June 2nd, 2010
11:14 AM ET

Palin targets 'xtreme greenies' opposed to drilling

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is using the Gulf Coast oil spill to promote the issue of drilling in the Alaskan Wildlife National Refuge - the 20-million protected acres where untapped oil and gas reserves have long served as a lightning rod of controversy.

"Xtreme Greenies: see now why we push 'drill,baby,drill' of known reserves & promising finds in safe onshore places like ANWR? Now do you get it?" the former Republican vice presidential nominee wrote Tuesday evening on her Twitter account.

That comment followed a similarly-themed tweet last week after President Obama announced a moratorium on deep offshore drilling for six months, while an independent commission reviews the explosion of the BP rig that caused the ongoing leak.

"Deep offshore moratorium? Then correspondingly allow more onshore drilling, incl ANWR reserves. Domestic oil's still required in US industry," she tweeted Thursday.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Palin was a strong advocate of drilling both offshore and in ANWR, a position that was repeatedly expressed her now-famous phrase "Drill Baby Drill."

In her October 2008 vice presidential debate with Joe Biden, Palin specifically took aim at him for opposing offshore drilling efforts.

"You even called drilling - safe, environmentally-friendly drilling offshore - as raping the outer continental shelf," Palin said at the debate.

"There - with new technology, with tiny footprints even on land, it is safe to drill and we need to do more of that."

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  1. jamie

    She is selfish and only cares about her money/ own views ! She does not care about the environment or anything but herself ! She needs to stay home and be quiet !

    June 3, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mar

    I have one thing to say to Palin's parents. "Should have used a c..." Sure would have spared us listening to this idiot. Someone send her back to Alaska or somewhere else where she can't influence the ignorant and uneducated.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Renee

    We are intilted to our own opinions, but not our own facts. Palin is a moron and the only people that believe a word she say's are people that only watch fox news or listen to Rush. Even they had to hear her say she was totally for offshore drilling during the presidential campaign. Whats really scarey is she could of been vice president right now. That is why it is so important for people like us to be involved and try to educate people who ehink she has a brain.

    June 3, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ldt

    Sorry, but I don't agree with her. What we need to do is invest in new energy alternative sources. Taking fluids out from under the earth's crust year after year after year has got to eventually leave empty space under the crust and reslt in things like the huge sink hole in Guatamala. Raping the earth of all of its resources is not the answer. "Birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim.." and they all need someplace to do that. Embrace change. Save the earth.

    June 3, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hugh

    Send Palin South to help clean up? Isn't there a big enough mess down there now?

    June 4, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. Deadhorse Charlie

    silly sarah silly - what a clown

    June 6, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. eltrip

    Wouldn't it be smarter to use up everyone else's oil first? Then we'd be the last folks to have oil.

    June 7, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Norm

    I'm Canadian and very proud of that fact but I'm also proud to know many fine American people, many I've known my entire life. I feel such sadness and hurt in my heart at what has happened to your country and all I can hope for is that all of you, as a country, wake up to the fact that oil is not the future. Our country, as well as all others around the globe need to realize this as well or else we are all doomed to have people as out of touch like Palin taking office and signing our death sentences.

    June 7, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dosia Paclawskyj

    If you actually believed Sarah Palin, just Google "safety of arctic oil drilling" and see how this is a contradiction in terms.

    June 7, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. john clark

    This woman is crazy, Im from the alaska, and i tell people in alaska she is crazy, and they agree with me. The job she had as governor was just a job. it wasnt leadership . any body that was governor at the time would of done the same thing and do alot more better than her. She got money hungry and went for it. Opened up her mouth and thinked she could say something about the people up here. but she left after she got the approval for a permit to drill. thats how she left, she got her big fat check and left, jer personal goals were finished, she is nothing to people up here cause she havent done nothing for anybody. Watch out.. this woman will take anything she can get

    June 10, 2010 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Laura

    Why don't we dip her in some of the Gulf oil and have her float ion the water n the hot sun for awhile. I bet something intelligent might come out of her mouth then.

    June 11, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. 1rooster

    Sarah Palin also says that global warming is a bunch of bunk.

    July 7, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. PeteC

    This woman is pathetic. She is not simply a moron she is dangerous and an enemy of the American public. I am not just saying this to be "pile on". She flat out LIED about the "Death panels" and because so many Americans have the same vile "we aren't happy unless someone suffers, preferably gays or people of color", stupidity they listen to her. To such a degree that Congress completely dropped ALL references to "End of life" discussions between the Dr. and the patient. So many of these same idiots that listened to her will NOT benefit from that consult. And why? So some idiot could claim a political victory. And WHEN will the Democrats DEMAND that these fools stand up and explain their "Chant-olitics"? How does "drill baby drill" benefit America if the oil goes onto the open market? How does "we're fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them over here" work? There are more Muslims than ANY other religious group on the planet. It took only 19 nutcases to pull off 9/11, and they can't free another 19 because we have a relatively small number of soldiers in their countries? How stupid do you have to be to believe that?

    July 7, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
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