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Palin Argues for More Drilling in Energy Policy Speech


Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks a Xunlight Corporation in Toledo, Ohio, on Oct. 29, 2008. (Madalyn Ruggiero/Associated Press)

Updated 11:41 a.m.
By Juliet Eilperin
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Lower oil prices shouldn't curb America's drive to drill domestically, GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin argued in a speech this morning.

The Alaska governor -- who spoke at a solar panel company, Xunlight Corp. -- said America needs to boost its domestic energy production even though oil and gas is cheaper now than it was a few months ago. While she was speaking at a renewable energy facility, Palin devoted most of her remarks to touting traditional forms of energy exploration such as drilling and mining.

"All who work in pursuit of new and clean energy sources understand that America's energy problems do not go away when oil and gasoline prices fall, as they have in recent weeks. Oil today is running about sixty-four dollars a barrel -- less than half of what it was just a couple of months ago. And though this sudden drop in prices sure makes a difference for families across America, the dangers of our dependence on foreign oil are just as they were before. It is just as great a threat."

Oil prices are dropping because of the current economic slowdown, Palin said, and a future uptick could lead to the same energy crunch the world has experienced in recent years.

"When our economy recovers, and growth once again creates new demand, we could run into the same brick wall of rising oil and gasoline prices -- and now is the time to make sure that doesn't happen," she said. "In Washington, we can view this period of lower oil prices as just one more chance to make excuses -- and on the problem of energy security, we've heard enough excuses. Or we can view it as an opportunity to finally confront the problem."

Palin also used her speech to attack convicted Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), whose resignation she has called for, and her political opponents in the U.S. and abroad.

"Alaska is the one of the most resource-rich places on earth. Yet for many years, our state's oil and gas wealth was the carefully guarded preserve of the political establishment -- the good ol' boys -- rewarded by a few big oil companies and through an oil services company that liked things just the way they were," she said. "As you may have seen in the news this week, Alaska's senior senator is not the first man to discover the hazards of getting too close to moneyed interests with agendas of their own."

She also criticized Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden, noting that Alaska and its officials had a hard time persuading "Congress to authorize construction of the original Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline. And when Congress finally acted in 1973, it approved the pipeline over the 'No' votes of five senators, including a freshmen senator named Joe Biden."

By contrast, Palin portrayed herself as a reformer who has pushed aggressively to create a new natural gas pipeline in Alaska. In brokering the pipeline contract, she recalled: "We introduced the big oil companies and their lobbyists to a concept some of them had forgotten -- free-market competition. They had a monopoly on power and resources, and we broke it. The result is, finally, progress on the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history -- a nearly forty-billion dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence."

"When the last section is laid and its valves are opened, that pipeline will lead America one step farther away from reliance on foreign energy," she said, prompting applause from the audience. "That pipeline will be a lifeline -- freeing us from debt, dependence and the influence of foreign powers that do not have our interests at heart."

Palin suggested that foreign energy suppliers, such as Russia and Venezuela, cannot be trusted. Saying that Russian has its eye on the gas pipeline in the Caucuses, "Wouldn't they love to control that entire pipeline? Its strategy is to divide and intimidate our European allies by using energy as a weapon. And there, as elsewhere, we cannot leave ourselves at the mercy of foreign suppliers."

The Alaska governor also touted the virtues of nuclear power, coal mining and burning, and questioned why Democrats would support other countries pursuing traditional forms of energy exploration while opposing this approach at home.

"So policies that forgo domestic production don't protect our environment," she said. "It ultimately harms out environment."

Biden and Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, Palin argued, don't realize how easy it is to minimize the impact of drilling for gas and oil and burning coal. "Again, they don't get it, they need to understand the science that's behind the technology today."

While Palin publicly endorsed John McCain's support for a federal cap on greenhouse gas emissions, she indicated in today's speech that a McCain-Palin administration would give energy suppliers plenty of tax breaks and subsidies rather than simply mandate lower carbon emissions.

"And we will control greenhouse gas emissions by giving American businesses new incentives and new rewards to seek, instead of just giving them new taxes to pay and new orders to follow," she declared.

While Palin said she knows "drilling won't solve all of America's energy problems," she added that was no excuse not to expand our drilling for oil and gas in Alaska and elsewhere.

"God has so richly blessed our land with the supplies we need," she said, despite the fact that the U.S. lacks enough domestic oil and gas reserves to meet its current energy demand.

While a sign declaring "Creating Green Collar Jobs for Ohio" festooned the hall in which Palin delivered her address, she only made a passing reference to the tour she took this morning of the small solar panel manufacturing facility. During the tour Palin seemed impressed with the display that Xunlight's CEO Xunming Deng put on for her.

