Palin on oil spill: We must continue to drill, baby, drill

posted at 6:55 pm on April 30, 2010 by Allahpundit

A noble effort, especially given Alaska’s experience with the Valdez, but I think she’s fighting a losing battle here.

As an Alaskan, I can speak from the heart about the tragedy of an oil spill. For as long as I live, I will never forget the day the Exxon-Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef and millions of gallons of North Slope crude poured into the waters of our beautiful Prince William Sound. The spill was devastating to so many Alaskans who, like my own family, make their living on the water from our commercial fishing industry. “Heartbreaking” was the word my husband Todd, an Alaska Native and trained oil spill responder, used to describe the scene as we watched it unfold on land and water that we feel is sacred…

In the coming days, there will be hearings to discover the cause of the explosion and the subsequent leak. Actions will be taken to increase oversight to prevent future accidents. Government can and must play an appropriate role here. If a company was lax in its prevention practices, it must be held accountable. It is inexcusable for any oil company to not invest in preventative measures. They must be held accountable or the public will forever distrust the industry…

All responsible energy development must be accompanied by strict oversight, but even with the strictest oversight in the world, accidents still happen. No human endeavor is ever without risk – whether it’s sending a man to the moon or extracting the necessary resources to fuel our civilization. I repeat the slogan “drill here, drill now” not out of naiveté or disregard for the tragic consequences of oil spills – my family and my state and I know firsthand those consequences. How could I still believe in drilling America’s domestic supply of energy after having seen the devastation of the Exxon-Valdez spill? I continue to believe in it because increased domestic oil production will make us a more secure, prosperous, and peaceful nation.

The White House insists that Axelrod was misinterpreted this morning when he said there’s a freeze on new drilling; apparently, production drilling that’s currently in the works is still okay. I’ve got a feeling that position won’t hold, though. This harrowing AP story on the spill makes the case — convincingly — that it could be one of the worst man-made environmental calamities in modern history, like some sort of oily Chernobyl. The type of oil that was being drilled is especially crude and gooey; the type of marshlands at risk in Louisiana are especially fragile and hard to clean; and because the exploded part underwater is actually a live well, there’s theoretically no limit to how much oil can leak from it. Unlike the Valdez, whose supply was finite, it’ll just keep bubblin’ up until they cap it. (That’ll be the argument for why we need to go back to importing oil instead of drilling our own.) Louisiana’s already opened shrimp season early to let fishermen catch what they can in case the local supply gets wiped out. How do you think the “drill, baby, drill” movement will be doing a month from now if there’s a small black sea growing in the Gulf of Mexico?

More good news: Apparently there are three separate breaks in the rig from which oil is flowing. Experts say that’s not a sign that the riser will collapse and that the flow will increase, but stay tuned. As for the politics of it, our liberal betters who blamed George Bush for every misfortune to befall the world for eight years are now on the lookout for crazed wingnuts attempting to blame this somehow on Obama. I won’t take the bait, but do read lefty Michael Roston’s post on how the federal agency charged with policing oil producers has been preoccupied lately with … green energy.

Update: CBS notices that, aside from Palin and Bob McDonnell, Republicans are being awfully quiet about further drilling thus far.


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All responsible energy development must be accompanied by strict oversight, but even with the strictest oversight in the world, accidents still happen. No human endeavor is ever without risk – whether it’s sending a man to the moon or extracting the necessary resources to fuel our civilization. I repeat the slogan “drill here, drill now” not out of naiveté or disregard for the tragic consequences of oil spills – my family and my state and I know firsthand those consequences.
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Amen,SarahCuda,and ya just gotta know,that the Liberal pundits,and Lefty Operatives,are going to take Sarah’s
words,and twist them to fit their narratives!!

canopfor on April 30, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Guys, oil drilling is dead for at least a year. People don’t care about polluting the godforsaken deserts of the Middle East. They just care about the fishys and seagulls not dying.

Speedwagon82 on April 30, 2010 at 7:37 PM

AP, what’s your boy Mitt have to say on this matter? Anything besides imitating crickets?

