The Washington Post: Palin a “Definite Renegade” on Big Oil

by Whitney Pitcher

As the MSM and their readers continue to search through Governor Palin’s emails searching for non-existent bombshells, let me be one of the first to welcome the Washington Post to 2008. As Ian mentioned at C4P, the Washington Post recognized that Governor Palin’s emails showed that Governor Palin budgeted frugally and was opposed to pork barrel spending. Now, the Washington Post recognizes that Governor Palin did not have a buddy-buddy relationship with Big Oil. Both of these supposedly new revelations are not new at all to Palin supporters who have followed her political rise after Senator McCain chose her as his VP nominee or even prior to that.

The Washington Post reports:

But on one issue in particular — the party’s long-standing ties to large oil and gas companies that have helped underwrite its attempts to seize and hold power in Washington — the Palin that emerges from e-mails during her Alaska governorship is a definite renegade.

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While a book she published last year still displays her animus for “Big Oil” and proudly recounts her decision not to “pal around” with its lobbyists, these criticisms feature less frequently in her rhetoric now. And on the national political stage, she’s been supportive of the industry’s aspirations to expand deep-ocean drilling, famously telling a crowd of Florida supporters before the 2008 election, “Drill, baby, drill.”

The article later goes on to highlight several emails between Governor Palin and her staff noting her dislike for Big Oil. One email recounts how Governor Palin took joy in choosing to read to a kindergarten class rather than meet with oil company executives, and additionally shares the role of corruption in Big Oil relationship with Alaskan politicians:

The oil industry’s influence in the state was at the heart of a corruption scandal involving top legislators that emerged during her governorship, an issue on which Palin was privately briefed by the FBI. But it is clear from the e-mails that Palin’s resentments, and those of her top aides, ran deep and were not opportunistic.

It should be noted that the indictments for the corruption scandal came during her tenure, but the corruption scandal itself took place during Governor Murkowski’s term. Murkowski’s oil tax plan was a behind closed door deal that aimed to give preferential treatment to certain companies. Some Alaskan legislators took pride in their cozy relationships with oil companies, some of them forming a club known as the “Corrupt B*****s Club”.  Fighting this corruption and ensuring transparency in any oil company -government interactions was paramont in her administration. Transparency was two of her key pieces of legislation-ACES (the oil tax mechanism) and AGIA (the transcontinental natural gas pipeline), as Governor Palin noted in a March Facebook post. In fact, regarding AGIA, one of the released emails revealed how serious Governor Palin was about transparency (emphasis mine):

So that everyone is clear and we’re consistent , despite what some of the press is saying and already criticizing us for , I WILL release the number and name of applicants tonight, and will always err on the side of MORE transparency, not less, when dealing with applicants and proposals and the public ‘ s expectations that they’ll be privy to all AGIA info (unlike murkowski ‘ s tactic).

One thing that the Washington Post fails to reconcile is Governor Palin’s pro-development, yet anti-Big Oil stance. Governor Palin has always advocated for increased development. As Governor, she did so in part because she is a strong constitutionalist, and the state constitution called for Alaska’s natural resources be developed for the “maximum benefit of the people”, who are the resource owners. Both as a state and national voice, Governor Palin has advocated for increased development to help ensure energy independence for Americans, which would help make America more physically, economically, and monetarily secure. She does not stand for crony capitalism, however, and her support for drilling remains for the interest of all Americans, not for government selected oil companies.

These emails only further confirm Governor Palin’s consistent stance on the issues. Whether it’s budgeting, earmarks, or crony capitalism. It’s nice to see that the Washington Post is beginning to catch up to 2008.

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5 responses to “The Washington Post: Palin a “Definite Renegade” on Big Oil

  1. Janice Redinger

    Big oil and big money need to PAY their taxes and drown their lobbyists. This country is going to see the biggest landslide anti-republican vote in American history. You cannot keep up this tyranny without the citizens rising up and taking you out.

    • Gary P

      Wow, just wow.

      The only tyranny in the country comes from democrats who want to control every facet of every human being’s life.

      Ask the nice nurse to up your Thorazine dosage.

      • Janice Redinger

        So, you are all up in supporting the obscene tax breaks for millionaires, billionaires and big business? I do not want to control every facet of every human being’s life. I want to free it from big money and big religion.

      • Gary P

        Janice, you do realize who owns “big oil” don’t you, or are to the typical stupid democrat that laps up all the Marxist bullshit the democrat party slings?

        “Big Oil” companies are publicly owned. That means is YOU have a 401K or mutual funds YOU probably are won of those evil people who make money off of Big Oil.

        I have a suggestion for you. Pack your crap and move to Cuba, or Venezuela, or Better yet, Iran. Those are all Marxist states that hate capitalism. You’d do fine.

        BTW, if it weren’t for those evil millionaires and billionaires, you wouldn’t be able to spew your nonsense on the internet, because there wouldn’t BE an internet. Also, can you tell us how you even have a computer? Did you buy it, or are you using your mom’s in the basement? Either way, it was capitalism that allowed you to have one.

        Now go peddle crazy somewhere else.

    • whitneyz

      Umm, Janice, if you read my post, you would see that Governor Palin fought against “Big Oil” and crony capitalism. She held them accountable. She wanted transparency in negotiations regarding oil tax laws, unlike her predecessor who gave favors to certain companies. If you’re going to make the argument that your making, please take it to a site that supports Governor Murkowski.

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