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. Randolph Carter

    The oil/gas companies should pay for it. After all, Exxon made the largest profit of any American company ever last year. Have a nice day!

    June 12, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. LB in FL

    Sounds like a big earmark to me. You betcha! Wink, wink!

    June 12, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Adam from Ohio

    Hey, Sarah! Government funding of infrastructure, plus the government taking of oil money (the people's resources!) and REDISTRIBUTION of that money to the people is dangerously close to ... how do you say it? ... sooooocialeesm!!

    June 12, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. DavidinCA

    This is a much better use of taxpayer money than throwing 40 times that at private companes who are "too big to fail", " keeping a domestic auto industry ( that worked welll, huh????!!!"), and a train from LA to Harry Reid's Vegas strip.

    June 12, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    @ Lacrossemom, who said:

    "Twenty six billion is a lot of money. Question is what is the demand for natural gads? If we were going to be driving natural gas fueled vehicles, I can see that we would need the pipeline, but my understanding is that this form of fuel for our vehicles is still in its infancy. Need to do some research on this."

    Here in the northeast, there's a HUGE demand for natural gas. All new electicity generating plants here are fired by natural gas, and a great many of our homes are heated with natural gas. Of all the fossil fuels, it's the cleanest. This is a very good project.

    Peaceful Friday to you as well.

    June 12, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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