Gohawgs on April 30, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Could be, but let’s see if you and everybody else feels the same way when gas reaches $4/gallon again.

ncborn on April 30, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Gas is $4.38 a gallon here in Canada today and our dollar is now par with yours. Can you say rip off.

royzer on April 30, 2010 at 7:38 PM

royzer on April 30, 2010 at 7:38 PM

what are you paying per liter?

upinak on April 30, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Nope the hysteria will stay. People are tired of paying 50 bucks for a full tank of gas. Over 150 for electricity and to heat their homes. And I am not talking about the people who use fuel oil. They are tired of the prices going up and for no reason. Well they know the reason now…. do you blame them for getting upset?

upinak on April 30, 2010 at 7:34 PM

I mean the enviro hysteria , 2012 people will forget the spill but feel the price of oil. Now in November they might remember the otters and birds.

the_nile on April 30, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Was this an accident? Why did Obama send SWAT out to the rigs? Why hasn’t anyone in the media asked this question? Or have they?

indy8 on April 30, 2010 at 7:38 PM

I agree with Palin. From what I have read, the most likely cause of the explosion was a poor cementing job which allowed natural gas and oil to enter the well. There is a history of this causing well explosions.

The cementing process is something that should have already been addressed by the government and oil companies.

huckleberryfriend on April 30, 2010 at 7:39 PM

AUINSC on April 30, 2010 at 7:29 PM

I agree with you. There are way too many people in this country who think we should preserve everything else but us. You know, human life is expendable.

Mirimichi on April 30, 2010 at 7:39 PM

huckleberryfriend on April 30, 2010 at 7:39 PM

it is the weight of cementing mud compared to the PSI of the pressure in the well. The higher PSI, the heavier the mud.

upinak on April 30, 2010 at 7:40 PM

I don’t think you can have a oil spill on land. Well, at least I’ve never heard of one.
year_of_the_dingo on April 30, 2010 at 7:33 PM

A truck hauling petroleum products can spill, a tank farm can have a spill, a pipeline can rupture and have a spill, and there are always blowouts.

bluemarlin on April 30, 2010 at 7:40 PM

From what I have read, the most likely cause of the explosion was a poor cementing job which allowed natural gas and oil to enter the well. There is a history of this causing well explosions.

The cementing process is something that should have already been addressed by the government and oil companies.

huckleberryfriend on April 30, 2010 at 7:39 PM

BS huckleberry, if it was a poor cementing job, then the well should’ve been shut down until it was fixed, and it wasn’t. Reject that theory until provent.

ted c on April 30, 2010 at 7:40 PM

I am all in favor of off shore drilling. I see they are planning on relief drilling near the area and then pump in sludge to clog the original well. But I saw where it would take 3 months to do that at a cost of $100 million.

I am wondering if an explosive charge might work better. Or dump huge amounts of concrete over the site. The big problems is it is a mile under the ocean’s surface.

Dasher on April 30, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Most of those refineries on Loisiana are connected to piplines to ship their products all over the place but those pipelines can only handle so much volume.

bluemarlin on April 30, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Refining capacity used to be a problem. Supply is now the problem. No future drilling (and that is what we are talking about here) guarantees that we will depend exclusively on foreign sources. Those are going to dry up very soon due to Obama’s policies.

AUINSC on April 30, 2010 at 7:41 PM

BS huckleberry, if it was a poor cementing job, then the well should’ve been shut down until it was fixed, and it wasn’t. Reject that theory until provent.

ted c on April 30, 2010 at 7:40 PM

you can’t shut down. You pour the mud in as the drill in backing out of the hole. It is a very techincal process.

upinak on April 30, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Yep, game over…until we hit $10 a gallon prices at the pump…and our economy collapses. We were going to get there one way or another…now we’re going to get there within 2 or 3 years.

AUINSC on April 30, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Sadly, this is the essence of it.

We’ve willingly allowed ourselves to become so completely addicted to cheap gas at every level of society, that even a minor price increase will cause severe distress (as the crisis a couple years back reminds us) and a serious price increase will completely destroy us.

We couldn’t have handled $4 a gallon for long. The ‘doomsday’ prices of $7-9 a gallon will be curtains.

“Drill baby drill” is only half the solution – we’ve got to find some way to restructure our economy without an economic disaster. Unfortunately, about the only thing that seems to work is when gas prices go up, and there we are right back at the start of the problem.

Dark-Star on April 30, 2010 at 7:42 PM

what are you paying per liter?

upinak on April 30, 2010 at 7:38 PM

$1.09 per litre in BC

royzer on April 30, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Did we stop the Space Shuttle program after the SS Columbia disaster ? After SS Challenger disaster ?

macncheez on April 30, 2010 at 7:43 PM

$1.09 per litre in BC

royzer on April 30, 2010 at 7:43 PM

good thing you are not in the yukon…

upinak on April 30, 2010 at 7:43 PM

hmmm what are the odds. Within a short time frame we have a major coal mine explosion that kills 29 when the compnay reports no sign of trouble just prior to the explosion. then we have a oil rig explosion that kills possibly 11+ with a major oil spill. Anyone want to bet we will have a nuclear power plant “accident” soon?

