Sarah Palin Says It’s Time To ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’

Aerial photo of the Montara offshore oil platform and West Atlas mobile drilling rig. On August 21, 2009, a well on the platform blew out as a new well was being drilled, and both the rig and the platform were imediately evacuated. Oil and gas condensate are spewing uncontrolled into the Timor Sea off Western Australia, and will continue to do so for at least 7-8 weeks until a new rig can be brought into the vicinity to drill a relief well.  Is this what we want in the waters off the United States coasts?

Aerial photo of the Montara offshore oil platform and West Atlas mobile drilling rig. On August 21, 2009, a well on the platform blew out as a new well was being drilled, and both the rig and the platform were imediately evacuated. Oil and gas condensate are spewing uncontrolled into the Timor Sea off Western Australia, and will continue to do so for at least 7-8 weeks until a new rig can be brought into the vicinity to drill a relief well. Do we really want spills like this off the US coasts?

She’s not Alaska’s governor anymore, but GOP star Sarah Palin still has strong feelings about energy.

On Tuesday Palin said she was concerned about the news that the Middle Eastern oil-producing countries may be trying to replace the dollar when it comes to pricing petroleum.

That development has weakened the U.S dollar which, as Palin and others point out, reduces its value in paying off America’s crushing debt to other nations, especially China.

As Palin notes, the nation is heavily dependent on foreign oil. She derides President Barack Obama‘s attempt to deal with this problem by creating green jobs.

Said Palin:

That’s why we must develop our own domestic supplies of oil and gas. Though the chant of “Drill, baby, drill” was much derided, it expressed the need to confront this issue head-on before it reaches a crisis point. Bottom line: let’s stop digging ourselves into debt and start drilling for energy independence.

Ah, if only it were that simple.

Drilling for oil in the United States leads to all kinds of environmental questions, especially off the coasts.

Drilling in Alaska has its concerns, too, regarding its effects on wildlife and on the environment.

Plus, the plans to “drill, baby, drill” would take years to come to fruition. They aren’t solutions to the energy problems that face America today.

Higher gasoline taxes, energy efficiency and conservation would go a much longer way toward solving the nation’s energy woes.

But that’s not a sexy political slogan for any Republican presidential candidate.

Yael T. Abouhalkah
Kansas City Star

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