Drill, Baby, Drill!: Palin

Renewable energy, domestic oil development are complementary
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2009 5:15 PM CDT
FILE - In this July 26, 2009, file photo then Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gives her resignation speech during a ceremony in Fairbanks, Alaska, where Palin turned over the governorship to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell.   (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)
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(Newser) – Even as the US develops renewable-energy sources and cars that don’t need gas, it’s important to recognize that petroleum will be a part of our lives for some time, writes Sarah Palin. And as long as we need it, we should be getting as much as possible from our own land. "Building an energy-independent Amer­ica will mean a real economic stimulus," argues the former Alaska governor.

Environmentalists who oppose domestic drilling should consider that many of the countries we import from don’t have or don’t enforce environmental protection laws—laws US drilling operations would follow. “In effect, American environmentalists are preventing responsible development here at home while supporting irresponsible development overseas,” Palin writes for the National Review.