Romney’s Earth Day Guru: Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin, John McCain’s “energy expert” in 2008, now appears to be setting the agenda for Mitt Romney. On Earth Day, Palin bashed the “holiest of days for EcoLiberals,” saying in a National Review blogpost that it should be celebrated with “drill, baby, drill.” On Monday, Romney followed Sarah Palin’s lead, telling an audience at a major coal company that he too opposes environmental regulations for drilling of coal, oil, and natural gas.

Romney even adopted Palin’s language in his speech at a Consol Energy research facility:

PALIN: “It’s time for the greatest nation on earth to tap into its full potential, and one surefire way to do so is to tap into what is beneath this earth.”

ROMNEY: “The course that I will put us on is to take advantage of what comes from above the ground as well as what comes from below the ground so that America can finally become energy-secure and independent of the oil cartel.”

“Romney’s energy and environmental platform calls for stripping EPA’s power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and expanding oil-and-gas leasing to include areas that are currently off limits, including the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, among other measures,” The Hill’s Ben Geman writes.

Romney denied that global warming is caused by burning fossil fuels at a Consol Energy facility last year. Consol has given $5000 to the Romney campaign and $150,000 to the Romney SuperPAC.

13 Responses to Romney’s Earth Day Guru: Sarah Palin

  1. Toby says:

    Sarah Palin as Romeny’s Energy Secretary?

    From a Nobel Prize-winner to an airhead who does not know the difference between North and South Korea!

  2. S. D. Jeffries says:

    To be fair, rich people don’t have to worry about pollution and its attendant effects on human health – not to mention effects on the health of the planet. Rich people can always spend their time in countries that do care about such things, like most of the countries in Europe. Their children can attend school in France or Germany, thereby avoiding asthma and COPD, and drinking Perrier and other bottled water to avoid effluent and mercury poisoning. You can’t expect these people to be concerned about such things when they’re so easily avoided.

  3. I wouldn’t have expected Romney to have advocated nationalizing oil.

    Communism, pure and simple. See, he wasn’t really a conservative.

  4. Sasparilla says:

    Tying the hated Sarah Palin to Mitt would be exactly what the Obama 2012 campaign would like – but there’s no relation here. Adopted Palin’s language? Well they both talked about using fossil fuels from the ground. Of course President Obama has done that before too.

    Reminds me of the Fox News tying the Chevy Volt to the hated (by the right) President Obama in their “news”.

    Give us real news, not Obama 2012 campaign dumps.

  5. Tom King says:

    “Consol has given $5000 to the Romney campaign and $150,000 to the Romney SuperPAC.”

    Hmmm…SuperPAC, … SuperPAC, …

    I know!!!
    Why doesn’t someone come up with a SuperPACman game. It would look just like the video game of the 1980’s but it would be Romney’s profile that gobbles up the litte cherries. And instead of dots, the path with be marked by little triangular trees that get eaten on the way. Eat up all the trees and you ‘progress’ to the next level.

  6. flipped54 says:

    Has Sarah Palin forgotten the Valdez?? The Valdez spill still affects that area today. “No regulations” would be an environmental disaster!!! Has she gone completely bonkers? I am all for increased drilling for oil and natural gas but it has to be done safely…how about a non-regulated oil or natural gas rig in you backyard Sarah? You don’t mind a little oil in your drinking water do you? Then just step right up and guzzle it down…it’s sure to make you lots of money, even though poisoning your yard and family. And while your at it fill your swimming pool with oil too…great for your complexion.

  7. flipped54 says:

    I would much rather have an “Eco Liberal” watching over my drinking water than a non-regulated “drill, baby, drill” at all costs, environmental disaster waiting to happen, driven Energy Secretary. Non-regulated oil and natural gas drilling is like war. There is always inevitable, unpredictable collateral damage…and we all know what collateral damage can cost. Let’s expand all sources of energy including oil, natural gas and coal, but it MUST be done in a safe and cleanest way possible. Just as our President is currently doing….

  8. SecularAnimist says:

    Romney said: “The course that I will put us on is to take advantage of what comes from above the ground as well as what comes from below the ground so that America can finally become energy-secure and independent of the oil cartel.”

    Brad Johnson calls that “adopting Sarah Palin’s language”.

    But just one month ago, Obama said:

    “Now, under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years … I’ve directed my administration to open up millions of acres for gas and oil exploration across 23 different states. We’re opening up more than 75 percent of our potential oil resources offshore. We’ve quadrupled the number of operating rigs to a record high. We’ve added enough new oil and gas pipeline to encircle the Earth and then some … So we are drilling all over the place … And as long as I’m President, we’re going to keep on encouraging oil development and infrastructure.”

    It sounds to me like Romney is “adopting” Obama’s language, not Sarah Palin’s language.

  9. Patrick Linsley says:

    Getting advice from Sarah Palin on energy is like getting advice from Dan Quayle on spelling.

  10. M Tucker says:

    The extreme of the extreme left, Marxists, and the extreme of the extreme right, National Socialists, both advocated nationalizing industry, outlawed private ownership of guns, outlawed radios, controlled the newspapers, outlawed free speech and freedom of association, abolished privacy rights and advocated racist policies. Both are bad for a happy society. But I did not notice any mention that Romney wanted to nationalize the oil industry.

  11. Ken Barrows says:

    Please ignore that language. We have to reelect President Obama so he can finally get around to addressing climate change.

  12. Katrina says:

    It was the travesty of the Valdez Oil spill and the in-action by Exxon over 20 years and the loss of the natives’ livelihood that motivated Sarah to get involved. As Gov.she held Exxon accountable for responsible drilling and took them to court and won. There is no other country with the environmental regulations that America has. That is why it is responsible for the US to be the leading oil, gas and coal producers. The spill that happened in the gulf of Mex is happening in other countries every day.

  13. Joe Romm says:

    She’s influential among the tea party crowd that drives the conservative movement.