We also have Obama coming out “strong” for oil drilling then retreating, approving a wind mill farm off the coast of Mass and all of this with the backdrop of a cap and tax bill coming to the fore in Congress worth Trillions in new Tax revs and carbon trading to very powerful people.

unseen on April 30, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Things are breaking pretty well for the O at this point…his goal is to max out his base per usual.

He’s got the Hispanics…and now if he and the media are adroit (and they are) he’ll have the entire Enviro wacko machine reved up to march out arm in arm to the voting booth in November.

Remember three things…never let a crisis go to waste, ridicule you opponent and bring guns

Bear in mind also the Lefty/Dem machine have great oppo research…all these people who think they can unseat sitting Dems/Lefties…I hope they are scrubby clean, if not they are dead meat.

Just because most people agree with R’s doen’t mean they’ll do well.

r keller on April 30, 2010 at 7:44 PM

upinak, i agree, but, if it was known to be bad, and regulators didn’t do jack about it, then it pretty much rejects the theory or reveals the inspectors as incompetent (may be true anyway). Moreover, I don’t care if you have a nuclear fricking weapon at 5K feet below the surface, even if it is connected by a big pipe, you don’t think that the major force of that explosion wouldn’t be dampened by the seawater so much so that the rig wouldn’t blow up? and sink?

ted c on April 30, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Look.. here is my specualtion of what happened.

1. either it was a pipe crack and methane leaked out, there was a spark and BOOM!

or

2. While casing a hole, someone messed up the math concerning the PSI of the well and how heavy the cement mud should have been, causing a blow out…

BUT… I have a feeling the Flare stack for the flare outs wasn’t working properly either and malfunctioned.

upinak on April 30, 2010 at 7:48 PM

So the same pundit who linked a story questioning if her book would turn a profit for the publisher, now calls her defense of continued drilling a losing battle. Yeah right.

cs89 on April 30, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Did we stop the Space Shuttle program after the SS Columbia disaster ? After SS Challenger disaster ?

macncheez on April 30, 2010 at 7:43 PM

hmmm ther eis only two more planned launches for the fleet. I say they shelved it after Columbia blew up in the sky over TX. They are now just doing clean up before they mothball the fleet

unseen on April 30, 2010 at 7:48 PM

A reasoned and steady response from the Cuda. Would be easy to give into the emotion of the moment, but energy independence is a must for our nation. We must stay the course on energy development.

spen52 on April 30, 2010 at 7:49 PM

It is called a blowout.

upinak on April 30, 2010 at 7:36 PM

upinak: Speaking of blowouts:)
=====================================
Hellfighters——–John Wayne

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivKlZpwdOdQ

canopfor on April 30, 2010 at 7:49 PM

I am pretty tired of the secret progressive known as Allahpundit

The Notorious G.O.P on April 30, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Obama waited
The Coast was decimated

JohnInCA on April 30, 2010 at 7:50 PM

We CANNOT do without offshore drilling. Tankers have oil spills too. AP is a p*ssy as usual.

echosyst on April 30, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Refining capacity used to be a problem. Supply is now the problem. No future drilling (and that is what we are talking about here) guarantees that we will depend exclusively on foreign sources. Those are going to dry up very soon due to Obama’s policies.

AUINSC on April 30, 2010 at 7:41 PM

From a no future drilling stand point, yes I would agree. At the moment the world supply of crude is good and demand has been down. When I say utilization is at 86%, I just mean 86% of the ones actually operating, there are several that are shut down for economic reasons. Most of our supply is from Canada and then Mexico and Venezuela. Yes, Chavez is an ass but he needs the money. I think we import maybe 10-15% from the middle east now. It is going to be interesting how this plays out in the long term, this spill is going to be bad, very bad I think. We will still need to drill here, that is for sure.

bluemarlin on April 30, 2010 at 7:51 PM

canopfor on April 30, 2010 at 7:32 PM
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I did see a headline, maybe Washington Examiner “Heckuva Glob” already. I think it will come but nowhere near what W went through.

bluemarlin on April 30, 2010 at 7:35 PM

bluemarlin:I bet,in the Washington Examiner,its on page
30!!!:)

canopfor on April 30, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Regarding sabotage, there are third party oil nations that done similar stuff like blowing up pipelines going into former soviet states. This would be a win win for them. Long shot.

the_nile on April 30, 2010 at 7:52 PM

BUT… I have a feeling the Flare stack for the flare outs wasn’t working properly either and malfunctioned.

upinak on April 30, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Blow-outs are always a risk when drilling for oil. Even with the tech we have today, it’s always a risk. Too bad it happened at a time when the left controls the narrative. Instead of putting it in perspective, they are using it as a bludgeon to score cheap political points. It’s manna from heaven for them. When one side controls all media, they win by default because they control the narrative. The left always wins because the right let it happen.

