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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  1. Rick

    This woman has NO CLUE!!!!!! When God was passing out brains she thought he said trains and said give me a slow one.

    June 2, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Jane Krummel

    How can you defend deep sea drilling when it's so painfully obvious that these companies can't handle accidents. I bet you would be twitting a different tune if that disaster happened off the Alaska coastline. Hypocrite!!!!!

    June 2, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. katiec

    "It is safe to drill and we need to do more"! Why does anyone believe or give notice to what this woman spouts? Since the last diaster there has been no research on backup plans, safety precautions. All money has been spent on how to drill deeper.
    With her total disregard for the environment, wild life, this woman only supports the oil companies and their profits. Typical republican.
    Still am amazed, CNN, that you constantly go to this irresponsible womans facebook to headline her. No wonder your ratings continue to drop with your quest to become another Fox.

    June 2, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. les3547

    Assuming we really need offshore oil, why Sarah doesn't your call for drilling come with the stipulation that FIRST we develop the technology to quickly repair an underwater leak? The risk of ruining an environment is now proven beyond all doubt, and it is clear we don't know how to stop such underwater leaks. Yet here you are ignoring any fact that gets in the way of what you want, and blatantly advocating to others we do the same. Face it Sarah, you are not intelligent enough to be a national leader, so why not humble yourself a bit and restrict your opinions to less demanding tasks?

    June 2, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. Jeff in Virginia

    So this is the new talking point of the frothing wing-nuts. It's been congealing for a few days, but now it's hit the mainstream.

    "It's all the greenie's faults!!!!!1!!!"

    Good luck with that.

    June 2, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. susanj

    She is a complete and total moron.

    June 2, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Hwy91

    Tweeting is the perfect medium for the rare Palin Birdbrain, of the genus Politicus Disgustingus. The only known method of eradicating the spread of this bird's annoying tweets is to ignore them.

    June 2, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. W

    Classic Sarah Palin. Not only does she conveniently ignore the fact that she was the strongest proponent for off-shore drilling in the 2008 campaign, she has the gall to use this environmental disaster as an "I told you so" moment and to advocate for further drilling in ecologically sensitive environments. Stay classy, Sarah...

    June 2, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. ceci

    Wait a minute please-isnt the pipeline in Alaska leaking oil in certain areas of the tundra; Please shut up....you are a mean spirited person & what you are doing serves no purpose but your own. Shame on you! Unless you have a solution to better the situation in the gulf & have plans to help those there other than drilling on land; please give it up!

    June 2, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. Barb Davis

    She is a waste of air that we breathe!

    June 2, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Obama the liar

    make those loonies life miserable Sarah, keep up the good work.

    June 2, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. Dee

    She is as dumb as she looks.

    June 2, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Stacey

    Sarah – please explain how oil drilled domestically that gets sold overseas to the ubiquitous 'market' makes us more domestically safe?

    June 2, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Pat

    Since Sarah doesn't do anything without being paid, let's examine what oil company holdings she may have or the fees she may be receiving from an oil company. Where did Todd work? What dept. was she in charge of in Alaska before she became governor?

    June 2, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. teena

    so now Palin wants to srill onshore rather than offshore–no talk of finding alternative energy solutions- just more of the sme "Drill, baby, drill"
    regardless of the cost to the environment!

    June 2, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Tulsa

    yeah, right. Why waste time and money developing new energy systems and strategies? Why worry about the environment when we have all that gooey black stuff? Oh, don't worry that we sit on a VERY SMALL percentage of total world-wide oil reserves and once that's gone then we have to buy ALL our oil from overseas.

    It's perfectly safe. No spills here and besides, we can all share the profits from the big oil companies! (but only if you live in that Socialist State, Alaska where the private business is forced to give compensation to EVERY ALASKAN. Now THAT'S Socialism.)

    June 2, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Chris - Denver

    Will somebody please tell her to be quiet?

    June 2, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. nansweetnan

    Go away! Stop talking about things you know zero about! Make more babies, eat more moose, just go away. You pander to the scruge & hate of American society, no lifted ideals in fact no ideals at all–just a bunch of senseless chatter–go away!

    June 2, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. john wise

    She is a nut......How can you take anything she says seriously?

    June 2, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Deirdre Wexler

    When is the United States, with all of our brilliant science and technology, going to help the world move forward, away from oil for an alternative source of energy that will not screw up our planet? Why are we so willing to be held hostage by oil rich countries other than our own? What kind of legacy are we leaving our children and their children when we turn our backs on alternative energy for the sake of a non-renewable resource that will eventually be no more? Scientist estimate that we have about 50 years worth of oil left – what then? Perhaps we won't have to worry – we will drill all of the oil out of the earth, tip the environmental scales by over drilling and the planet will just implode on it's own.

    June 2, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. badcyclist

    Thank you for adding her 2008 comments about offshore drilling, which she has conveniently forgotten about.

    SP is a bought and paid for oil shill. I was going to use another noun, but "shill" will do for general audiences.

    She is also shameless, she advocates shooting wolves from helicopters, and she makes Yogi Berra look like Albert Einstein. What's not to love about BP– err– SP?

    Run, Baby, Run!

    June 2, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. John

    She can't have it both ways – and this disaster certain suggests that we need to invest more in clean technology than more places to drill and destroy the environment. Thank god she's not in office.

    June 2, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. so-ill

    find the nearest insane asylum please.

    June 2, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. Rick

    I still fail to see how anything this ignorant twit says could ever make it into the news. CNN and others just media whoring on Palin.

    June 2, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Randy

    Even with a disaster these idiots can't figure it out. Why can't she and the people like her push for green energy? Because they won't get funding rom the big oil money if they do. Although I'm sure the GOP is standing behind her pulling her strings and making her dance, she should care more about her enviroment. There is plenty of oil to hold us untill we wean ourselves off. The one thing that will prevent it...politicians on the take from the oil companies.

    June 2, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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