"Palin: Don’t ‘drill, baby, drill’ until government stops ‘oily corruption.’"
Fox News commentator Sarah Palin now believes that the Obama administration needs to crack down on “oily corruption” and hold “oil executives accountable” before the industry can be trusted to “drill, baby, drill.” This is, of course, how President Obama has responded to the BP oil disaster — by establishing new moratoria on offshore drilling, launching criminal investigations into the catastrophe, breaking up the Minerals Management Service, creating a presidential investigatory commission, and calling for comprehensive legislation to cap fossil fuel pollution. In a Facebook post, Palin promotes her record as a half-term governor of Alaska, claiming she has made government regulation of oil drilling a “constant refrain“:
Unless government appropriately regulates oil developments and holds oil executives accountable, the public will not trust them to drill, baby, drill. And we must! Or we will be even more beholden to, and controlled by, dangerous foreign regimes that supply much of our energy. This has been a constant refrain from me. As Governor of Alaska, I did everything in my power to hold oil companies accountable in order to prove to the federal government and to the nation that Alaska could be trusted to further develop energy rich land like ANWR and NPR-A. I hired conscientious Democrats and Republicans (because this sure shouldn’t be a partisan issue) to provide me with the best advice on how we could deal with what was a corrupt system of some lawmakers and administrators who were hesitant to play hardball with some in the oil field business. (Remember the Alaska lawmakers, public decision-makers, and business executives who ended up going to jail as a result of the FBI’s investigations of oily corruption.)
Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) “energy expert” failed to mention that she used Exxon-funded studies to fight protecting the polar bear from oil pollution, and claimed offshore drilling is “safe and environmentally friendly” on the campaign trail: