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. the southern progressive

    if its not someone talking about her.. its her talking...................talk about sustainable wind power..hehe ;).. couldnt resist.

    if we drain the planet of all its natural resources, i wonder if our planet will collapse in on itself... just wonderin'

    July 14, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. Jason

    While I am not a fan of Palin, I do agree that Obama's cap and trade energy plan is a huge mistake . . . just another plan that will cause higher taxes on middle and lower class families among other things.

    July 14, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. Mel

    can some one please shut her up already.

    July 14, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. tina

    Can she PLEASE get some help with her grammar? Clobber....who uses that word.................she is a JOKE.............

    July 14, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. MoBear

    Sarah, Sarah, Sarah....For God's sake and the future of this country – PLEASE GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Your 15 minutes of fame are long over and you've proven time and time again that you aren't skilled to mingle with the mighty politicos. Go home, write your book, star in your own Springer-like reality show, make your money and leave the country's policy making decisions to the big boys who have been doing this since you were in diapers.

    July 14, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. Sailman

    The woman is an idiot. There's no way she wrote this – her crayons aren't sharp enough.

    July 14, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Nathan,

    When does Palin's reality show start. Only in America can someone of very limited skills and intellect have other Americans thinking that she actually has something to say. The woman is a sportscaster for heavens sake and people care that she has an opinion on policy that affects all of us. Give me a break.

    July 14, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. T KS

    Could we please go one day without having to hear more drivel from this crank pot. I'm really tired of the circus she claims to be a victim of yet perpetuates.

    July 14, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Sandra Day

    Hee-haw. She is not going away. I really do not think anyone has been any crueler to Sarah P. than other politicians. I think it only appears that way because this is the first time a true conservative has been attacked in the same manner that neocons have typically gone after perceived liberals, such as Hillary C., John Kerry in 2004, and even McCain in 2000. However, having said that, I do think it is time to put on the brakes because: 1) Sarah Palin is so over-reacting to everything that she is doing a fine enough job of making herself look ridiculous. 2) I do not think liberals should go around using neocon’s tactics. Yes, I’d like to think that now that the conservatives have gotten a taste of their own medicine they would learn, but I think it will probably only make them angrier.

    July 14, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  10. Deb

    Please "Soon To Be Ex-Governor Palin" go away!

    July 14, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. Ed, Colorado

    All this from a woman who doesn't believe in climate change. Please crawl back in your hole.

    July 14, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  12. OldSchoolVet

    I can assure you, now that Ms. Palin has no public office she will lob attacks on policies. However, she will not, because she cannot address any of these subjects with substance. Therefore, you will not see here on any news shows being interviewed by anyone on the these topics. Her lack of knowledge would become immediately noticeable.

    July 14, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. Jim in San Jose 2

    A "serious threat to our economy"? Are you kidding me? Because he wants to find alternatives to Oil? Of course, we have to consider the source... The would-be VP who can't handle criticism and thus is quitting the Governorship she has been abusing since she was sworn in...

    Sarah, If you want to make logical, well thought out arguments, go for it. But if you want to make stupid, insipid remarks in order to paint the administration as incompetent, go date Jon Voight. The two of you were made for one another.

    July 14, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. teena

    I am suprised this woman can sting 700 words together in any form of coherent thought!

    July 14, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. gl, From Pittsburgh

    This woman is a nut case. Her opinion really doesn' t matter any more. She is also one of the biggest liar becasue we all know she did not write the article becasue it was too well writen. I just finished reading it in the Washingon Post. It was a well writen Republican talking point. I guest I like I seen earlier that she will become the Repubicans Full-Time Attack dog againt any thing President Obama do as if we needing any more Attack dog coming for the Party of No and No plan to get us out of this mess. JUST THE SAME OLD TALKING POINTS.

    July 14, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. Carlos

    Go Sarah!

    Palin is easily smarter than Obama. Obama is still "learning" how to be President. Unfortunately, the Presidency is not the place for on-the-job training.

    Heaven help the United States during the reign of this current Idiot-in-Chief!!

    July 14, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. Randolph Carter

    Why report on her? Who cares what she thinks? She's an ex-governor. Oh, yeah, I forgot, her state has oodles of oil. Carry on. Have a nice day!

    July 14, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. Anne E.

    700-words? I can't stop laughing.

    July 14, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. Chas in Iowa

    The only groups opposing cap and trade are the major corporations and those politicians in the pocket of the lobbyist for the big corporations that won't be able to pollute at will any longer.
    The scare tactics by the GOP are greatly exagerated and unsubstanciated.
    The claim that curbing green house gases will cut into the mega profits of the same big corporations is more than likely true.
    The question to the American public is, Are you willing to let these mega corporations continue to pollute our enviroment in the name of their corporate profits?

    July 14, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. Erick

    Palin Should go away. She is most worst person who as a big mouth and make a jump conculsion. She should not be in 2012. Period. President Obama is doing great. He is honest with us what is going on. I like his way. That is all matter.

    July 14, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. Shawn

    Palin as usual has no clue as to what she is talking about. If you make something more expensive you don't make it more "scarce" you make it less scarce. She should take a basic economics course. Second if we do nothing to address the environment we are going to see cataclysmic rises in sea level, massive changes in storm activity, and the end to arctic ice that will destroy not just thousands of species but the way of life of arctic people. Add to that the loss of coastlines everywhere and its not going to be very fun at all. Then again I'll have cheap gas while I'm living underwater. Sounds great!

    July 14, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

    she needs to sign each letter she writes as

    Sarah the Quitter Palin

    July 14, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. CJ

    Certainly this" brilliant "and "highly educated" lady from Alaska is just the one to be telling Obama and his capable team how and what needs to be done to get the economy going again ....NOT!!!!!
    Can we not go a single day without a story about Palin!!!!! Please CNN , please news media .....let this lady stay in Alaska !
    And this is the last time I will comment on anything Palin , so maybe others will join in and ignore this publicity hound !

    July 14, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Palin is in Exxon-Mobil's back pocket. I don't trust her as far as I can throw her. She needs to cease and dissist.

    July 14, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. ttbala


    What do you know about economy or about anything else, you did not know what Doctorine meant when you were asked about it, now you think by openning your mouth you are going to get somewher, go away and let people with smarts do their work, nobody wants to hear your stupid remarks.

    July 14, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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