Palin Blames BP Spill on “Extreme Enviros”

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Sarah Palin has posted a new screed on Facebook bashing environmentalists for being the cause of the Gulf oil spill. No, really:

This is a message to extreme “environmentalists” who hypocritically protest domestic energy production offshore and onshore. There is nothing “clean and green” about your efforts. Look, here’s the deal: when you lock up our land, you outsource jobs and opportunity away from America and into foreign countries that are making us beholden to them. Some of these countries don’t like America. Some of these countries don’t care for planet earth like we do – as evidenced by our stricter environmental standards.

With your 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.

Yes, that’s it. The enviros forced BP to drill in the Gulf of Mexico, because they blocked drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge instead, which would somehow be less dangerous. (Not that it’s remote, frozen, and environmentally sensitive or anything.) I wish she were alone; but alas, Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski also pushed this idea in a recent hearing on the spill.

The former half-term governor is also using Twitter to get her message out: “Extreme Greenies:see now why we push”drill,baby,drill”of known reserves&promising finds in safe onshore places like ANWR? Now do you get it?”

Perhaps it’s just me, but I remember that slogan being much shorter:

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  • Kate Sheppard was a staff reporter in Mother Jones' Washington bureau from 2009 to 2013. She is now a senior reporter and the energy and environment editor at The Huffington Post. She can be reached by email at kate (dot) sheppard (at) huffingtonpost (dot) com and you can follow her on Twitter @kate_sheppard.