Sarah Palin, a self-described energy "expert," has turned the cry of "Drill, Baby, Drill!" into a mantra of the McCain/Palin campaign. Drill in the Arctic, drill in the Gulf of Mexico, drill everywhere, she insists. Unfortunately, Palin ignores the abundant evidence which indicates that such drilling would not come close to solving our energy needs, or even easing our energy needs.
Palin pouts to her supporters that the United States must drill for more oil and gas in order to become energy independent. At the one and only vice presidential debate, Palin said "It's a nonsensical position that we are in when we have domestic supplies of energy all over this great land. And East Coast politicians who don't allow energy-producing states like Alaska produce these, to tap into them, and instead we're relying on foreign countries to produce for us."
Once again it's obvious that Sarah has a difficult time stringing words together in a way that makes sense. But the real problem is that Sarah is a hypocrite and a political charlatan.
Last June, the U.S. Energy Department agreed to exend an export license for the Kenai [Alaska] Liquified Natural Gas Facility. The current license expires next year. The new license is valid until 2011.
Palin was ecstatic: "In these times of economic uncertainty, this is great news for the state and its residents," said she.
Kenai Liquified Natural Gas is owned by Marathon Oil Corporation and ConocoPhillips. In 1969 it began shipping its product to Japan.
Martha Mendoza, in an article at the Huffington Post, noted that "while the United States imported 771 billion cubic feet of natural gas last year from Trinidad and Tobago, Algeria, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria and Qatar, Alaska is expected to export 100 billion cubic feet to Asia over the next two years."
Sarah Palin is a gas-bag!
Read all of Menoza's article here.