June 12th, 2009
09:45 AM ET
14 years ago

Palin defends massive pipeline project

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/12/art.pipeline.gi.jpg caption="Palin is praising a deal to build a $26 billion pipeline in Alaska."](CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is pushing back against critics of the proposed $26 billion natural gas pipeline in her state, saying demand for natural gas is on the rise in the United States.

"By probably 2030, we’ll see about a 40 percent increase in demand for natural gas," Palin told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview set to air at 6 p.m. ET on The Situation Room. "Domestically, we have the supply. The resources are up there in Alaska, and it’s time that we build this infrastructure and flow that very valuable resource into hungry markets throughout the U.S."

Palin's comments come in the wake of questions by some critics of the proposal whether there is an adequate demand for the massive expenditure.

The Alaska governor called those views "short sighted" and said the project is "right for our nation’s security and for our environment, for our economy."

The former Republican vice presidential candidate also praised the recent alliance of TransCanada and Exxon Mobil - the two rivals in the years-long battle of who would build the pipeline - and take a stake in the future revenue it generates.

Palin, who has long courted such a deal, was on hand in Texas to announce the joint-project.

"It’s a great venue that we have, a vehicle called AGIA, the Alaska Gas Line Inducement Act, and believe me, Exxon, the largest company in the world, and TransCanada, the best pipeline building company in the world, I’m sure they would not have aligned and committed to building this project had they not crunched the numbers and figured out that for their bottom line," she said.

Watch Sarah Palin's full interview at 4 and 6 p.m. ET on The Situation Room

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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. JonDie

    "The Alaska governor called those views "short sighted" and said the project is "right for our nation’s security and for our environment, for our economy.""

    "Short sighted" (and ignorant:) are those, including Palin, who think that global warming is a myth and who refuse to support a push toward real energy independence, which can ONLY be achieved by switching to renewable sources of energy.

    But I'm sure the pipeline will be GOOD for Sarah.

    June 12, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. robert j

    Does she really expect anyone to take her seriously on issues of this magnitude after considering her "learned" positions on both bigger (foreign policy) and smaller (flying her family around at gov expense) issues
    She needs an expert to validate her "belief".She needs help period!

    June 12, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. rand

    What's short-sighted is not looking for ways to entirely rid ourselves from the need for gasoline products. The technology is out there. We need to expose the oil companies and their puppets, Palin included, for their tactics to keep us dependent on these products.

    June 12, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. rodlang

    Who are the idiots criticizing this project? It will create up to 10,000 jobs. It wil benefit the economy in Alaska and Western Canada. It will supply the lower 48 states with natural gas...clean energy. They have been working on this project for over ten years and finally got it done. Everyone involved deserves credit.

    June 12, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. JJoe

    What happened to the Republicans?

    They USED to want less beuracracy, smaller government, less government control, and less politicians. (Back in the days of Ike that is).

    You ever notice, lately, right wingers have to come out at these right wing meetings/conferences, and declare to everyone and remind themselves what they "believe". And they have to repeat it over and over again. The reason they have to continueously state their "beliefs" is because certainly when in power, they practice the exact opposite.

    It's how a person like Palin can stand up and bash the President as "Big government control" and proclaim "I believe in small government, and less dependance on government" meanwhile, her state takes in record pork barrel projects, takes in a variety of funds from the federal government and she uses her office to seize oil company profits and redistribute them to Alaska's citizens. It's not Socialism/Communist when a republican does it.

    June 12, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. mickey lane

    Thank you Gov. Palin, or as many of us lovingly call her – Sarah from Alaska. I wish you and your family the best! Don't pay attention to the small minded people casting aspersions to your family & you!

    June 12, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Bob in Pa

    Thank God someone has some common sense on energy. It will be decades before any alternative energy source can provide the needed BTUs that are required to heat and run our nation. We need to develop production in both arenas instead of just criminalizing oil and natural gas.

    June 12, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Cromwell

    Sarah Palin said that she agreed with Ronald Reagan that "Government isn't the solution, government is the problem."
    Now she says that the government can solve our energy problems.

    I agree with the Pipeline project, but I disagree with Hypocricy.

    June 12, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. dominican mama 4 Obama

    ". ..had they not crunched the numbers and figured out that for their bottom line," she said."

    Is it just me?? Figured out WHAT for their bottom line? E-N-G-L-I-S-H please.