AUINSC on April 30, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Jiminy Crickets, talk about an overreaction. I am so glad this country didn’t have to count on her current inhabitants to brave the new world.

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2010 at 7:53 PM

How convenient to have an explosion and oil spill just when Obama was starting to soften his stance on offshore drilling. It is most likely a coincidence but it is still very interesting.

MaiDee on April 30, 2010 at 7:53 PM

now on the lookout for crazed wingnuts attempting to blame this somehow on Obama. I won’t take the bait

Yeah AP, don’t take the bait. Just sit back and let the Obama administration control the message. They’ll be more than happy to tell us how this was the most competent disaster response in the history of America.

JohnInCA on April 30, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Yes, Chavez is an ass but he needs the money. I think we import maybe 10-15% from the middle east now. It is going to be interesting how this plays out in the long term, this spill is going to be bad, very bad I think. We will still need to drill here, that is for sure.

bluemarlin on April 30, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Things aren’t lining up in our favor. Chavez is a dumbass…but then again, he’s lining up with Iran right now. I think he knows who will butter his bread in the future. By the time the rest of the US realizes that there may, possibly, be a problem, we won’t have any influence on anything. Actually, that point passed in November 2008.

AUINSC on April 30, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Back to nature, comrades!

Man cannot exist lest he soil some poor creature with oil!

AshleyTKing on April 30, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Did we stop the Space Shuttle program after the SS Columbia disaster ? After SS Challenger disaster ?

macncheez on April 30, 2010 at 7:43 PM

I happen to think that the Shuttles should never have been built in the first place, but if so, the program should have been shut down after Challenger, and those onboard Columbia perished because of the cowardice of politicians. The Space Shuttle was detective from a engineering standpoint and inherently unsafe. A better comparison, I think, is to commercial flights or to the TGV. Accidents happen.

year_of_the_dingo on April 30, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Oh definetly, I want an investigation, too. But, I don’t want it dragged out for a year or 2. Lets find out what really happened and then fix/repair the materials used and/or the procedures. This should not be a show stopper.

Mirimichi on April 30, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Oh honey….we’ll never know what truely happened.
There will be lies and more lies, cover ups and more cover ups.
Oh….and then there’s the blame game. We’ll have several people pointing at one another.

tencole on April 30, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Guys, oil drilling is dead for at least a year. People don’t care about polluting the godforsaken deserts of the Middle East. They just care about the fishys and seagulls not dying.

Speedwagon82 on April 30, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Speedwagon82: That reminds me,when Soddom,er,Saddam,
lit the oil wells up in Kuwait,and for
some reason,there was no Liberal Inviron
mental Wacko outrage,crickets,one might say!
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http://www.users.cloud9.net/~bradmcc/jpg/kuwaitOilFires.jpg

http://chamorrobible.org/images/photos/gpw-20060914-UnitedStatesAirForce-071009-F-2911S-013-oil-well-fires-F-16A-Fighting-Falcon-F-15C-Eagle-F-15E-Strike-Eagle-Operation-Desert-Storm-Kuwait-medium.jpg

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/publications/slidesets/humanimprints/images/himp_s16.jpg

canopfor on April 30, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Unlike the Valdez, whose supply was finite, it’ll just keep bubblin’ up until they cap it. (That’ll be the argument for why we need to go back to importing oil instead of drilling our own.)

Sure. Cuz this could never happen anywhere else in the world. It’s only a catastrophe when it happens in our own backyard.

Perspective. I’m not in any way minimizing this disaster, but this isn’t the first and it won’t be the last. The Earth is amazingly resilient and the environment will recover in time. I’d be more concerned with the devastating impact on the economies of this region.

NoLeftTurn on April 30, 2010 at 8:06 PM

As usual, Palin is the only Republican with a Mighty Pair between her legs (well, props to Governor McDonnell)., and she’s a She, for God’s sake. This effort will stand her in good stead as this thing plays out over time.

Palin is right to come out with a statement on this, crafted the way it is. Touches the right bases.

