July 14th, 2009
11:46 AM ET
12 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. David Newport, OR

    I have no intent on "quitting" complaining...I'm just quitting my job because I'm a quitter when things become hard.

    July 14, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. G

    Why doesn't she just go somewhere and shut up? She has no credibility and is not important.

    July 14, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Challenge authority

    You go girl.

    July 14, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. bdnchnscpcheats

    awsome blog

    July 14, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. Polar Bears Against Palin

    You already polluted your own state, itch. Now, you need to sit yourself down and shut up.

    July 14, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. G

    She just needs to fade away.

    July 14, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Obama 08/12

    Sarah, just take the money you're planning on making off books, reality show, talk show ,or whatever and leave the country to be run by intelligent people. If you can't take the stress of governing a state that has more caribou than people, how in the world could you govern anything?

    July 14, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. SJ

    Palin is obviously Cheney's new puppet.

    July 14, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. melia-orlando fl

    This womens point of view of anything is a JOKE! She's trying tooo
    hard to look polittically anything......
    Go fish some Russians from your window instead!

    July 14, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. lynn in NM

    At least someone has a brain, and uses it, when it comes to energy. I have never supported a presidential candidate. Palin may be the first.

    July 14, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. Katie

    Of course Sarah Palin wants us to look to domestic oil reserves - she stands to make an enormous chunk of change if the government restrictions on drilling in Alaska are changed. This is nothing but a selfish endeavor on her part.

    Not to mention she really doesn't seem to understand Cap and Trade...

    July 14, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. GI Joe

    Sounds to me like she wants to keep the checks rolling in to her and other Alaskans from oil revenues at our expense.

    Thanks but no thanks. I have a hybrid and will buy electric as soon as they can travel a longer range on one charge. To hell wth OIL. It WILL run out and I don't want to get stuck with the high gas prices in the meantime.

    July 14, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. ronnierayjenkins

    Such a bright woman...NOT.

    July 14, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. Lucius

    Sure Palin,
    Let's continue to exploit the natural resources of your state, be dependent on non-renewable energy sources, kill off species, and destroy the planet, whatever gets more money to Alaska, a state about which you don't seem to care anyway, you quitter... Seriously, who wants to listen to Sarah Palin on any subject that requires in depth, critical analysis? It's like listening to a muppet, the woman is an idiot.

    July 14, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. Miller

    Hey Sarah who wrote that for you???? Lol

    July 14, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. Will - Minneapolis

    Again no substance.

    Nothing on how she would decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

    July 14, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  17. LINDA

    Who is listening to sarah when she herself donot know what she is talking about she is topsy tervie all the way-she needs to get a grip and learn the policy's of the U.S. when she has no idea of nothing,she can't talk about any plan of energy or any thing else when she doesn't know what she is talking about just words-she needs to just stop all together from politics-she is not poilitics material believe that. What can she possibley say to the american people that we don't already know and not from her. She is not ready for the political race.

    July 14, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. phoenix86

    Obama has no clue about how the energy markets work, what needs to be done and most important, the ramifications of his "green" wish list on individuals.

    July 14, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. proud army navy mom

    why oh why would ANYBODY listen to or care about what this dingbat says?

    Peggy Noonan said it best. " Palin does not know enough to know that she is not a deep thinker, because she is not a deep thinker.

    She also says that Palin is of the high self esteem generation. She can not recognize her own inadequacies, because she thinks wrongly that she is somehow capable or intelligent enough..

    July 14, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. Duck Fallas

    Did "those who understand the issue" write the op-ed for you?

    Palin-Bachmann 2012

    July 14, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. TT

    Thank God Palin is speaking out in support of policies that might actually work, and against the failed policies of the Obama administration. The loser Dems can blame Bush all they want but the reality is, this country was great until they took over the Senate. Now that Obama and his clan of liars and thieves has taken over, the country has gone to pot and you can't blame anyone else except the failed Dem policies. It is so sad that so many were conned into believing that Obama was what this country needed. He is nothing more than a liar and is the worst thing that ever happened to this country. I pray that people will turn from the wicked Obama administration and give the true conservatives such as Palin a chance to make things right in the future.

    July 14, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. Sean

    Blah, blah, blah, blah. Shut up Sarah and go away. We Alaskans will be better off when you are gone. Do you hear that fizzle? It's your fifteen minutes ending.

    July 14, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. jd

    Your link falsely attributes 'Clinton' to the criticism of Obama....you need to correct this; this is CNN not phoney fox 'news'.
    When are the daily Sarah Palin stories going to go away....if wants to be 'left alone' why won't she shut up?

    July 14, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. Rob Johnson

    If you take Palin's comments and replace "energy" with "fossil fuels" you will understand exactly where she is coming from.

    There is no doubt in my mind that when Sarah Palin says "energy" she isn't thinking about solar panels and windmills, two industries that don't pollute the atmosphere and would therefore be greatly helped by a cap and trade system.

    Of course, Palin's husband didn't use to work at a windmill factory.

    July 14, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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