Deng held the purple-colored panels out for Palin's inspection, telling her, "Lightweight solar panels like this are extremely flexible and easy to install so they're low-cost."

"Yeah! Good!" Palin exclaimed as she stroked the panel in question.

Deng, who showed off the panels along with his wife, Liwei Xu, the company's co-founder and vice president of finance, noted the company was a spin-off of the University of Toledo and had received "a tremendous amount of federal government, state and local support" along with $40 million in start-up funds from venture capitalists.

When Deng told Palin that the technology had been "created at the University of Toledo" she replied, "Good," and patted his hand.

As Palin, Deng and Xu made their way to the second station, Todd Palin joined them, and they examined yet another, similar-looking solar panel. Bending the panel yet again, Deng told the governor, "Think of a panel this large that's glass, you couldn't bend it. This is flexible."

"Yeah, that's perfect," Palin replied.

Concluding the tour, Palin told Deng, "I'm so excited! This is so exciting! Congratulations."

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Governor Palin said that Senators Obama and Biden "need to understand the science that's behind the technology today."

Does anyone, even among her most ardent supporters, think that Ms. Palin understands the "science" she mentions? Or any environmental science?

How odd for someone who flaunts her own ignorance and anti-intellectualism to be lecturing others on their need for a better understanding of science.

Posted by: kiy1 | October 29, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

This moose really thinks she is going somewhere, based on the ABC interview today. Give me a break.. the only place this woman should go is back to Alaska to answer to her people. What arrogance!

And, she has Joe the plumber, who was opining on Fox News about Israel, something he has scant knowledge about, on stage with her? What kind of campaign is this? The amatuer hour? God spare us!

Posted by: sandnsmith | October 29, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

I am a rare creature... something you won't see often. An Alaskan who does not want to keep drilling. Oil has given Alaska money, and jobs that's a fact, but enough is enough. Oil has very nearly killed this planet... for Palin to keep fighting for it standing in Xunlight Corp, a company trying to find alternitives to oil is sickening. This woman makes me so angry... she has proven herself to be so closeminded that she doubts global warming is man kinds fault, thinks dinosurs and humans ran around together, and that a witchhunting pastor helped make her Gov. A person who can't think outside of her Church teachings has no place in goverment. She is a discrace to Alaska, America, and Humanity!

Posted by: GirlfromAlaska | October 29, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

I am a rare creature... something you won't see often. An Alaskan who does not want to keep drilling. Oil has given Alaska money, and jobs that's a fact, but enough is enough. Oil has very nearly killed this planet... for her to keep fighting for it standing in Xunlight Corp, a company trying to find alternitives to oil is sickening. This woman makes me so angry... she has proven herself to be so closeminded that she doubts global warming is man kinds fault, thinks dinosurs and humans ran around together, and that a witchhunting pastor helped make her Gov. A person who can't think outside of her Church teachings has no place in goverment. She is a discrace to Alaska, America, and Humanity!

Posted by: GirlfromAlaska | October 29, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

What is the guarantee that U.S. oil and it's by-products will be sold in the US? We don't have a nationalized oil industry. These are publicly traded companies that seek to maximize profit. How is drilling here going to create independence? Are the oil companies going to be nationalized? Or prohibited from selling on the open market? I don't get it.

U.S. oil exports have reached record highs. From Free Mkt News Network:

"While the U.S. oil industry want access to more federal lands to help reduce reliance on foreign suppliers, American-based companies are shipping record amounts of gasoline and diesel fuel to other countries. A record 1.6 million barrels a day in U.S. refined petroleum products were exported during the first four months of this year, up 33 percent from 1.2 million barrels a day over the same period in 2007. Shipments this February topped 1.8 million barrels a day for the first time during any month, according to final numbers from the Energy Department."

Posted by: FauxReal | October 29, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

What is the guarantee that U.S. oil and it's by-products will be sold in the US? We don't have a nationalized oil industry. These are publicly traded companies that seek to maximize profit. How is drilling here going to create independence? Are the oil companies going to be nationalized? Or prohibited from selling on the open market? I don't get it.

U.S. oil exports have reached record highs. From Free Mkt News Network:

"While the U.S. oil industry want access to more federal lands to help reduce reliance on foreign suppliers, American-based companies are shipping record amounts of gasoline and diesel fuel to other countries. A record 1.6 million barrels a day in U.S. refined petroleum products were exported during the first four months of this year, up 33 percent from 1.2 million barrels a day over the same period in 2007. Shipments this February topped 1.8 million barrels a day for the first time during any month, according to final numbers from the Energy Department."

Posted by: FauxReal | October 29, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

palin and her drill baby drill philosophy is not a true realistic approach to our nations energy solutions. i live and work in texas,it produces oil also, and come in close contact with oil people. to drill a well is of course a good idea, but there is so much that has to come into play for a producer to become effective. locations have to be built,the actual drilling,testing,then laying pipelines to connect multiple locations,transporting product to refineries refining,and transporting to dealers fordistribution. each step is a cost and time related activity. if the per barrel price of oil drops then drilling pipelining.etc.,are curtailed.it takes time to bring in an offshore well,or one on land, for the public to see any kind of immediate or intermediate help. yes maybe long term,but we do not have enough reserves to be independent of foreign oil with drilling only. as t.boone pickens has been saying we need alternate sources now to help our future. palin/mcain can only see big oil and benefits for the few. most people only see what is at the pump,along with me also, but there is much more here. obama and the democratic party want to adress this dependence on foreign oil with a plan that would encourage alternate sources,sure continue drilling,but with an idea that through wind,clean coal,natural gas,nuclear,our future energy needs would be better suited to diversification than oil only. palin is so far off base it is unreal.

Posted by: debtrckr | October 29, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Palin's sedate version of a ultra-right wing Drill, Baby, Drill stump speech while standing in an alternative energy company reinforces our perception of her as an unqualified, incompetent, and divisive political figure.

Clearly, the significance of Xunlight was lost on her. Xunlight is an example of how partnership between academia, government, and private enterprise can bring economic redevelopment to a depressed state--in fact, Xunlight is one of the few companies in Ohio accepting jobs applications.

This start-up company is also an example of how attractive alternative energy is to investors: venture capitalists have poured tens of millions in capital into Xunlight. "Green Economy" is not a figment of liberal imaginations.

I doubt she impressed her audience--the management team is headed by Ph.D's in energy engineering and a majority of the employees are engineers. The remaining employee are technical/skilled employees who want to see more investment in alternative energy, hence job security.

Academics are very familiar with the public policy affecting their industry. I am sure they noticed her speech was void of policy and riddled with blatant partisan rhetoric.

For the anyone to refer to her address as a "policy" speech is absurd. A policy speech contains the following elements:

1) definition of the policy topic, including statement of the problem(s) and what's at stake;

2) outline of a policy program plan: the what, how, and when
a) statement of guiding principles;
b) description of sequence of proposed actions;
c) identification of primary government and private entities responsible to implement the program
d) identification of economic resources to pay for the program

3) closer: summary of key points and benefits of the policy

As usual, Palin made a fool of herself.

Posted by: jandcgall1 | October 29, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Palin's sedate version of a ultra-right wing Drill, Baby, Drill stump speech while standing in an alternative energy company reinforces our perception of her as an unqualified, incompetent, and divisive political figure.

Clearly, the significance of Xunlight was lost on her. Xunlight is an example of how partnership between academia, government, and private enterprise can bring economic redevelopment to a depressed state--in fact, Xunlight is one of the few companies in Ohio accepting jobs applications.

This start-up company is also an example of how attractive alternative energy is to investors: venture capitalists have poured tens of millions in capital into Xunlight. "Green Economy" is not a figment of liberal imaginations.

I doubt she impressed her audience--the management team is headed by Ph.D's in energy engineering and a majority of the employees are engineers. The remaining employee are technical/skilled employees who want to see more investment in alternative energy, hence job security.

Academics are very familiar with the public policy affecting their industry. I am sure they noticed her speech was void of policy and riddled with blatant partisan rhetoric.

For the anyone to refer to her address as a "policy" speech is absurd. A policy speech contains the following elements:

1) definition of the policy topic, including statement of the problem(s) and what's at stake;

2) outline of a policy program plan: the what, how, and when
a) statement of guiding principles;
b) description of sequence of proposed actions;
c) identification of primary government and private entities responsible to implement the program
d) identification of economic resources to pay for the program

3) closer: summary of key points and benefits of the policy

As usual, Palin made a fool of herself.

Posted by: jandcgall1 | October 29, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

"AP INVESTIGATION: Sarah Palin's pipeline terms netted 1 viable bid, from firm with inside ties"

"

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ Gov. Sarah Palin's signature accomplishment — a contract to build a 1,715-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from Alaska to the Lower 48 — emerged from a flawed bidding process that narrowed the field to a company with ties to her administration, an Associated Press investigation shows.

Beginning at the Republican National Convention in August, the McCain-Palin ticket has touted the pipeline as an example of how it would help America achieve energy independence.

"We're building a nearly $40 billion natural gas pipeline, which is North America's largest and most expensive infrastructure project ever, to flow those sources of energy into hungry markets," Palin said during the Oct. 2 vice presidential debate.

Despite Palin's boast of a smart and fair bidding process, the AP found that her team crafted terms that favored only a few independent pipeline companies and ultimately benefited the winner, TransCanada Corp.

And contrary to the ballyhoo, there's no guarantee the pipeline will ever be built; at a minimum, any project is years away, as TransCanada must first overcome major financial and regulatory hurdles."

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/lifestyle/green/sns-ap-palin-pipeline,0,1981559.story

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 29, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Drill Baby Drill!

Alaska and the oil companies need the money.

"Making America Stupid"

"Why would Republicans, the party of business, want to focus our country on breathing life into a 19th-century technology — fossil fuels — rather than giving birth to a 21st-century technology — renewable energy? As I have argued before, it reminds me of someone who, on the eve of the I.T. revolution — on the eve of PCs and the Internet — is pounding the table for America to make more I.B.M. typewriters and carbon paper. “Typewriters, baby, typewriters.”

Of course, we’re going to need oil for many years, but instead of exalting that — with “drill, baby, drill” — why not throw all our energy into innovating a whole new industry of clean power with the mantra “invent, baby, invent?” That is what a party committed to “change” would really be doing. As they say in Texas: “If all you ever do is all you’ve ever done, then all you’ll ever get is all you ever got.”"

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/opinion/14friedman.html?ref=opinion

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 29, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, John McCain puts America second, after John McCain's ambitions. There can be no other plausible explanation for this ridiculous and insulting choice of running mate.

Posted by: zukermand | October 29, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

So you choose a solar panel manufacturing plant to give a speech touting the further use of fossil fuels while patronizing the owner about his product. That sounds about right for Palin/McCain---and, oh, by the way, Sarah, why does that natural gas pipeline go through Canada? Because you made sure all the companies who wanted it to go through Alaska couldn't get a bid in.

Posted by: SueB2 | October 29, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

How many Libbie Judges does it take;

To Screw-Up a Nation?


ONE! :-(


Anyone want Social Security Numbers accounted for?

Anyone want to guess how many MORE Judges like the clown on the Ninth Circuit that Prevented Federal Action to protect ID's;

O'Bomba-Nation, and a Socialist Controlled Congress are going to set up for Life Terms?

Even One, not the 100+ we are likely to get, is a Night-Mare waiting to happen!

BUT, that's how Libbies get their Garbage Legislated into Law!

By Elitist command, not a Popular Vote!

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 29, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

She had to have a policy speech to tell us she supports more drilling? This woman is complete idiot and the press just lets her do whatever so no one whines bias. Shameful

Posted by: julian9682 | October 29, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Palin represents all that is wrong in America - and she defines the Republican Party of 2008. ...................


http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/10/29/obamas-best-chance-palins-example/

Posted by: glclark4750 | October 29, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 29, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Know much about Alaska and its "budget"??
Of the 50 states, Alaska ranks No. 1 in taxes per resident and No. 1 in spending per resident. Its tax burden per resident is 21/2 times the national average; its spending, more than double. The trick is that Alaska's government spends money on its own citizens and taxes the rest of us to pay for it.
Although Palin, like McCain, talks about liberating ourselves from dependence on foreign oil, there is no evidence that being dependent on Alaskan oil would be any more pleasant to the pocketbook.
Alaska is, in essence, an adjunct member of OPEC. It has four different taxes on oil, which produce more than 89% of the state's unrestricted revenue. On average, three-quarters of the value of a barrel of oil is taken by the state government before that oil is permitted to leave the state.
Alaska residents each get a yearly check for about $2,000 from oil revenues, plus an additional $1,200 pushed through by Palin last year to take advantage of rising oil prices. Any sympathy the governor of Alaska expresses for folks in the lower 48 who are suffering from high gas prices or can't afford to heat their homes is strictly crocodile tears.
Sounds like an oil sheikdom doesn't it? Point is Alaska has a windfall profits tax on oil companies operating there - even on oil shipped to the other 49 states - even though it belongs to our country.
Alaska oil is no cheaper for someone in Massachusetts than it is for someone in India. The windfall taxes collected from the rest of us are sent out in nice annual checks to the residents of Alaska.
Is that like ..... state welfare/socialism? Nah!! Can't be!! They’re Republicans!! Tough budget you're "managing" there Gov. No wonder you support drilling!! Bigger checks for Alaskans!!

Posted by: toritto | October 29, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 29, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Do you think that Sarah can save Lohn Mccain? Watch funny videos http://www.frizle.com

Posted by: roverfind | October 29, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

What a GREAT Stance for the Senator from Alaska to take!

Hint hint!

Only Sarah;

Start NOW!

Not after you prevented Mitt Romney from getting onto the McCain Ticket in time to SAVE this Presidential contest!

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 29, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

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