You watch how this plays out. Oil futures should start spiking up and prices at the pump should start heading higher, and we are talking MORE than $4.00 a gallon. People forget two things: the Chinese economy is run by adults, unlike ours, which is run by people in Clown Shoes, so as they recover, they are going to be consuming gobs of petroleum. Secondly, summer driving season will be accentuated by fears of gas shortages spiked by futures markets which will start banking in a sudden American slowdown in exploration.

You know what this means, don’t you? High gas prices tend to screw the Governing Party. Only there’s no George Bush around for the Kos Kids to blame.

victor82 on April 30, 2010 at 8:07 PM

How dare Palin give a reasoned response to a situation that DEMANDS HYSTERIA!

AP goes for the cringe instead of fighting back.

While the ocean rigs, and possible sabotage, are under examination:

DRILL ON LAND BABY!

profitsbeard on April 30, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Just a reminder 1 How many offshore oil platforms are there world wide? And how many of those had accidents which exceeded the damage of this one? If the answer to question number two is NONE than I suggest we study to determine why the worst accident- ever- occurred on a oil platform under the control and supervision of the most technically advanced nation on earth.

2 If oil spills in offshore waters are intolerable, economic servitude to unfriendly oil-rich nations is even more intolerable. Maybe we should recondider ANWR where ecological damage would be minimal and oil spills impossible.

MaiDee on April 30, 2010 at 8:18 PM

Or maybe we can run our rickshaws on rice milk and tofu.

AshleyTKing on April 30, 2010 at 8:21 PM

How dare Palin give a reasoned response to a situation that DEMANDS HYSTERIA!

profitsbeard on April 30, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Well said. I wish this woman were in charge right now.

NebCon on April 30, 2010 at 8:22 PM

control and supervision of the most technically advanced nation on earth

BP is a corporation and not affiliated withe the US government. It stands for British Petroleum.

thomasaur on April 30, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Halliburton.

huckleberryfriend on April 30, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Just a guess: This sort of thing will happen even if America isn’t the country taking risks, but a technical solution is far more likely if we are. Other societies are equally acquisitive but few are equally inventive, even when mothered by necessity.

Seth Halpern on April 30, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Obama waited
The Coast was decimatedOtters died
JohnInCA on April 30, 2010 at 7:50 PM

fify

unseen on April 30, 2010 at 8:34 PM

BP is a corporation and not affiliated withe the US government. It stands for British Petroleum.

thomasaur on April 30, 2010 at 8:25 PM

That’s even worse! Although it could be argued that, to some extent, the Brits are the technical extensions of ourselves, our fragile environment is at the mercy of foreigners. Since these are international waters, what’s to prevent an enemy-let’s say North Korea from establishing an oil platform in the same vicinity?

They get all the money. Our coastline sufferes any potential damage and ALL BECAUSE WE REFUSED TO DRILL IN THE FIRST PLACE.

MaiDee on April 30, 2010 at 8:35 PM

She’s the only one with any Cajones in the GOP so I expect the Republican party to completely abandon ANY KIND OF DRILLING ANYWHERE (ala Senator Nelson in FL).

After all, drilling of oil is the engine of growth for the United States so now that I think about it, isn’t kind of coincidental that the Administration that hates anything but GREEEEEEEEEEN Energy is just now debating a CAP&TRADE bill at the same time that they mishandle the spill creating SPILLAGEDDON?

That’s all just a coincidence? Is there anyway that the White House knew this was out of control and purposely delayed assistance? NNNNNNAAAAAAH, just a little “crazy talk” from the Right.

Carry on, stop drilling, import 99.9% of our oil, and while you’re at close down the natural gas pipelines (they are a hazard). Better close down the coal-fired electric plants (they pollute our pristine skies).


Last one abandoning the U.S. turn out the CFL!!!!

PappyD61 on April 30, 2010 at 8:40 PM

Yeah, baby!

d1carter on April 30, 2010 at 8:43 PM

We must all trust Obama and his Marxist czars to have America’s interests at heart. If they say America shouldn’t drill we must comply. After all Obama is our POTUS for life. Let’s get use to bowing down and calling him the Messiah. Hail, O bama. Please take care of us. We will all perish if we do acknowledge that you are The One.

We conservatives must reject Sarah Palin. Instead we must embrace the Anointed One. Hail, Obama, most merciful one. If you say we do not need domestic oil production, who are we to question your wisdom?

technopeasant on April 30, 2010 at 8:47 PM

I am still wondering why Obama sent the SWAT to the rig. How did this explosion happen?

ramrants on April 30, 2010 at 8:47 PM

According to Bayam, solar wind and geo will replace oil in the next few weeks.

