Shill, baby, shill: Sarah Palin to “Extreme Enviros: Drill, Baby, Drill in ANWR “ Now Do You Get It?”

BP’s destruction of Gulf Coast “proves” to her we must let Big Oil exploit the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, too!

Blame-the-victim conservatives are on the warpath again.  First, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer blamed the extreme deep-water drilling that led to the BP oil disaster in part on those who care about the environment, “Environmental chic has driven us out there.”

Actually, it is “drill, baby, drill” demagoguing by anti-environment, right wingers like him that has driven us to drill out there.

Now Sarah “I just can quit you, Alaska” Palin, has ratcheted up this Orwellian logic on her Facebook page:

Extreme Enviros: Drill, Baby, Drill in ANWR – Now Do You Get It?

This is a message to extreme “environmentalists” who hypocritically protest domestic energy production offshore and onshore. There is nothing “clean and green” about your efforts. 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.

What is so laughable about this ‘argument’ is that

  1. Palin consistently opposes all environmental standards.  She not only doesn’t care for planet Earth, she doesn’t even care for her home state of Alaska, which is already been devastated by the impact of human-caused global warming, which he opposes taking action on (see “The Washington Post goes tabloid, publishes second falsehood-filled op-ed by Sarah Palin in five months “” on climate science and the hacked emails!
  2. This country has a weaker oversight standards for offshore drilling than many other countries.  Norway and Brazil, for instance, both require a backup acoustic shutoff system for the blowout preventer.  No surprise that most blowouts in the past decade occurred in the Gulf of Mexico

Palin has more to say to all you extreme enviros out there:

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.

Yes, the recklessness of one of the world’s biggest oil company — one that played a key role in the failed effort to protect her state after the Exxon Valdez disaster — proves that we should let them all into a pristine national refuge.

What makes this argument so disingenuous is that you never once heard from Palin that we should not drill in the Gulf or that we should tighten environmental or safety standards.  Quite the reverse.

Of course, Palin is so practiced at repeating falsehoods “” even in her supposed area of expertise (energy) “” that during the 2008 presidential campaign, the Washington Post itself gave her its highest (which is to say lowest) rating of “Four Pinocchios” for continuing to “to peddle bogus [energy] statistics three days after the original error was pointed out by independent fact-checkers.”

What do they say about addicts?  No matter what terrible thing happens as a consequence of their addiction, they still demand another fix.

We need an intervention.  I think is called the American Power Act.

15 Responses to Shill, baby, shill: Sarah Palin to “Extreme Enviros: Drill, Baby, Drill in ANWR “ Now Do You Get It?”

  1. Lauren says:

    New polls suggest that Obama and Dems will suffer politically because of this oil spill.

    It appears the drill baby drill crowd will benefit in the 2010 elections.

    This means either Obama and the Dems are politically inept or I am now residing in a bizzaro world where nothing makes sense anymore. Even worse, maybe both are true.

    I am very pessimistic about the prospects that Americans will learn from this disaster.

  2. Mark Shapiro says:

    Clean energy now!

  3. Carl D says:

    <em" …. foreign countries that are making us beholden to them. Some of these countries don’t like America"

    Hey Joe

    I wonder if she includes Saudi Arabia here? Working for FOX news, who are, of course, partly owned by a Saudi, one would think she would have some kind of conflict here.



  4. JasonW says:

    Carl D, I doubt Palin has the faculties to make that connection. I imagine she’s referring to that dreaded Axis Of Evil® member… IRAN. *cue dramatic music* Dun-dun-duuuuuun!

  5. llewelly says:

    Sarah Palin to “Extreme Enviros: Drill, Baby, Drill in ANWR – Now Do You Get It?”

    Don’t knock it, Joe. It’s worked great for the Russians. They do tons of oil drilling spilling in Siberia. Probably she saw that from that island in Alaska she has mentioned.

  6. lizardo says:

    This is a GOP talking point for sure, and thus of course makes no sense. The shallow offshore oil in the Gulf is all tapped out.

    But the really stunning thing that Palin is saying is that all deepwater drilling is fundamentally this risky. Quite a statement.

  7. Andy says:

    There is no relationship between access to onshore oil deposits and offshore production. Oil companies will access all available deposits.

    Krauthammer assumes, laughably, that the oil companies would be “too busy” with Alaska’s on shore oil to drill offshore? Then why are they messing with oil production in war-prone lands like Nigeria or Iraq? Why are they cooking the tar out of Canada?

    Are people dumb enough to swallow this?

  8. Karen S. says:

    Palin is becoming a victim of her own intelligence. Most Alaskans find her embarrassing and irrelevant. The GOP finds her, but hopes to lose her in the near future.

  9. Lewis Cleverdon says:

    I’m beginning to look forward to the debates among candidates for the GOP presidential nominations – who’ll shred her incoherence if she gets that far –

    but then maybe she’s been advised that she hasn’t a chance and will make most money staying as an eminence-greas on the talk-show/teabag circuit ?



  10. Grace Rabalais says:

    Watch any opposing opinion that’s left on her facebook page disappear very quickly. I’m now blocked and cannot even comment on her page because I posted a comment disagreeing with her.

  11. Leland Palmer says:

    There is a video of Palin talking in her church, about how she was doing very godly work in bringing a natural gas pipeline to Alaska, as if pipelines were proof of the will of God.

    The fossil fuel corporations have immense influence in Alaska. It’s been said that Alaskan state government is a wholly owned subsidiary of the fossil fuel corporations, with probably only a small degree of exaggeration.

    In his online book The Authoritarians, Bob Altemeyer, a Canadian psychologist, details his research on authoritarian followers. Authoritarian followers, he writes, trust their leaders too much, question them too little, and in effect give up their minds to an authoritarian leader, in return for safety, reassurance, and a perception of moral superiority.

    So the pronouncements of the right wing propaganda machine don’t have to make much sense. Their target audience has been conditioned to look at all problems as moral ones, and to follow the strong, authoritarian leaders of the right. Palin is preaching to the choir, on this one.

    These arguments are carefully constructed, and sent out from Republican headquarters in faxes and e-mails as “talking points” to numerous paid talking heads, on a frequent basis. By the time an authoritarian follower of the right hears the same thing from a couple of trusted, seemingly independent sources, he is already very, very close to believing it. And Palin’s argument, shifting the blame for the spill to environmentalists, will only serve to further demonize environmentalists in the minds of many Dittoheads.

    So, she is making her argument to a heavily propagandized right wing audience, and it doesn’t have to be a very good argument- it simply has to be a moral argument, and it has to demonize foes that the right wing noise machine has previously identified as villains.

  12. Lewis W. says:

    Andy says:
    June 2, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    There is no relationship between access to onshore oil deposits and offshore production. Oil companies will access all available deposits.

    That hits the nail on the head. There is no reason to think that if ANWR were opened to drilling that offshore drilling would suddenly stop. There is no reason to think that once something like the ANWR field is depleted Big Oil would not return to seeking the offshore deep water fields.

  13. Jim Groom says:

    Palin. That woman is an idiot…period! Why does the media fall all over itself covering this woman? I don’ get it. She has nothing to offer, at least nothing constructive. Her 15 mins were up back 2008 and it way past time for all of us to move on from her insanity.

  14. Dean says:

    She’s officially lost her mind…

  15. Wit's End says:

    Join the facebook page, 1,000,000 People who Want to Plug the BP Oil Spill with Sarah Palin!!

    Over 60K already!