    June 12, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. Mike

    Palin would sell her family to get a byline and sell her soul to get airtime. She is the perfect example of all that has gone wrong and is wrong with the GOP. A completely greedy, self-serving, uncaring, unfeeling, hypocritical person with delusions of personal Godhood and who would trample her state into the ground, and the people with it, for her own delusional self-valuation. This pipeline is nothing more than yet another greedy suck up by a GOP politician to one of the big companies that has made it's fortune breaking the backs of the Middle Class and Working Poor. Exxon/Mobil needs to be torn down, not given billions more for raping the US people and our land. Palin and her buddies at Exxon/Mobil need to go.

    June 12, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. Terry, NJ

    I'd much rather the government spend money on this instead of wasting $30 billion of taxpayers money on GM and Chrysler...

    June 12, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. Ohio Man

    Sounds about "RIGHT".. no need in accepting money that will go to schools and help re-structure the state(there is no money in that for personal gain) , but hey let drill baby drill as they say , but sure let build a pipe line thats just what we need here in Alaska (more money in my pockets & CEO friends that will help my political career).. so yea i would say Sounds about "RIGHT" to me

    June 12, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Monika

    I don't trust anything this woman has to say about the economy, for her state or for this nation.

    June 12, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. R in Maine

    She wants our approval for being the last person to really destroy the environment in Alaska. Palin's idea of consideration is to maintain an email exchange with that other brilliant republican, Russ Limbaugh. Actually work for a living? Not a chance! Kill some endangered species, that works.

    June 12, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. Really????

    Hopefully the US will still be able to suck all that natural gas out of Alaska through the pipeline even if Sarah succeeds in having Alaska sucede!

    June 12, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  16. Tim

    Boy, she is against spending everywhere except her own state. Wow, isn't that hypocritical?

    June 12, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. Jim in Florida

    CNN uses the critics statement to cast doubt on the pipeline.

    You have any idea how much natural gas can be piped down to the lower 48? Goodness.

    Green at the expense
    Of all common sense.

    June 12, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. sifto77

    Watch for the lefties to trash anything Palin–they are jealous because she is in charge of the cleanest and most valuable natural resources in the USA. We should also reconsider drilling for oil in Alaska. When Al Gore gives up his carbon emitting plane and turns his lights off at 1000Pm I will reconsider whether he is lying or knows something the rest of the world does not regarding "green earth".

    June 12, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. rodlang

    If the Canadians don't approve of this, they are not too bright. It will help their own sluggish economy.

    And natural gas is CLEAN energy.

    June 12, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  20. Mr. Phil

    "By PROBABLY 2030, we’ll see ABOUT a 40 percent increase in demand for natural gas"? Where are you pulling this data from, the thin air? Oh wait, that's right, Christians don't believe in science so they don't have any way of formulating an actual, testable hypothesis. Yet, we're expected to hand her $26 bil. based on PROBABLY and ABOUT? How about having someone do some REAL research first, then come up with your proposal? Once again, she has proven what an intellectual minor leaguer she is.

    June 12, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  21. Robert

    Who is Sarah trying to "Fool" again. The natural gas company's have shut down all most all their wells because of the low price of their product. This hold's true all over the country. I live in Southern Colorado, and @ least once a week you can read a story of all the people that have been laid off because of the low price of natural gas.
    The last thing that the low-states need is Sarah's "Gas"...............

    June 12, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. Mick

    What a surprise, a Repiglican wants a HUGE taxpayer funded boondoggle to benefit a small wealthy, well connected few: Exxon Mobil (they of record breaking corporate profits the past several years). The best part of Palin's plan is that the $26 billion we US taxpayers have given the governor is going to be promptly given to a Canadian company, TransCanada.

    Oh well, at least the Repiglicans can still claim to be against the President's stimulus plan since the pipeline to nowhere doesn't create any American jobs.

    $26 billion dollars for Canadian jobs. That putting your "country first", Sarah. It's good to see your hypocrisy knows no bounds.

    June 12, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. Back to Simple Life

    She wants the US Government out of her life, but she welcomes other Countries' Governments running the Alaskans' lives?

    Ho Hum ...............................................................

    June 12, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. fella from Chicago

    Natural gas is the way to go in the 21st century along with solar energy. Good move Governor.

    June 12, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. Pat, CA

    Great plan - go for it, Governor Palin!

    June 12, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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