So you got that going for you…

Inanemergencydial on April 30, 2010 at 8:48 PM

This was either an accident, or it was deliberate.

You nailed it!!

Grow Fins on April 30, 2010 at 8:48 PM

control and supervision of the most technically advanced nation on earth

BP is a corporation and not affiliated withe the US government. It stands for British Petroleum.

thomasaur on April 30, 2010 at 8:25 PM

How well are these rigs inspected by the Feds.?

CTSherman on April 30, 2010 at 8:48 PM

The Earth is amazingly resilient and the environment will recover in time.

You guys are really hitting all the bases tonight. Bravo!!

Grow Fins on April 30, 2010 at 8:50 PM

BTW,

If memory serves me correctly it was Daddy Bush that closed off the offshore areas off the east coast to development (was it 1989?) and then Little Bush closed off areas off of Florida to help Jebbie.

I know this is not going to be popular but for the BORDER FAILURES ALONE the Bush Family should be at a minimum be banned from anywhere close to political power.

And actually I’m starting to think that with all the selling out of the U.S.A. to all the New World Order clowns that some of these people SHOULD BE IN JAIL!!!

I mean think about all the damage these decades of PROGRESSIVE HANDCUFFING of the U.S. has damaged this country?

PappyD61 on April 30, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Will THIS fuel finally meet with environmental groups approval?

Granted it’s not Green energy, but it is probably considered YELLOW ENERGY.

http://www.wired.com/autopia/2009/07/pee-powered-cars/

PappyD61 on April 30, 2010 at 8:56 PM

All week I’ve been like I don’t know what to think about the oil drillings I wish Sarah Palin would come out and say something.

happyfeet on April 30, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Drill Baby Drill! We don’t need no stinkin’ environment.

Decider on April 30, 2010 at 9:16 PM

All week I’ve been like I don’t know what to think about the oil drillings I wish Sarah Palin would come out and say something.

happyfeet on April 30, 2010 at 9:06 PM

So you like the majority of america want a true Leader also. Instead of the PR person now living in the WH? a person that would rather campaign about wall street then manage an environmnetal crisis.

yes I understand Palin is the leader you have been loooking for. Glad to see you coming around to the majority of voters on this issue.

unseen on April 30, 2010 at 9:18 PM

hmmm the trolls finally come out. Palin must have caught the WH sleeping. It has taken hours for them to respond.

unseen on April 30, 2010 at 9:20 PM

“Hmmm” my ass. This is called courage, baby. This is a leader.

rrpjr on April 30, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Yes, unseen person. When Sarah Palin says stuff I listen to her cause she’s super smart and real pretty too. She could be mayor of Wasilla she’s so smart.

happyfeet on April 30, 2010 at 9:24 PM

hmmm what are the odds. Within a short time frame we have a

major coal mine explosion that kills 29 when the compnay reports no sign of trouble just prior to the explosion. then we have a oil rig explosion that kills possibly 11+ with a major oil spill. Anyone want to bet we will have a nuclear power plant “accident” soon?

unseen on April 30, 2010 at 7:44 PM

u effing racist! ;)

“We don’t need no oil rigs explodin’! Naw we don’t!”

Chewy the Lab on April 30, 2010 at 9:26 PM

I agree I thought the explosion was very convenient for the dirty socialists.

happyfeet on April 30, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Someone has awakened the ignorant trolls I see.

Well said. I wish this woman were in charge right now.

NebCon on April 30, 2010 at 8:22 PM

You can bet if she were the federal response would have been immediate.

NoLeftTurn on April 30, 2010 at 9:28 PM

She’s right.

mizzoujgrad on April 30, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Mark Levin interview with a survivor of oil rig explosion.

chief on April 30, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Ugggh. Try again.

http://www.marklevinshow.com/Article.asp?id=1790422&spid=32364

chief on April 30, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Even by allahpundit standards, this was an uncommonly eyeor-ish post. Wimpy.

james23 on April 30, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Halliburton.

huckleberryfriend on April 30, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Non-starter.

Halliburton was in bed for decades with Democrat Lyndon Johnson, and Democrat Bill Clinton also gave them no-bid contracts. If you can name another friendly country with a company that does what they do, go for it.

Halliburton also helped put out the oil field fires that Michael Moore hero Saddam Hussein set after Pappy Bush kicked him out of Kuwait, and then later purchased the other company that helped them, Boots + Coots.

