The editorial board of Investor’s Business Daily wrote a piece supporting Governor Palin’s positions on using domestic energy resources. Following are some of the more salient quotes:
“As administration officials tilt at windmills and talk of painting our roofs white, a real energy solution has emerged from the Arctic deep. So why has only Alaska’s Sarah Palin noticed?” (IBD, 2009, Â¶1).
“It’s a very nonsensical position we’re in right now,” Palin told us. “(We) ask the Saudis to ramp up production of crude oil so that hungry markets in America can be fed, (and) your sister state in Alaska has those resources” (IBD, 2009, Â¶3).
Today, Science magazine reports that the U.S. Geological Survey now finds it holds more than anyone thought — 1.6 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered gas, or 30% of the world’s supply and 83 billion barrels of undiscovered oil, 4% of the global conventional resources (IBD, 2009, Â¶5).
That’s enough U.S. energy to achieve self-sufficiency and never worry about it as a national security question again (IBD, 2009, Â¶6).
“Alaska should be the head, not the tail, to the energy solution,” Palin said (IBD, 2009, Â¶9).
According the IBD, if we do not drill, the Russians — who want to dominate global energy markets will. Com-bloc nations are not exactly known for environmentally friendly techniques either (IBD, 2009, Â¶11).
This IBD editorial is a must-read and should be read in its entirety. While our Secretary of Energy talks silliness such as painting roofs white as if that will produce energy (what exactly is he smoking???), Governor Palin is talking sense. We have oil and gas resources right here. We should use them. Period. There is absolutely no excuse why we should be importing over 60% of our energy resources.
Wind turbines have their place — and Governor Palin has advocated their use as well — but they are a supplement, not a principal source of energy. If we are to remain a civilized, advanced nation, we need to use energy — pure energy — and today that means oil and gas. We should be drilling; we should be building refineries, and in this author’s opinion we should have one standard for automotive gas — forget all these different additives for each state in the union. Auto gas should be auto gas except for its differing octane levels. This is all common sense — clearly lacking in DC, and clearly present in Wasilla, Alaska.
Seeing Chukchi. (2009, May 29). Investor’s Business Daily. Retrieved May 30, 2009 from: http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=328490377890596