April 30th, 2010
06:46 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin weighs in on Louisiana oil spill

Sarah Palin took to Facebook on Friday to comment on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Sarah Palin took to Facebook on Friday to comment on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

(CNN) - As thousands of barrels of oil leak into the Gulf of Mexico, and a massive oil slick approaches the Louisiana coast, Sarah Palin weighed in on the environmental nightmare.

In a Friday post on her Facebook page, the former Alaska governor expressed shock and sadness for the 11 men presumed dead from the April 20 oil rig explosion. And Palin said that her "heart breaks" for Louisiana's coastal residents who are "facing fears of the unknown impacts of the oil spill."

She also called for increased government accountability in the oil industry, saying that while accidents will always happen, companies "must be held accountable."

"It is inexcusable for any oil company to not invest in preventative measures," Palin wrote, while also mentioned her experience as an oil and gas regulator.

But Palin is standing by the rally cry she helped popularize during the 2008 presidential campaign.

"I repeat the slogan 'drill here, drill now' not out of naiveté or disregard for the tragic consequences of oil spills – my family and my state and I know firsthand those consequences," Palin wrote. "[I]ncreased domestic oil production will make us a more secure, prosperous, and peaceful nation."

Palin has long said that energy independence and security are linked, an argument she repeated Friday.

"We need oil, and if we don't drill for it here, we have to purchase it from countries that not only do not like America and can use energy purchases as a weapon against us, but also do not have the oversight that America has."


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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. BillE

    Well, I feel better now that she's on it. You bettcha!

    April 30, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. Drew

    Ah, more brilliant CNN coverage... can't believe your ratings are down 40%! I mean why mention anything about Mrs. Palin's embarrassing environmental record in her stint as half-term governor of Alaska or her quitting an oil panel under the cloud of corruption. Instead, let's present her opinion as one of relevance. Let's kill intellectualism and laugh at honesty. Let's promote theology and the elimination of the (Constitutionally mandated) separation of church and State. Let's promote pseudo-science and deny climate change. And, finally, let's change the channel, and ignore CNN, and actually get news.

    April 30, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. Tony

    I must ask why this woman is still relevant? Why does anyone care what she thinks about this or any other subject?

    April 30, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. Jamie from Riverside

    How's that Drill Baby, Drill! working for ya'?

    April 30, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  5. Nico

    "but also do not have the oversight that America has"

    Right Sarah, because ours worked so well. She is indescribably stupid.

    April 30, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. Kel

    Wow first its govt should back off and now all of sudden its be more involved. You just can't win can you?

    April 30, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. Albert R. Killackey, Hey Palin, hows that "drill baby drill" workin out for ya, huh?

    The only experience Palin as an oil and gas regulator is quiting that job also. She needs to shut-up!

    April 30, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. js007

    Sarah Palin who calls action on climate change that would encourage people to use cleaner fuels "cap-and-tax" and has popularized the mindless chant "Drill, Baby, Drill" should keep her ignorant mouth shut. She and her ilk have been proven completely wrong, as usual. Some people have no shame.

    April 30, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  9. Michael from Ventura

    Keep talking Sarah- you just prove the Dems correct.

    April 30, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. normajean

    There are a lot of people who will "jump on the bandwagon} if it will look good for them. Sarah is certainly one of them. Side note....I watched a discovery show and few seasons ago on three groups of men trying to beat each other finding oil and I can tell "Drill, Baby,Drill" is a dangerous joke. On dry land,. not in the ocean this was NOTHING to take lightly. It can take a very long time, cost a very lot of money and sometimes you end up with nothing.I know it has been done thousands of times and will be done again, but if we can find alternitives, we should be looking.

    April 30, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  11. timz

    Maybe people should ask Palin how is that "oily-spilly" stuff working out for ya? Drill, baby, drill!

    April 30, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  12. LouAnn

    Who cares what Palin thinks? She isn't even bright enough to realize she isn't popular and her ratings are in the toilet. She only hangs with the minority who do like her, giving herself an over-inflated sense of self-worth. Her thoughts and opinions are of no consequence to the thinking, intelligent, people of this country

    April 30, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  13. Brian

    What a stupid woman.

    April 30, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. Larry

    I knew she'd get her mug in on this.

    Limbaugh beat you to the punch on this one Palin. Focus! Focus!

    I bet if we put the two of you together you wouldn't have an IQ of 100.

    April 30, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  15. DJ

    I hope this stops any idea of additional Off Shore drilling for any oil company!!! Time to move green fuel and other alternative sources of energy forward!!!

    April 30, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  16. rocks thrown

    um, but if we drill over there, if there's a problem, well at least it isn't here. kinda like fight them there not here....

    April 30, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  17. ben san roda

    "Drill baby drill." A car accident will not stop us from driving a car–Yes, same in his situation. Now safety should be the focus by the drilling companies. We should not be under the mercy of the ME. We need to use our own offshore oil.

    April 30, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  18. Dave

    Quitter Palin wants "increased government accountability" in the oil industry? Now thats a contradiction.

    April 30, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  19. If We Can Defeat Him On Health Care It Will Be His Waterloo

    So Sarah,"Drill, Baby, Drill" tweets, CNN robots report andAmerica gets dumbed-down a little more.

    "Shrill, Baby, Shrill takes Americans for her Shill, Baby, Shill, while her fans continue to drink her Swill, Baby, Swill. I wish she would just shut up because I've had my Fill, Baby, Fill.

    April 30, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  20. kitty

    Drill, baby, drill!!!! Bimbo, you are such a phoney

    April 30, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  21. Albert R. Killackey, Hey Palin, hows that "drill baby drill" workin out for ya, huh?

    Palin never "weighs in;" she has no weight! All she ever does is read canned speaches, notes on her hands and post junk on Facebook. Palin never gives interviews with the real press and that is the only way to "weigh-in." She is not even a "light-weight." She is a none-weight!

    April 30, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  22. Liz the First

    How's that 'Drill, Baby, Drill' thing workin' out for ya, gulf states??? i dare that ignorant hillbilly to show her face in the communities about to be devastated by one of the worst oil catastrophes in history. she needs to educate herself on the environment and the consequences of man's actions. what good is 'secure, prosperous, and secure' if the planet itself is unlivable??? this woman never met an animal she didn't want to shoot. if people don't stop listening to the likes of her, we're not going to have any quality of life in a couple of decades. environmental responsibility and green energy will do a lot more good for our economy than oil-ravaged coastlines and flooded cities when the greenland glaciers and the antarctic ice end up in the ocean and raise sea levels to inundate our coastal cities. of course, that wouldn't impact our economy at all, would it, Sarah?

    April 30, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  23. They call me "tater salad"

    I wonder who's writing her speeches these days......Certainly not her!

    April 30, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  24. George of the jungle

    Paln should put a sock in it. Who cares what she thinks. She just want'ss to see her oil stock go up.

    April 30, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  25. Methuselah

    This idiot will never learn. But are you an idiot for giving here credence? What is her credibility based on? She hasn't done much of anything to receive so much attention. She quit her governorship before the end of her first term to go for the cash. This shows how much she cares about Alaska. She doesn't care about you or your concerns unless it empowers herself. Drill Baby Drill? Sounds like a heroin junkie, tap a vein Sarah, just call it what it is, oil junkie.

    April 30, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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