June 2nd, 2010
09:52 AM ET
12 years ago

Palin targets 'extreme greenies' opposed to drilling

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/02/art.palin.twitter.jpg caption="Palin is targeting opponents of ANWR drilling on Twitter."](CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is using the Gulf Coast oil spill to promote the issue of drilling in the Arctic Wildlife National Refuge – the 20-million protected acres where untapped oil and gas reserves have long served as a lightning rod of controversy.

"Extreme Greenies: see now why we push 'drill,baby,drill' of known reserves & promising finds in safe onshore places like ANWR? Now do you get it?" the former Republican vice presidential nominee wrote Tuesday evening on her Twitter account.

That comment followed a similarly-themed tweet last week after President Obama announced a moratorium on deep offshore drilling for six months, while an independent commission reviews the explosion of the BP rig that caused the ongoing leak.

"Deep offshore moratorium? Then correspondingly allow more onshore drilling, incl ANWR reserves. Domestic oil's still required in US industry," she tweeted Thursday.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Palin was a strong advocate of drilling both offshore and in ANWR, a position that was repeatedly expressed her now-famous phrase "Drill Baby Drill."

In her Oct. 2008 vice presidential debate with Joe Biden, Palin specifically took aim at him for opposing offshore drilling efforts.

"You even called drilling – safe, environmentally-friendly drilling offshore – as raping the outer continental shelf," Palin said at the debate. "There – with new technology, with tiny footprints even on land, it is safe to drill and we need to do more of that."

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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Jeremy

    Thanks to this kind of thinking, we won't be going to the gulf for vacation like we do annually. How about finding ways to lessen our dependency on oil?

    June 2, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. geecee

    To quote Keith Olberman: "That woman is an idiot". Nuff said. I just couldn't add more to that!!

    June 2, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. Larry from Texas

    Funny we'd solicit a technical viewpoint from a twit too dumb to know Africa isn't a country. I'm beginning to question my own mentality for wasting time reading her mindless rants!

    June 2, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. Marry

    Thank God this woman is not in a decision making position! She should first spend a few months on the Louisiana shores cleaning before even opening her moth again. Her comments are again in very bad taste (vile as always!) as people died, thousands of people are fighting for their livelihoods and an environmental disaster of catastrophic dimensions unfolds. Please, CNN, do not give those people that have nothing constructive to say a platform! Or are you foxy again?

    June 2, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. SometimesElla

    Is she really that dense? I can't believe a person could be,

    June 2, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Brandon

    My response doesn't have anything to do with the oil drilling, I just wanted to state that I hope she runs for President in 2012 so we can vote her down bigtime. Dumbest politician I've ever seen in my life.

    June 2, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. kidgie

    Wow! No shame. How about the spill baby spill.

    June 2, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. AG

    Wow wow wow. I'm just really in shock to be honest, how can the oil spill be an argument to drill in ANWR???? And people agree with her on this??? Come on!

    June 2, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. Jacob

    This woman is just too dense to matter. Why does American listen to someone so colossally asinine? Do my fellow countrymen and women just disdain the intellect that much? Were the snobs in school that cruel to you?

    June 2, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. gino

    xtreme twit strikes again.

    June 2, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Pedro

    i think this assclown's 15 minutes are up. ignore her and she'll go away.

    June 2, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. John

    She is a lobbyist for the Alaskan Oil companies. Her comments that cover "everything" are devoid of the intelligent gene. A pox on you McCain for bringing such a social climbing opportunist into the main stream.

    June 2, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. Leigh

    Poor Caribou Barbie. She always forgets what she lies about. Now that the Gulf of Mexico is the Dead Sea, she wants to turn the Alaskan landscape into the Dead Zone, all while conveniently forgetting that she also supported offshore drilling wholeheartedly.

    Drill, baby, drill!!! The first gluttonous, corporate pig to despoil the entire earth wins. The rest of life on earth dies.

    June 2, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. bco

    George Orwell was a fun read- back when it was only a book.

    Palin uses the worst man-made environmental catastrophe in history as logic for drilling in another environmentally-sensitive area. She brands a common-sense consensus that drilling in such areas is neither environmentally safe or economically worthwhile as an "xtreme" view.

    What is next from this woman, "war is peace?" Or are we already there, when those who campaign for the exploitation and destruction of our country and our planet call themselves "conservatives."

    June 2, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. Joe

    Cognitive dissonance is a wonderful thing.

    June 2, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. Kate

    Her ignorance is absolutely mortifying. Truly.

    June 2, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. Mario Tse

    Oh puleeeez can we just ignore this woman.

    June 2, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. Harry

    We are just facing the worst oil spill in US history and you are pushing for more drilling. God Save America !! with politicians like you

    June 2, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. Matt Handley

    This Women is an idiot. Why does she get any airtime.

    June 2, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  20. Dina

    And just another reason no one in their right mind would ever consider this woman for any office in any capacity that would influence our Government. I think her comments are absolutely stupid and shortsighted and certainly with no degree of knowledge.
    Extreme greenie beats the heck out of extremely stupid – which she is!

    June 2, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  21. Dennis St. Germain

    Why wont she just go away!

    June 2, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  22. RAG

    Oh yes we get it. Your controllers have reprogrammed you well, and I am sure your check is in the mail, Sarah. Meanwhile, the Maleborge on the 8th Circle are preparing your leaden burden. Have a nice eternity.

    June 2, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. Joe

    One thing I notice about Sarah Palin as opposed to other politicians is that she never has viable solutions to any problem..All she ever does is bad mouth people..I would have more respect for her if she, would in turn come up with smart alternative solutions. I initially had respect for her (the whole Hockey mom thing), but after that wore off and I heard her speak, the idea of her in the white house scared me..Then watching her quit being mayor told me more about her than any rhetoric she spews..She comes across as a hateful person..And it's such a shame.it wold have been nice to see a woman in the Whitehouse.

    June 2, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  24. MikeG

    How long do I have to pray for a Palin heart-attack because God answers my prayers?

    June 2, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. Joe

    I usually just ignore Palin, but this is so beyond what is tolerable! The only thing the disaster in the gulf shows is that the oil industry can't self regulate and the 20 or so years of deregulation needs to be reversed and more stringent safety measures, similar to Canada or Brazil's, put in place. Also on shore drilling maybe safer/easier than off shore, but drilling in the arctic circle is an entirely different beast. The weather is so extreme, the distances so vast, and the terrain so unstable due to the permafrost it is far more expensive per unit to extract and transport the oil. The only reason there is any oil extraction up there now is due to the pipeline which was build largely with federal dollars and is in desperate need of a retro fit. Palin is in the oil companies pockets and wants more pork dollars to head up to one of the porkiest states.

    June 2, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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