// you’re reading...

US Politics

The Price of Palin’s “Drill Baby Drill”

Some good may result, if it causes people to pause and reflect after witnessing first hand the obscenity of runaway oil as it delivers a slow and suffocating black death to helpless creatures of the natural world

Drill Baby Drill

The legitimate fear of four southern states of the possibility of suffering catastrophic oil pollution reminds us of Sarah Palin’s presidential campaign rallying cry, “Drill Baby Drill”. To many at the time,  it signaled just how irresponsible this avaricious, narcissistic,  failed politician really is. And this week, events have again found her judgment wanting.

(BP) British Petroleum’s oil drilling catastrophe in the Bay of Mexico provides indubitable evidence of how imperfect the science of deep sea drilling practices really is. Yet no amount of lipstick can disguise the shallowness of Palin, the puerility of her reasoning, or the populist views she invariably tacks onto for her own financial gain. Now 20 months later, “Drill Baby Drill” her slick and snide demand of  Senator Joe Biden in the Vice Presidential debate in 2008,  has come home to haunt her – in the form of a massive 120 mile wide oil slick – heading Florida’s way while also threatening the coastlines of Lousiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Coastal Fears

Residents need only to visit the Florida coast over the next few days and weeks to witness courtesy of BP, the  horror of crude oil devastation as it floods their pristine coastline on the back of each new tide. Some good may result, if it causes people to pause and reflect after witnessing first hand the obscenity of runaway oil as it delivers a slow and suffocating black death to helpless creatures of the natural world, while slicking atop pristine waters en route to rendering beaches and shores virtually uninhabitable.

Regrets maybe? However Opportunity Knocks

No doubt the White house now regrets their recent announcement about opening up more drilling areas offshore . However if there ever was an opportunity for the Obama administration  to accelerate their efforts to limit America’s dependence on oil, foreign or otherwise, then the disaster in the Bay of Mexico provides a new window of opportunity for a major US energy policy review.  A chance for the President to make a solid argument for and a renewed commitment to create a new clean energy future. When the damage to jobs, the environment and the tourist economy in Florida and other affected States is finally tallied, he may discover that he has a whole new band of supporters in the South more amenable to change in the direction of US energy policies.

Discussion

3 comments for “The Price of Palin’s “Drill Baby Drill””

  1. Even if we do engage in oil exploration offshore, it’ll be 7-10 years before we can drill anything, Presidential thumbs-up or no.
    The fact is, we’re seeing what oil drilling can do to a coastline if things go awry, like they are down in the Gulf of Mexico. What’s more valuable? Fuel or food?

    Their fishery is about to go crunch; we have $30/pound shrimp and crawfish to look forward to, and forget about oysters. Food cannot be replaced; crude oil can. We have the technology and money to implement offshore wind and tidal wave generation RIGHT NOW.

    The generator buoys and turbines are less of an impact than an oil spill, and can be in place within 6 months.

    Editor: Well said Diane!

    Posted by Diane | May 1, 2010, 12:24 pm
  2. Clean Energy Future

    Watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuEUmnEVJQk
    by Paul Theodore Hellyer, PC born 6 August 1923) is a Canadian politician and commentator who has had a long and varied career. He is the longest serving current member of the Privy Council, just ahead of Prince Philip, to see the truth about our real future.

    Posted by YW | May 6, 2010, 9:52 pm
  3. I wonder if this was sabotage by Blackwater to blame BP?????

    Posted by maddy | May 28, 2010, 9:10 pm

Post a comment

Recent Comments