July 14th, 2009
11:46 AM ET
13 years ago

Palin takes aim at Obama over energy

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(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. Gloria A. Wurm

    How can the press print this woman's comments. How many universities did she go to? What a farce! She needs to focus on being a mother. She sure hasn't done a very good job of that. In fact, she is like George W Bush. He lost all the businesses his father bought for him and likewise Palin is a quitter. Give me a break. Lets focus on healthcare and other important issues rather than Palin.

    July 14, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. David

    She comes from a state whose largest industry is oil and gas. What else would we expect her to say? My comment isn't Palin specific. An ex-governor from and oil and gas state isn't going to promote alternative energy.

    July 14, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |

    She couldn't handle the resposibilities of her elected office so she quits and thinks she can now just fire missles from the sidelines? She wants to spend more time with her family but says she will campaign across the country for other candidates? Please Sarah just go away already, the adults are trying to have a conversation!

    July 14, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. brian

    Go away already

    July 14, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. AC

    Sarah please go enjoy your retirement, stay out of federal government politics, and stay out of sight and sound too. Its still apparent and has been apparent since last year that you don't have the first inkling of what is going on in this country. Instead of attacking the opposite party, why don't you try questioning the deviant behavior that your own party has done and the damage that they've inflicted on our country. Such as, why did they sell our souls to China, a Communist/Socialist country???

    July 14, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Roger

    This "quitter" has the unmitigated gall to call out President Obama when she is relinquishing her position as Governor of Alaska, where she could have had a bully pulpit to express her views, in order to fill her own personal coffers is the height of hypocrisy. Go away Sarah! Your 15 minutes are over!

    July 14, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. Kent

    "kill" and "clobber" defines Palin's approach to politics, to her opponents, to the media and ironically to her own character and career.

    July 14, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. southerncousin

    The whole country needs to reject this "cap & trade" tax. It is just Al Gores revenge on America. You can tell he is a communist since they awarded him the Nobel Peace Prize like they did for Yassir Arafat.

    July 14, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. Jason

    Didn't you quit? Don't you have a game of maverick basketball to play?

    July 14, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. Billy

    Palin didn't write anything, and CNN knows that. She let her name be stuck on a position paper written by some anonymous hack from the oil lobby.

    Furthermore, cap-and-trade started out as a Republican alternative to actually forbidding dangerous industrial practices. And now, even this compromise doesn't suit them.

    Ah well. She'll be our president soon enough.

    July 14, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. peter vaguely

    Nut Job, You Betcha!

    July 14, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. Jim

    I'm not sure why anything Mrs. Palin says could significant to our country. It is very clear where her loyalties lie, especially considering how she simply gave up trying to be governor of Alaska to focus on becomng ever more popular (how could this happen?), hoping to run for President in 2012. Anyone who believes she is making comments/statements in order to better our country is simply fooling themselves. She is not qualified to comment on any legilation any President would offer.

    July 14, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Dal Californian

    Well we need a solution which does not use carbon based fuel. If Ms Plain is going to use the oil under Alaska for the energy usage then we are going the wrong direction.
    We need to use energy that is carbon free. Lets use Wind Solar and waves as energy sources to solve our problems.
    Ms Plain needs to get some concrete ideas before some of us will listen with interest. Right now her chat is like a Gnat's buzzing in our ears.

    July 14, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. Perry Barton

    I'm sorry. The resigning governor of Alaska does not qualify to criticize officials who stick to their jobs. She demonstrated during her run for VP that she didn't have the depth to handle policy decisions.

    July 14, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Carlos L. Harrisburg PA

    I don't get this deal. For someone to hate and talk so much about the national media it sure loves beeing in the media. Now more then before.

    July 14, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. Observe Absurd

    There is no doubt that the opinion of an individual who quit her job in public service in order to cash in on the private sector will be vital when considering how to funnel money to Haliburton, Chevron, etc, etc, etc.
    Sarah – Please, Just Go Away. Seriously.

    July 14, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. Barry2952

    Why is anyone listening to this woman? She's quit every elected post to run for the next one.

    It's a shame, really.

    July 14, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. Avi Shlomo

    Have not we had enough of this woman of few neurons. If the republicans were good we could have stayed wiith Bush who surprisingly has more neuron in his head than hers. I guess Palin sells and sure I am too falling for this making commnets. It has become liek arguing with a fool scenario.

    July 14, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. rpcpurpose

    "So, at risk of disappointing the chattering class" ?. As far as I'm concerned Palin is nothing more than the "Chattering Class"!!!!

    July 14, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. Hockey Puck

    And this woman's opinion is credible because...?

    I haven't seen much evidence that she's knowledgeable about much of anything. It's hard to consider her as an expert aside from attack skills.

    July 14, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Ken Schwarz

    I will be waiting breathlessly for her to tell us how.

    July 14, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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