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:
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
- 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!“
- 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.