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

Palin takes aim at Obama over energy

Palin takes aim at Obama's energy legislation.

Palin takes aim at Obama's energy legislation.

(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. Jeff

    What an ignorant and insulting comment, I guess designed to appeal only to the Republican base of uneducated morons. First of all, there is no such thing as "God" and such nonsense has no place in a discussion about energy. Second, we do not have a responsibility to "tap resources." Just the opposite, we have a responsibility to preserve and protect our precious resources and to find alternatives to pillaging the planet. Thank God this nightmarish hick is leaving public office and hopefully she is going to be out of our lives for good.

    July 14, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. Cmmntr

    Maybe she'll get a legal job as a lobbyist for big oil instead of getting paid under the table.

    July 14, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Craig

    Who actually wrote her column? She's not smart enough to string two sentences together.

    July 14, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. James

    Let's just get this out of the way.....Nobody cares what this airhead has to say or what she thinks. Enjoy your retirement in peace.

    July 14, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. Anny

    If Palin couldn't handle the pressure of her job as Govener in Alaska because of all the other distractions in her life...... then what makes her think she is even capable of telling the President what to do, and how to do it.......she needs stick to something she knows and that being getting pregnant again and staying in the kitchen cooking Moose Stew......

    July 14, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. ObamaintheWhiteHousePart2

    Please go do "home" work.

    July 14, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. THE CEO

    This woman needs professional help.

    July 14, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. yuri

    Bless her heart. Ms. Palin, you are a nice person with a beautiful family, but your political viewpoints are deplorably disastrous. We are tempted to think that you just seem to have a smattering sense in all and sundry.

    Your progressively pugnacious push against your opponents with regard to a panoply of issues, make us gag and we do not want you to be one among the pantheon of poor performers, such as the
    ultra-consrvative right-wingers.

    July 14, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Susan

    700 words commentary !!
    who wrote it?

    July 14, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Peace

    Who are you Sarah? You lost the election and soon you will be known as x- governor. Dont you understand that people do not listen to anyone who has no title or position!

    July 14, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. Logical

    Palin please!!! For the love of your Gold if you really love this country like you claim you do, then you would go shoot yourself in the head. But don't worry though; since you have nothing in your head anyways, shooting yourself in the head wouldn't really hurt you much. It might actually make you smarter

    July 14, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. Louie

    This woman has no credibility at all. She is strictly party line all the way.

    July 14, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. EB hartmann

    Best thing gov. Palin can do is to get her own political talk show at the same time as the Oprah show. That forum will send a clear message to some people that they are not the center of the universe and another America, the original America is still very much alive and kicking.

    That platform will earn Mrs. Palin a hefty sum of money and to become quite powerful. Real power in this country is not held by politicians, they are simply puppets and Sarah Palin is not a puppet.

    July 14, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. CR

    Who cares what "The Quitter" has to say about economics and energy policy? She has no credentials or credibility in either area. Empty talking points from an attention starved pretender.

    July 14, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. mattabi

    I can't shake the feeling that Palin is a female George Bush. Just listen to her ramble.

    July 14, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. Jackie Boyd

    I believe Sarah Palin is a very smart woman, I also believe she has a goal and that we need more leaders willing to speek up and do what is really best for our country , this is what she does. The dem. have been trying to destroy her because they are afraid of her, she is a leader that scares them.

    July 14, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Dennis

    Ms. Palin,

    You've failed your party by detracting from their message (albeit a very confused, idiotic message) and helped only to lose the November election (Thank God for that!). You've failed your state because you committed to serving a full term when elected and now are quitting for the sole reason of furthering your political ambitions. Your foreign policy views are for the most part nonexistent. Those you have expressed are simply retarded. Your position on most every domestic issue you've spoken out on have only served to demonstrate that you are either grossly misinformed or you are just acting as the mouthpiece of whatever portion of the Republican Party accepts your kind of garbage.

    Your 15 minutes of fame expired long ago. You'd serve this country far better if you had a recurring role on "Deadliest Catch" instead of the nightly news and this country would be so much better for it.

    If you do get that role, please find a place for Rush Limbaugh on your boat. He needs a new job too...

    July 14, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. Brian in NC

    Will someone PLEASE shut this woman up. She established herself as a national embarrassment last year. She does not have the intelligence to know the runnings of the various branches of government, she doesn't have the intelligence to realize that her own state would never have voted for her if they know she would jump ship on them and she doesn't have the intelligence to know when to keep her mouth shut. Why there continues to be coverage of her, I have no idea. Even her own party wishes she would keep her mouth closed. If the republican party were ever to embrace her as a possible future candidate, it would without a doubt, be most damaging mistake they could ever make to the future of their party. Please, Please, Please CNN, STOP covering this insignificant person and move on to printing some real news!

    July 14, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. Kelly

    Palin's approach to energy is myopic and the furthest from forward thinking. Oil is a finite resource, and it is imperative that America and other nations start to plan for the post-oil world.

    Drill, baby, drill was a cute little campaign battle cry, but will do absolutely nothing for us when the wells dry up.

    Palin needs to stop acting like a petulant politician on the campaign trail. Wait, that's all she is now. Leaders think toward the future.

    July 14, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. pat mitchell

    WHo cares what this woman thinks. IF she was so concerned about Obsama's energy proposal then she would have stayed in laska as governor to assist her state. I am so sick of this wannabe polotico that doesn't seem to have a clue as to how ridiculous she really appears to me and others as well. Sarah, your 15 minutes is way way past

    July 14, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. M Metz

    She didnt' win the vice-presidency. She's resigned her position as govener. As best I can tell she holds not standing other than private citizen with an opinion. Can we please stop getting so much coverage from her aleady? If she really believes any of this she should stay on an work the issues. Otherwise she's just another heckler in the crowd.

    July 14, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. Mary Gualco

    Palin is so right. China and Japan are not going to follow the Cap and Trade bill so the US will be penalized and our businesses will suffer. All Cap and Trade will do is increase what the consumer pays and we are already hurting tremendously. Obama says this will create jobs. Who is he kidding? Just like his health program. Isn't it funny that the Congress and Senate will not have to sign up for Obama's plan for five years. Where is that fair. Plus I am sure if a person is wealthy, they will not have to wait in line or go months waiting for a procedure or be told that you cannot have the procedure at all. We are headed toward England and Canada. I guess the people in the US have to suffer before they appreciate what they have. Once the program is in place, we will be stuck with it forever.

    July 14, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. Chris

    And we are supposed to believe that she developed this position and statement on her own? This level of comprehension escapes her. But I guess being able to read a script does not.

    July 14, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. Ron Howerton

    Who really cares what this has-been wannabe thinks any more?

    July 14, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. Mark Zalewski

    What Sarah Palin fails to understand is that without some type of legislation to force the oil companies to seek new forms of renewable energy they'll just sit back on their fatcat butts and "drill baby, drill" til there ain't nothing left.
    When fossil fuel prices reach a certain point it will become economically feasible to build up the solar, wind and other energy technologies to finally get us off oil. President Obama is hastening that eventuality, I thnk it's the right way to go, oil and gas WILL run out someday, what do we do then Sarah?

    July 14, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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