The Governor Opens a New Front — Energy Independence
Continuing her string of highly-effective and well-publicized Facebook “notes,” the Governor now switches gears from healthcare to energy independence. She points out the illogic behind the Administration’s decision to send $2 billion to Brazil to assist it in developing offshore resources while continuing to support restrictions on our own ability to develop resources. Can this make even the environmentalists happy? Brazil, after all, is part of our earth and shouldn’t they be concerned about how oil is being extracted no matter where it is done and especially where we are giving substantial support to the effort? The truth is, as the Governor points out, we are the most technologically, environmentally advanced nation on the earth and our ability to develop resources in a earth-friendly way is unparalleled. So why not, she asks, let us develop our own abundant resources? Off the coast of Santa Barbara, CA, the oil is naturally leaking out and into the surf — just go there sometime and you will see. Now think if CA was incentivized to drill there responsibly (as if their budget disaster wasn’t enough incentive). The results? Jobs, energy and revenue for that wealthy State which has been impoverished only by horrible mismanagement.
Here is her note which was posted today. It can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/notes.php?id=24718773587.
Today’s Wall Street Journal contains some puzzling news for all Americans who are impacted by high energy prices and who share the goal of moving us toward energy independence.
For years, states rich with an abundance of oil and natural gas have been begging Washington, DC politicians for the right to develop their own natural resources on federal lands and off shore. Such development would mean good paying jobs here in the United States (with health benefits) and the resulting royalties and taxes would provide money for federal coffers that would potentially off-set the need for higher income taxes, reduce the federal debt and deficits, or even help fund a trillion dollar health care plan if one were so inclined to support such a plan.
So why is it that during these tough times, when we have great needs at home, the Obama White House is prepared to send more than two billion of your hard-earned tax dollars to Brazil so that the nation’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, can drill off shore and create jobs developing its own resources? That’s all Americans want; but such rational energy development has been continually thwarted by rabid environmentalists, faceless bureaucrats and a seemingly endless parade of lawsuits aimed at shutting down new energy projects.
I’ll speak for the talent I have personally witnessed on the oil fields in Alaska when I say no other country in the world has a stronger workforce than America, no other country in the world has better safety standards than America, and no other country in the world has stricter environmental standards than America. Come to Alaska to witness how oil and gas can be developed simultaneously with the preservation of our eco-system. America has the resources. We deserve the opportunity to develop our resources no less than the Brazilians. Millions of Americans know it is true: “Drill, baby, drill.” Alaska is proof you can drill and develop, and preserve nature, with its magnificent caribou herds passing by the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), completely unaffected. One has to wonder if Obama is playing politics and perhaps refusing a “win” for some states just to play to the left with our money.
The new Gulf of Mexico lease sales tomorrow sound promising and perhaps will move some states in the right direction, but we all know that the extreme environmentalists who serve to block progress elsewhere, including in Alaska, continue to block opportunities. These environmentalists are putting our nation in peril and forcing us to rely on unstable and hostile foreign countries. Mr. Obama can stop the extreme tactics and exert proper government authority to encourage resource development and create jobs and health benefits in the U.S.; instead, he chooses to use American dollars in Brazil that will help to pay the salaries and benefits for Brazilians to drill for resources when the need and desire is great in America.
Buy American is a wonderful slogan, but you can’t say in one breath that you want to strengthen our economy and stimulate it, and then in another ship our much-needed dollars to a nation desperate to drill while depriving us of the same opportunity.
– Sarah Palin