As seen on Twitter:

Extreme 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?

As if ecological disasters only happened in offshore drilling. Besides, Palin completely misunderstands the argument against continued drilling; oil is a limited resource, and we need to be reducing our consumption of it, not increasing it. There are lots of useful things we should be conserving the oil for, and we should be replacing it where possible with more sustainable alternatives.

BTW, for those of you on Twitter, I recommend following BPGlobalPR, a hilarious account that tipped me to Palin’s tweet. A sample tweet:

If we’re being accused of being criminals, we want to be tried by a jury of our peers- wealthy execs who don’t give a damn. #fairisfair

UPDATE: Wait – it gets better. Palin repeatedly used “Drill, Baby, Drill” in conjunction with deep water (“outer continental shelf”, where the Deepwater Horizon was) drilling, calling it “safe”. And we have video.

  • I should add, since I failed to mention it in the original post – that her implication is that BP was doing deepwater drilling because they were prohibited from drilling elsewhere. That's not true at all.

  • mvirenicus

    palin is representative of the 28% batshit crazy segment of the american population. what the rest of us should be doing is pushing our so-called leadership for alternative energy solutions, throwing the book at these corporate bastards and forcing them to clean up the mess on their own dime, even if the govt has to nationalize their resources. i'm tired of capitalism and its apologists. i'm tired of all the namby-pamby hot air from politicians. it's time to take over these corporations and run up the red flag, dammit! the last couple years are proof positive that capitalism offers nothing but destruction and misery for the bulk of humanity.

  • Tudorman

    Why is it that when BP screws up everybody swears they are going to pay for their mess down to the last damn dime, but when GM, or AIG, or a big Wall Street bank screws up royally, they get a taxpayer funded bailout?

  • mvirenicus

    I agree with the sentiment, tudor. I originally included “bankers” in my previous comment to this post but edited it out for the sake of focus and simplicity. All these corporate entities are out of control. I will go to my grave advocating for an economic system that will provide for the common good instead of profits. There is no room for a BP or goldman-sachs in my ideal scenario. That's where we diverge.

  • Of course it's true. BP – and every oil company – is restricted from drilling in lots of places, including ANWR and most of the coastal United States.

    What are you talking about?

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