This is a great article on Sarah and how she fits the bill for conservatives. Also, read the comments…there are several from Alaskans and at least one from a resident of Wasilla.
Here’s an excerpt and link to The Times UK…
“We may be seeing the first woman president. As a Democrat, I am reeling,” said Camille Paglia, the cultural critic. “That was the best political speech I have ever seen delivered by an American woman politician. Palin is as tough as nails.”
And by the way, did I mention she’s from…
No, you’re not dreaming. This actually happened!
Environmentalists Say Yes to Offshore Drilling
By ANDREW CLINE
July 12, 2008
Houston-based Plains Exploration and Production Company proposed drilling 22 wells from a platform 4.7 miles from land [emphasis mine]. It made numerous concessions to the local environmental groups that would curtail drilling in about a decade — and in the end even the adamantly “no-drilling” crowd agreed that the deal was beneficial for everyone. The Environmental Defense Center, a nonprofit environmental law firm, endorsed the plan. Abe Powell, president of GOO!, told the Los Angeles Times it was “good for the community.” Terry Leftgoff, a former GOO! executive director, wrote in the Santa Barbara Independent the deal was “a brilliant proposal that finally gives the public something back: the certain removal of four offshore oil platforms, the decommissioning of a notorious industrial plant, and the reversion of rural land subjugated into oil development back into the public trust as parkland.”
Read the entire article…
Here’s a photo of the four platforms that will be removed…
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) steps up to the plate and takes a swing. Text at source…businessandmedia.org.
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There is a brief editorial in the Washington Post today about one positive by-product of $4 a gallon gasoline…
Could this be the long-awaited start of a real debate on energy security in the United States?
Sunday, June 22, 2008; B06
IF THERE IS a silver lining in the price of gasoline shooting past $4 a gallon, it’s that it has sparked an intense debate in the United States about its energy security — or lack thereof. President Bush and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) have given the impression that relief for drivers lies in off-shore drilling and the construction of nuclear power plants. In fact, those solutions wouldn’t produce results for years. But if this level of passion and debate continues through the fall election and is followed up by action, the nation will be better off.
Mr. McCain, the presumptive Republican Party nominee for president, kicked things off last Tuesday when he reversed himself in a speech to a Houston audience and announced that the moratorium on drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf that has been in effect since 1981 should be lifted. He got a Rose Garden assist the next day from Mr. Bush, who called on Congress to allow states the option of drilling off their coasts to tap the estimated 18 billion barrels of oil underneath. On Wednesday, Mr. McCain said that if elected president he wanted 45 nuclear reactors built by 2030 “with the ultimate goal of 100 new plants to power the homes and factories and cities of America.”
The mantra from the Democratic Party — from the presumptive presidential nominee, Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.), on down — has been a variation on “We cannot drill our way out of this energy crisis.” Considering that the U.S. is estimated to have 3 percent of the world’s oil reserves, that’s certainly true. But if it is acceptable to drill in the Caspian Sea and in developing countries such as Nigeria, where environmental concerns are equally important, it’s hard to explain why the United States should rule out careful, environmentally sound drilling off its own coasts. Like Mr. McCain, we do not support drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which Mr. Bush advocated Wednesday. That pristine area, with its varied and sensitive ecosystems, should be preserved.
Washington has done a poor job of telling the public that energy security will be achieved not from one source overnight but from many over years and that there are no easy solutions and no cheap ways to break this nation’s dependence on oil. There will be trade-offs and sacrifices that have yet to be considered. So far, the focus has been on biofuels, solar power and wind energy. But all this talk of drilling, squeezing oil out of shale, as Mr. Bush proposed, and pushing for more nuclear power is a welcome widening of a larger and necessary discussion.
McCain moves quickly to react to $4 plus gas prices and gets on the right side of the “drill now!” issue. As for Obama, I don’t see how he can do anything to reposition himself without kicking the environmentalists in the teeth…but he is a slippery eel, so let’s wait and see.
Here’s an excerpt from the article…
McCain Scores Big With Offshore Oil Drilling Proposal
Thursday, June 19, 2008 2:06 PM
By: Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
John McCain has drawn first blood in the political debate following Barack Obama’s victory in the primaries. His call yesterday for offshore oil drilling — and Bush’s decision to press the issue in Congress — puts the Democrats in the position of advocating the wear-your-sweater policies that made Jimmy Carter unpopular.
With gas prices nearing $5, all of the previous shibboleths need to be discarded. Where once voters in swing states like Florida opposed offshore drilling, the high gas prices are prompting them to reconsider. McCain’s argument that even hurricane Katrina did not cause any oil spills from the offshore rigs in the Gulf of Mexico certainly will go far to allay the fears of the average voter.
For decades, Americans have dragged their feet when it comes to switching their cars, leaving their SUVs at home, and backing alternative energy development and new oil drilling. But the recent shock of a massive surge in oil and gasoline prices has awakened the nation from its complaisance. The soaring prices are the equivalent of Pearl Harbor in jolting us out of our trance when it comes to energy.
Suddenly, everything is on the table. Offshore drilling, Alaska drilling, nuclear power, wind, solar, flex-fuel cars, plug-in cars are all increasingly attractive options and John McCain seems alive to the need to go there while Obama is strangely passive. During the Democratic primary, he opposed a gas tax holiday and continues to be against offshore and Alaska drilling and squishy on nuclear power.