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. Mr. Man

    Soon to be ex-Goveror Palin: Don't you realize that people don't care what you have to say anymore? (If anyone ever did).

    July 14, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. Carl

    She didn't write this! Look @ her resignation speech and this one. Definitely a ghost writer. MSM need to stop accepting materials from Palin without any details. She attacks and, sprout out things that she doesn't have a clue about... This is one Republican that can do w/o Palin.

    I thought she was quitting to take care of her family. Another lie as usually.....

    July 14, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Patrish

    Maybe now that she's left office, she will make an effort to educated herself about issues. Sadly, people don't change; Palin has never interested or curiosity in the rest of the world She in attention and power. So tacky to leave the people of Alaska in the the middle of her term. I think they will be better off without her. I know the wolves will be.

    July 14, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. Harold

    we now have the new E.F. Hutton, "when Sarah speaks" I have no problem with a disagreement over policy and effect it may have; the question I have is will she only speak out when she disagrees with a policy? in other words, what does she think about Obama's support of the community college system which he is touting today? good idea?if so, speak out and support it; I am sick and tried of all the talk about failed policy; given we haven't been attacked, wall street didn't go into the great depression, some folks are still getting benefits while being out of work, everything hasn't gone to hell in a hand basket; this guy hasn't even been on the job one year;

    July 14, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Claude

    She knows nothing about energy or the environment. She needs to just go away and take care of her family.

    July 14, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. who?

    as a citizen I want to be prominently displayed like Palin, she is no longer news and no longer a governor

    you continue to put this bafoon out there for having nothing other than a small fan base and a PAC

    is it because you are waiting for her on coming trainwreck?

    regardless, STOP putting her out there, she is a normal citizen and you are inviting bad comments about her and giving her more coverage than she deserves

    July 14, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Lisa B

    Why don't this woman go away? Didn't she resign? Ms Palin you don't need to be giving your opinion on anything. Lay low for the moment and handle your family finances and issue problems.

    July 14, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. Karl in SLC

    Sarah, nobody cares what you think except for a handful of backwoods regressives.

    July 14, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. jeremy

    Palin has no place to discuss what the White House is doing. She can't handle the pressure of being Governor of Alaska.
    CNN-Please stop giving this moron press....She contributes nothing to society.

    July 14, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. Mpls Mikey

    Why would anyone care what a quitter thinks about anything? If she wanted her opinion to matter, perhaps she should have stayed in office.

    July 14, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. Sean

    Doesn't this woman have a state to go run? O wait, she ran away from that job. What do we care what she thinks?

    July 14, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. Lori in St Pete

    The only economies alternative energy will affect are fossil fuels and those whose income is based stritcly on keeping with the status quo, and that's okay because they're so last millenium. It'll also affect the budgets of states that rely solely on gas & oil for industry dollars. The best time to start moving away from this filthy, environmentally damaging scorge, and into cleaner, renewable alternatives is before there's none left to fight over. Only ignorant fools would disagree. Granted, people who work in the oil and gas industry will be required to retrain for other jobs, but we've all had to do it.

    July 14, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. cel

    Sarah just needs to go away and shut up. Once she is out of politics, she no longer has a right to take shots at the current administration. Neither does Cheney or Bush, or any other outsider for that matter.

    Goodbye Sarah and good riddance.

    July 14, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. Chris

    Please stop covering this imbecile of a person. She has absolutely no political clout and is name dropping to get the press interested in her. Put Rush Limbaugh in a dress and you get this moron.

    July 14, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. Wasilla Willie

    As an Alaskan, anything that our soon to be ex-gov says is moot. Our little princess has taken her crown and left the stage. All she has to offer is rhetoric, with no subtance and no counter plan. I believe that soon people will ask her what have you done lately and the answer is I've quit.

    July 14, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Jon

    The national media? Like the one that just gave her a voice in the Washington Post?

    This woman is deranged.

    July 14, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  17. Chris - Denver

    Dumb Palin is just dumb. I will never forgive John McCain for thrusting this dumb, uninformed shill for old energy into the public spotlight.

    July 14, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. ric in NY

    Go Sarah!! The liberals are terrified of you and they should be! Obama wants to kill us with Cap and Trade that will do nothing but create crushing taxes and increase the cost of everything from a dozen eggs to a new car .Millions of us support you and your following is getting bigger by the day.

    Palin 2012!!!

    July 14, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. Charles

    Did someone write these comments for her? She needs to go out and accept live interview and states what is her policies and the difference between her policies and Obama's. Critizing is always the easiest part. Coming out a solution that majority agree upon is always the hardest work.

    July 14, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. Shirley

    It is obvious that the GOP is writing her speeches for her

    July 14, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. Parah Sailin

    Soona s this QUITTER refers to her PRESIDENT properly then maybe I will read what someone else wrote for her

    July 14, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. Lorraine Semon

    This woman was NOT elected in 2008. She has resigned as governor of her state this month, why are we listening to her and making her thoughts newsworthy. You do not see John McCain making headlines and if I am correct he is still a senator. Her 15 minutes of fame should be over.

    July 14, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. Dave

    You go girl! If the democrats and environmentalists would have let the country do what needed to be done regarding drilling and nuclear power since the 70's we would be in no trouble at all now.

    July 14, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. Emma

    Sarah, what data do you have to support your argument?

    July 14, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. EJ

    If Palin is so above the "political gossip of the day" then she should stop commenting on everything that is said about her and ignore it. She's not above it, she's part of it. And her career was built on it.

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