Del Dolemonte on April 30, 2010 at 9:57 PM

hmmm the trolls finally come out. Palin must have caught the WH sleeping. It has taken hours for them to respond.

unseen on April 30, 2010 at 9:20 PM

No, they just hadn’t been programmed how to respond.

Del Dolemonte on April 30, 2010 at 10:01 PM

happyfeet on April 30, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Hi, Simon! Is my pie ready yet?

Del Dolemonte on April 30, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Drill Baby Drill! We don’t need no stinkin’ environment.

Decider on April 30, 2010 at 9:16 PM

False dilemma.

My lord you are the most ignorant and intellectually vacant poster here. Cheers@!

Inanemergencydial on April 30, 2010 at 10:08 PM

The one thing I am not seeing discussed is all the other countries that are currently in the same Gulf of Mexico drilling for oil. Their rigs are fully operational and the US can do nothing about it.

China, Russia, Mexico, Venezuela, Angola, Columbia, Canada, Europe (It’s a country now that Obama has called it that.)
Has anyone been scuba diving in Key West lately? The waters are much more cloudier now that there are Chinese rigs just 60 miles off the keys.

We must drill for oil or our cars will be sitting in our driveways and we’ll be walking to work. Look accidents happen and they eventually get cleaned up. BP and others are already getting sued and will pay their fare share in the end for clean up. Why can’t we drill for our own oil? We send entirely too much money to countries that hate us for oil.

I don’t have much confidence in Napolitano handling the problem. We need engineers, Repubs, Democrats, and everyone else in the world working on this issue together for our survival, since everyone needs oil and gas.

Atlanta Media Guy on April 30, 2010 at 10:13 PM

Yet another rig mishap. Hmmmmmmmmm.

ddrintn on April 30, 2010 at 10:16 PM

Does anybody know what the Federal agencies’ protocols are when faced with this kind of accident? And since obambi heads up the exec and armed forces branches, why hasn’t he called out every engineer, expert and heavy equipment from every agency and military operation to get into the Gulf from DAY ONE instead of letting it grow to epic levels?

Who is trying to plug the leak? The oil company? Without any assistance from the U.S. government? If this is true, berri needs to be “called out” as he himself would so presidentially say, big time.

This oil spill disaster that has been going on for a week(?)needs to be hung around berri’s neck as Katrina was hung around Bush’s. Berri needs to go down and go down hard with this one. Palin is setting the stage and let’s hope Sarah rips him up, because no one else is even halfway as capable or courageous. Go to it, Cuda.

tigerlily on April 30, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Oil-soaked seabirds now turning up. Omg…what a field day the left is going to have with this one. Exxon Valdez II.

Dark-Star on April 30, 2010 at 10:33 PM

If memory serves me correctly it was Daddy Bush that closed off the offshore areas off the east coast to development (was it 1989?) and then Little Bush closed off areas off of Florida to help Jebbie.

PappyD61 on April 30, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Not quite right, Pappy:
Congress imposed the offshore drilling ban in 1981.
True, President Bush 41 did extend the ban by executive order in 1990, but it wouldn’t have helped “Jebbie,” who didn’t become Governor of FL until 1999.
And yes, as Governor, Jeb Bush was opposed to offshore drilling off the coast of FL, also, but brother George, President Bush 43, lifted the offshore drilling moratorium in 2008.

Jenfidel on April 30, 2010 at 10:33 PM

Oil-soaked seabirds now turning up. Omg…what a field day the left is going to have with this one. Exxon Valdez II.

Dark-Star on April 30, 2010 at 10:33 PM

yay?

Inanemergencydial on April 30, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Oh Allah, chill out! They said the same thing about the Valdez spill, and today Prince William Sound is fine. Yes, this is bad but is it BAAAAAD? Is it worth destroying our economy over?

Think of it this way: it will provide jobs for all these environmental engineering majors who are graduating today from colleges all over the US who have no way to earn a living.

PattyJ on April 30, 2010 at 10:41 PM

Oh honey….we’ll never know what truely happened.
There will be lies and more lies, cover ups and more cover ups.
Oh….and then there’s the blame game. We’ll have several people pointing at one another.

tencole on April 30, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Nonsense. BP, TransOcean, Halliburton, and every other corporation associated with this want to know what happened so that they can reduce the chance of having it happen ever again. Do you think they like losing people, equipment, and money? Do you think BP liked losing the many tens of millions of dollars they had invested in that one hole in the ground? Do you think they like potentially destroying the livelihoods of fishermen and tourist businesses?

Do you really think — given the jag-offs running the government — that these companies want to make it even harder to do business in the US?

