April 30th, 2010
06:46 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin weighs in on Louisiana oil spill

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/30/art.palin.flag.jpg caption="Sarah Palin took to Facebook on Friday to comment on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico."](CNN) - As thousands of barrels of oil leak into the Gulf of Mexico, and a massive oil slick approaches the Louisiana coast, Sarah Palin weighed in on the environmental nightmare.

In a Friday post on her Facebook page, the former Alaska governor expressed shock and sadness for the 11 men presumed dead from the April 20 oil rig explosion. And Palin said that her "heart breaks" for Louisiana's coastal residents who are "facing fears of the unknown impacts of the oil spill."

She also called for increased government accountability in the oil industry, saying that while accidents will always happen, companies "must be held accountable."

"It is inexcusable for any oil company to not invest in preventative measures," Palin wrote, while also mentioned her experience as an oil and gas regulator.

But Palin is standing by the rally cry she helped popularize during the 2008 presidential campaign.

"I repeat the slogan 'drill here, drill now' not out of naivet̩ or disregard for the tragic consequences of oil spills Рmy family and my state and I know firsthand those consequences," Palin wrote. "[I]ncreased domestic oil production will make us a more secure, prosperous, and peaceful nation."

Palin has long said that energy independence and security are linked, an argument she repeated Friday.

"We need oil, and if we don't drill for it here, we have to purchase it from countries that not only do not like America and can use energy purchases as a weapon against us, but also do not have the oversight that America has."

Filed under: Energy • Popular Posts • Sarah Palin
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. enough of this "woman"

    It's taken her ten days to "weigh in"?
    This "woman" doesn't have the brains to weigh in on a Monopoly game.
    Why CNN?? Why so much press for this character?? There are so many more intelligent women in politics that could really "weigh in" with much more intellectual and stimulating input.
    Palin will say anything and have others write anything to stay in the limelight. I doubt she knows what naiveté even means.
    Time to give this one a rest, CNN!

    April 30, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. Jamie Vernon

    Why doesn't she see the parallel between government oversight of the oil industry and government oversight of the financial industry? Both lead to man-caused disasters and require the government to clean-up the mess. Will the Tea Partiers agree with her desire to expand government oversight? Seems to be a conflict of interest here.

    April 30, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  3. andrewstl

    please drill into her crazy skull and see if she has a brain

    April 30, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  4. texasboy

    I wonder why she did not blame Obama for this ,spill baby spill !!!

    April 30, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  5. Zviivz

    Why is she still around? I'm sick of it. She's making money out of you and me.

    April 30, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  6. kenneth

    Wouldn't government intervention be considered socialism?

    April 30, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  7. mfpdx

    You really ARE a moron, aren't you Palin?!? So it makes YOU feel "secure" to know that NOLA will have MILLIONS of dollars of dead sea life, does it?

    That's good to know. I personally don't call that security OR independence, but stupidity.

    Go help clean up ....you drilling fanatics! Of course you won't, will you?

    Shut up.

    April 30, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. J.T.

    This dumb nitwit needs to take her "Drill baby Drill" ass down there and help clean up that oil. She don't care what happened to those 11 people that lost their life, she's the one that encouraging these drillings.

    April 30, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. Patty Patriot

    Hurray for Sarah Palin – She still tells it like it is. I agree with her that oil companies should take every security option available but I also feel there was sabotage involved in this rig exploding.

    April 30, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. nadeem

    Palin and Haiiburton – two peas in a pod. SPLILL BABY SPILL

    April 30, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  11. bennie new york

    No Sarah, you are disregarding the tragic consequences. You can't say oil companies need to be held accountable and continue to support drilling offshore. That's called being a hypocrite, something I've known you to be all along.

    April 30, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  12. g ontario

    drill baby drill palin really don,t care about a little oil spill happens all the time at your local gas station why even get her take on it the republican queen don,t care maybe she,ll get somebody to wright her another book – how to surf in oil.

    April 30, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  13. Tom C in NY

    Isn't this the same idiot who led her equally idiotic fans in chants of "drill baby drill." Sorry, you opportunistic ignoramus, but you have no credibility left; go shed your crocodile tears somewhere else.

    April 30, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  14. Jane

    The lights are on, but nobody's home.

    April 30, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  15. Kirk

    Good for her. As much as she's ridiculed she knows the right things to say.

    April 30, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  16. Gil

    As a former republican I can only wonder what any Party of No member can find of value in this absolute fool!

    April 30, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  17. Republicans is smart in the head area

    How's that Drill-y Baby Drill-y thing workin' out for ya?

    April 30, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  18. KenS

    No, Sarah, that wasn't your slogan. YOUR slogan was "Drill, baby, Drill", which translates roughly as: 'Those liberals who fear for the environmental impact of oil drilling are commies, socialists and wimps. Us 'real Americans' know that the oil companies do a good safe job of drilling, and nothing bad could ever happen to the environment as a result of drilling offshore, you betcha!'

    How's that view of the world working' out fir ya? Spill, Baby, Spill!

    April 30, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  19. jim

    " ... "[I]ncreased domestic oil production will make us a more secure ... "

    however. it's only temporary. we can NOT drill ourselves out the bind of the finite supply of oil. ever. we MUST develop other energy sources sooner or later. and, as with all progress ... sooner is better.

    April 30, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  20. rangermann262

    I am not a Palin hater.So, I will give a commonsense comment about this articule.I can't help but wonder ,just weeks after President Obama agreed to let off-shore drilling start anew,this oil rig in the Gulf explodes.Smells like sabotage to me.Listen folks.These are some crazy times we live in now.I would be the first to admit that I don't agree with everything Palin says,but,I agree she is correct about tapping into our own oil resources regardless of the oil platform disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
    I hope the people that investigate these type of disasters can take a good look at what is left of this oil platform and determine if this is a mere man- made disaster or something more sinister.

    April 30, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Can Palin see the oil leak from her house???

    April 30, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  22. twinsdad

    You can betcha she does'nt see oil rigs from her backyard!
    Tarballs and oil-stench are far from her house. She needs to shutup until she has an oil-rig in the lake next to her big oil-dollar home!

    April 30, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  23. Frances

    If this woman did not have her looks, she would not have anything. But when you know how to work it, you know how to work it. She laughing all the way to the bank.

    April 30, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  24. HK Polston

    How's that drilly spilly thing working out for ya? Ignorant twit.

    April 30, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
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