to the house's infrastructure, you will end up with a far larger financial bill than you would have had by biting the bullet and paying to fix the roof.

    This is what is known as ignorance, and one ignorant administration has already been far more than America can afford, and has almost brought this great country to its knees. Fortunately, this fact was finally realized by the majority of the electorate in the last election. I've had enough of Sarah Palin.

    July 14, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Fla.

    New technological advancements = more job creation

    I would not expect fear mongering from a biased Palin to understand with her interests in Big Oil and the status quo. New energy legislation challenges us to accept responsibility towards more energy indepedence going forward. It is long overdue.

    Our soldiers are making sacrifices overseas for us. It is the least we can do at home to advance better, cleaner energy for them. These efforts will not only create more jobs, but it will also help minimize funding hostile regimes our valiant soldiers are fighting.

    It is a shared responsibility to benefit ALL Americans.

    July 14, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. economist

    Given Mrs. Palin's lack of economic credentials, I don't understand why anyone would or should care what her opinion is on cap-and-trade.

    July 14, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. Mitch

    A bachelors degree in journalism (?), 2 years as governor of an oil proudcing state and suddenly she's an expert on energy. Does Palin even understand that Obama's energy plan isn't just about tomorrow, but it's dealing with 10 years or more from now?

    Palin's best is an idiot.

    July 14, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. Tim

    Like anyone wants to hear what this quitter has to say. She is done, stick a fork in her.

    July 14, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Jeanne

    Didn't Palin tell Hillary Clinton to stop whining about the media during the Presidential campaign?

    July 14, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. Karen

    Read the whole piece by Gov. Palin- way to go!! You hit the nail on the head- reducing resources increases costs which will cripple the working and middle classes. What she should have also mentioned is that CO2 is not a pollutant, but is necessary for life. See "photosynthesis." The Gov. knows energy and the needs of Americans. Wake up Obama!!!!

    July 14, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. Peter E

    Digging up Alaska oil won't work. US oil companies base their prices on the international market and have zero obligation to sell their oil to us. In fact, many of them export oil today that could have been used domestically. Bush Jr.'s own energy department found that at peak capacity the ANWLR oil production would be a mere 1 million barrels a day, which is puny even compared to the over 20 million barrels per day we consume today. And in the international market that'll make for jack squat! The only way to reduce our energy costs is to just use less energy! Not more oil drilling, not solar or wind energy, not ethanol. Those will just fatten the pockets of companies that rob us!

    July 14, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. Rob

    Obama, Pelosi, and the rest of the idiots who voted for this are doing the equivalent of pi-ng into the wind. China and India, who emit far more 'greenhouse gases' than the US have no intention of doing anything similar or anything to curb their usage. And we can't harp on China because, once again thanks to Obama, Pelosi, and the same bunch of idiots, the US needs China to buy its debt. We're screwing ourselves royally, while AlGore the Hutt laughs all teh way to the bank.

    Hopefully by the time enough people wake up and realize this is all one big myth, there will still be enough of America to recover.

    The New Obamamerica – Work hard so you can pay money to take care of people who don't want to work!

    July 14, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. Rus in St. Paul, MN

    How can politicians say this is a jobs bill? Yes, I guess if they want to say creating Green Jobs, but you can't ignore all of the other ones that will be lost. The only other industrial nation with a huge green economy is Spain, and they've lost 2.2 jobs for every green job that has been created, and that's the system that Obama has said is the model for where we want to go.

    July 14, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. Mr. Man

    Soon to be ex-Goveror Palin: Don't you realize that people don't care what you have to say anymore? (If anyone ever did).

    July 14, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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