I really don’t know why there are people who think that Sarah Palin is a brilliant leader who’d make a great president. I not only don’t see that myself, I have a really hard time imagining anyone else seeing it, either.
Palin has joined the likes of Rush Limbaugh in blaming environmentalists for the Gulf coast oil spill, which has caused a slick now larger than the size of South Carolina.
Like the controversial radio host, who suggested that “environmental wackos” might have sabotaged the oil rig to intentionally cause an environmental disaster of epic proportions — just to prove their point about the dangers of offshore drilling, Palin portrays environmental activists as the cause. Unlike Limbaugh, Palin says it’s their activism, not direct acts of sabotage, that caused the mess:
“With [environmentalists’] nonsensical efforts to lock up safer drilling areas, all you’re doing is outsourcing energy development, which makes us more controlled by foreign countries, less safe, and less prosperous on a dirtier planet. Your hypocrisy is showing. You’re not preventing environmental hazards; you’re outsourcing them and making drilling more dangerous.
“Extreme deep water drilling is not the preferred choice to meet our country’s energy needs, but your protests and lawsuits and lies about onshore and shallow water drilling have locked up safer areas. It’s catching up with you. The tragic, unprecedented deep water Gulf oil spill proves it.”
I’m sure there are Palin supporters out there who lap this stuff up like a kitten eagerly laps up milk. I’m not one of them.
Because that contention makes absolutely no sense at all. Not only does it improperly place blame on the people who are worried — and actively trying to prevent this kind of thing from happening — but it completely absolves the oil companies from cutting corners, an act that itself is a more likely cause.
I’ve never once heard an environmental activist — extremist or otherwise — argue that because they feel offshore drilling carries so much potential for damage to the environment, the oil companies should outsource and do it even further from shore where an accident is exponentially more difficult to handle. No one in their right mind can possibly think this is what environmentalists believe.
Just because activists persuade the public and its lawmakers that shallow drilling isn’t worth the dangers, leaving oil companies with little choice but to drill in deeper waters, the oil companies shouldn’t get a free pass for “outsourcing” the work to third parties that apparently aren’t properly equipped with sufficient safety measures in place.
After all, if there’s so much money to be made from getting that oil to the surface, it seems to me there’d be no need to outsource to a cheaper operation: when you’re rolling in black gold, you should be able to afford to do it right and do it safely.
If the oil companies can’t — or, more likely — aren’t willing to, then it’s their fault. Not some activists who didn’t trust them to begin with.