By Stacy Drake
They don’t get it and don’t ever expect them to express or even understand their own political positions that helped create the current crisis that is taking place in the Gulf. I’m not blaming them for the rig explosion or even the drilling taking place offshore (Lord knows their Subaru’s run off of pixie dust). However, drilling in shallow water has long been a concern of environmentalists. They even expressed “outrage” when Barack Obama recently granted a permit for oil drilling in shallow water in the Gulf of Mexico.
Kieran Suckling of the Center for Biological Diversity said, “How is it that shallow water drilling suddenly became safe again?“
You see, to the far-left of the green variety, ANY drilling offshore or onshore is bad. While having been unsuccessful in stopping drilling in our country all together, they have forced the industry into positions such as deepwater drilling, further and further offshorse. The location of the current leak in the Gulf, which is over a mile below the surface, is the primary reason those working on stopping it are having such a hard time. It’s too far and due to the pressure, unsafe for any human to travel to. Even the “containment box” British Petroleum tried to lower into the ocean, couldn’t withstand the conditions of the deep-water.
That’s why Governor Palin posted this on her Facebook page Wednesday:
Look, here’s the deal: when you lock up our land, you outsource jobs and opportunity away from America and into foreign countries that are making us beholden to them. Some of these countries don’t like America. Some of these countries don’t care for planet earth like we do – as evidenced by our stricter environmental standards.
With your nonsensical efforts to lock up safer drilling areas, all you’re doing is outsourcing energy development, which makes us more controlled by foreign countries, less safe, and less prosperous on a dirtier planet. Your hypocrisy is showing. You’re not preventing environmental hazards; you’re outsourcing them and making drilling more dangerous.
Extreme deep water drilling is not the preferred choice to meet our country’s energy needs, but your protests and lawsuits and lies about onshore and shallow water drilling have locked up safer areas. It’s catching up with you. The tragic, unprecedented deep water Gulf oil spill proves it.
Somehow, “Talking Points Memo” took the governor’s earlier tweet and deduced that she meant that she was against offshore drilling. Their snarky write-up states:
“Ah, the halcyon days of “drill, baby, drill of known reserves and promising finds in safe onshore places like ANWR.” If only Extreme Greenies understood what she really meant, we could have halted all coastal drilling and just focused on Alaskan reserves.”
She never said what they are implying but they are left-winger’s and that’s what left-winger’s do. They never miss an opportunity to twist, stretch, bend, and mangle Governor Palin’s words to fit one of their meme’s or to just outright distort her context.
They then go on to quote Governor Palin being as consistent as I’ve known her to be on this issue saying, “that while Interior Department bureaucrats continue to hold up actual offshore drilling from taking place, Russia is moving full steam ahead on Arctic drilling, and China, Russia, and Venezuela are buying leases off the coast of Cuba.” Why yes, they have.
I see that the left is using the disaster in the Gulf as a opportunity to attack us in favor of drilling. Not only are they deflecting any political pressure Obama is feeling from his inability to “plug the damn hole” or get the feds into a position of helping instead of hindering efforts, they would also like to get a shot in on us while they’re at it. As usual they over-simplify the entire issue and get stuck on scary words like “drill baby drill.” They perpetually miss the point.
We need oil. It is the bloodline of any industrialized nation. Like it or not, that is the way it is, “greenies.” The fact is that Governor Palin has been the leading voice in boosting domestic production of energy supplies with an “all of the above” approach. She has always pushed to keep petrol dollars in American hands, with American families, and not in the hands of wannabe tyrants, anti-American regimes that fund terror, and feeding certain royal family’s appetite for cocaine.
The original reason I was drawn to support Governor Palin, as far back as 2007, was her stance on oil and energy production. I see, as she does, the link between energy and economy, and energy and security. Governor Palin spoke what had been in my mind for years on these topics. She has never wavered or changed her stance. She has stood strong for responsible, domestic production that this nation so vitally needs, and thankfully the American people are smart enough to agree with her.