As indicated in yesterday’s post, Sarah Palin has been in bed with big oil and British Petroleum for years. The next logical question is whether Palin was conscientiously indifferent to the failure of BP to comply with safety standards, or whether she intentionally disregarded the impact of BP’s failure to comply with safety standards in an effort to increase the profits of BP, and thereby her state. Consider the positions of Palin regarding the environment:
- Palin opposed protections for salmon from mining contamination.
- Palin was responsible for initiating a lawsuit against the federal government to remove polar bears from the endangered list.
- Before Palin resigned as Governor she encouraged the cutting of timber, mining, drilling and fishing in Alaska.
- Palin has not only been a strong advocate for wolf predator control, but she has shot wolves from helicopters herself. She also worked to encourage others to kill wolves by offering a bounty for every wolf killed.
- Palin advocated removing beluga whales from the endangered list.
- Palin has been a strong advocate for drilling in ANWR.
- Palin has been a proponent of building a rail line across the Alaskan wilderness.
- Palin doesn’t believe that global warming is the result of man’s efforts. Even George Bush acknowledged that the U.S. should reduce man-made carbon emissions.
- Palin spent $500 million in state money to encourage the development of a 1,700 mile pipeline to transport natural gas from the North Shore of Alaska.
- Palin refused to press Exxon to repay Alaska for the unanticipated environmental damages from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill; all the while Exxon continued making record breaking profits in Alaska.
After reviewing Palin’s history of environmental apathy, it is clear she willfully and consciously favored oil companies over the constituents and the resources of the state she was elected to protect. She purposely sought to increase the profits for oil companies at the expense of Alaska. Palin’s hands are not merely covered in oil, but in the blood of the countless animals who died as a result the aerial hunting, loss of habitat and environmental degradation in the pursuit of profit.