Was Piper Alpha covered up? Was P-36? Was Thunder Horse?

By all means, discuss the consequences and your opinions thereof, but, for Pete’s sake, all of you outside the offshore industry, please stop declaiming about how it operates and removing all doubt of your ignorance.

Troll Feeder on April 30, 2010 at 11:01 PM

You guys are really hitting all the bases tonight. Bravo!!

Grow Fins on April 30, 2010 at 8:50 PM

And you’re contributing nothing.

WWGFD I wonder?

Dongemaharu on April 30, 2010 at 11:04 PM

Government can and must play an appropriate role here.

Explicate.


Drill, baby. Drill.

All responsible energy development must be accompanied by strict oversight, but even with the strictest oversight in the world, accidents still happen. No human endeavor is ever without risk – whether it’s sending a man to the moon or extracting the necessary resources to fuel our civilization.

Renewable energy is necessary but the only Republican willing to stick his neck out is Newt and he’s unelectable. Repeating this ineffectual refrain may be Palin’s biggest gaffe to date.

“We don’t need no oil rigs explodin’! Naw we don’t!”

Chewy the Lab on April 30, 2010 at 9:26 PM

But TRC why are you injecting race? waaaaaaaa!

The Race Card on April 30, 2010 at 11:10 PM

yay?

Inanemergencydial on April 30, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Not really. As if we didn’t have enough emotionally-charged debates going on already…

Dark-Star on April 30, 2010 at 11:18 PM

The Race Card on April 30, 2010 at 11:10 PM

Governor Palin has also advocated renewable energy. She wants an all of the above approach, and she’s said so numerous times.

ramrocks on April 30, 2010 at 11:23 PM

Race Card, please.

Come back when you’ve got a better game. You were too easy to take down. Almost as easy as Grow Fins, and he’s a troll. You’re a regular.

Better argument, please. Palin’s point is valid. In point of fact, she appointed a commission on renewables in AK back when she was gov. However, you can’t get to Pie in the Sky without going through fossil fuels first.

victor82 on April 30, 2010 at 11:35 PM

‘Renewable energy’ is the ultimate skittle farting unicorn. Carbon forms of energy are not dirty, relatively easy to obtain, fuel everything we currently use, and aren’t going to run out anytime soon.

Inanemergencydial on April 30, 2010 at 11:45 PM

I wonder if the Russians & Chinese will put off their plans to drill off of Cuba? I’m guessing no…

Mike in GB on April 30, 2010 at 11:50 PM

victor82 on April 30, 2010 at 11:35 PM

Three-fourths of your statement is spent insulting me. Thank you for the clinic on effective communication. Everything you say is correct…and effective. Enjoy perfection. Good day, kind genius.

The Race Card on April 30, 2010 at 11:54 PM

You guys are really hitting all the bases tonight. Bravo!!

Grow Fins on April 30, 2010 at 8:50 PM

You are like anoil spill, something nobody really wants but we have to put up with from time to time!

bluemarlin on May 1, 2010 at 12:14 AM

Three-fourths of your statement is spent insulting me. Thank you for the clinic on effective communication. Everything you say is correct…and effective. Enjoy perfection. Good day, kind genius.

The Race Card on April 30, 2010 at 11:54 PM

Four-Fourths (4/4) of your statements are irrelevant.

“Everything you say is correct…and effective. Enjoy perfection. Good day, kind genius.”

Recycled to save energy :)

Inanemergencydial on May 1, 2010 at 12:20 AM

Troll Feeder on April 30, 2010 at 11:01 PM

Big thumbs up, buddy. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Frankly, as a professional in the O&G industry for the past 32 years with hundreds of drilled wells under my belt, I’m appalled by the ignorance displayed on this thread. If you folks want to get a better feel for just what happened here, I suggest you link to that Mark Levin interview with “James”. If you want to whine about the slow government response to this accident, I’d like to point out that there was minimal spill while the drillship was still afloat and its riser maintained structural integrity. The flowing oil and gas was being consumed by the fire. Efforts to put out the fire by pouring water on it may very well have contributed to swamping and sinking the drillship which then twisted the riser onto itself as the ship sank to the sea floor. Drilling in deep water where you are a mile removed from the well head is as complex and challenging as brain surgery or rocket science.

Eff Cliffy on May 1, 2010 at 12:24 AM

Russia and Cuba are going to drill in the same body of water. Do you think they will use the same environmental safeguards as the United States?

Chrisin206 on May 1, 2010 at 12:28 AM

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