Sarah Palin Claims that She Knows How to Fix the BP Oil Leak

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Quick call the Dutch

Sarah Palin turned up on The O’Reilly Factor tonight and claimed that she knows how to stop the Gulf oil leak. Palin claimed that we should rely on foreign countries to fix the oil leak, “What the federal government should have done was accept the assistance of foreign countries, of entrepreneurial Americans who have solutions…who can’t even get a phone call returned.”

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

O’Reilly asked Palin how she would stop the leak, and she said, “What the federal government should have done was accept the assistance of foreign countries, of entrepreneurial Americans who have solutions that they wanted presented they can’t even get a phone call returned. The Dutch they are known and the Norwegians, they are known for dikes and for cleaning up water and for dealing with spills. They offered to help and yet no they too, with the proverbial can’t even get a phone call back. That is what the Norwegians are telling us, and what the Dutch are telling us, and then the entrepreneurial Americans, the company in Maine that has the boom and the absorbents. Those companies that are waiting for the Obama administration, eight weeks later for the regulators to come in and say ok, we’ll purchase from you now. We’ll do all that we can, that’s where some of the frustration is. Now we saw the same thing with Katrina didn’t we? I’m not going to point fingers and make this a partisan issue at all, point finger at different administrations.”

Palin claimed that the priorities of our national government are wrong and we should be spending more money on national security and stop interfering with the private sector. (It is necessary to point out here that it was a relaxation of regulations by the Bush administration, that allowed BP, a private sector company, to operate with less government interference a.k.a. regulation which led to the leak). She also claimed that she made Alaska safer and spent 75% of her time on oversight of the oil companies, but the board that she created didn’t work, and Palin is not telling the truth.

According to Richard A. Feinberg at The Oil Patch, “While Palin was barnstorming in the Lower-48, back in Alaska reality was colliding with her oft-repeated claims that, as governor, she “promised to protect the environment – and we did,” and that Alaska demonstrates that “it is possible to be both pro-environment and pro-resource development.” But during the six weeks between the Nov. 17 release of Palin’s book and the end of the year, a somber, petroleum-stained picture of Alaska was emerging. Largely overlooked by the headlines and celebrity gossip that swirled around the former governor, the Alaska North Slope petroleum system spawned, in rapid succession, no less than five separate spills.” In fact, it was recommended that the state abandon her panel and start over again.

If we are to understand this, Palin’s big solution is to call the Dutch because they are good at cleaning up water leaks, and then we should let a Maine company whose booms have failed quality control tests into the Gulf to clean up the mess, and on top of all this it turns out that Palin’s claims of being a protector of the environment are completely false. The really scary part is that despite all of this, she still has a legitimate chance to be the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, my how far the Party of Lincoln has fallen.

25 Replies to “Sarah Palin Claims that She Knows How to Fix the BP Oil Leak”

  1. “how did the nation’s largest oil fields suffer three unexplained spills in just four weeks in late 2009 under the management of BP, already on criminal probation after drawing a $20-million fine for performance failures in 2006 at Prudhoe Bay? ”

    That was Palin’s oversight panel in action while she was on her jet-fueled book tour.

  2. Hopefully B.O. will get salmonella from the damn shrimp and other seafood he just ate near the Gulf. Giving him the runs will probably give that constipated bull-shiter some believability.

  3. OMG!!! There She goes, Plagiarizing someone else AGAIN! Remember McCain announcing on more than one occasion while campaigning “I know where Osama Bin Laden is and I’m gonna get him!” But I’ll tell ya after I win..??? If she was such an “Expert” on how to fix this “oil volcano” (Not a leak or a spill) then why the hell has she waited 50+ days to tell us about it?? I call Bullshit on her pathological lies, AGAIN! If she really did know how to fix this over a month ago, WHY would she wait to offer her idea? Oh, wait….As a resident of coastal Louisiana I want to know why hasn’t she even put her foot on the ground down here and offered her plan? Why? Because she was TOO busy? She is an idiot and does not know what the hell she is talking about. We were begging for help and she thinks its a good idea to wait to tell the Gulf Coast region a month later? She is a Pathetic waste of a Human Being!

  4. Heck, the situation in the Alaska oil fields is a lot worse than 5 recent oil spills…

    Maybe THIS why Palin left her elected post so hastily nearly a year ago.


  6. @bob, er Bob old chap, I assume you are also a communist because Wal-Mart supports the Chinese Military through its required manufacturing in that country. Oh those wascally commies.

  7. Well if this doesn’t go to show how stupid she is, I don’t know what will. Everything is so simple to her because she’s a simpleton who doesn’t think beyond the end of her nose.

    God, I hope she runs in 2012…

  8. I can’t remember, is it O’Reilly or palin that refuses to recognize that we already have Norwegian, Swedish, Canadian and other international ships in the Gulf waters helping?

    I am also having a problem understanding how Sarah is against big government and wants more money spent on defense. I would ask once again why does the mightiest country on Earth has to spend more than half of its budget on defense? Is that an indication that be in the mightiest country isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? is it worth it to be the third most powerful country on earth and be able to provide healthcare for your citizens like the rest of the civilized world?

    I think I am falling into the Fox news trap. The trap is that if a lie enough times you wont notice that they’re lying anymore. And this certainly is a blatant lie to say the we have not accepted any foreign help when it’s already there.

    Doesn’t say or realize that all of this stuff is going to come back to haunt her if she runs for president? Is that just a rhetorical question?

  9. @Shiva, that should be, doesn’t Sarah realize that all this stuff is going to come back to haunt her she runs for president. Sorry

  10. @Shiva,

    You’re so right– the little lie distracts from the bigger lie, both of which build the platform for the biggest lie.


    She was the ethics chair, the civil chair, on the Oil and Gas Commission. Her policies drove the oil companies to stop drilling in AK, thereby putting the state in deeper debt than her reckless pork spending did. Palin taxed the oil companies 75% of their profits after a certain price per barrel.

    Sarah Palin quit that job. She was appointed to it as an apology by Murkowski for not appointing her to his senate seat which she desperately wanted.

    Sarah Palin’s oversight panel was utterly ineffective and the state had to redo (not sure if they actually did) the entire system, as it was ineffective. Under Palin, there were a spate of oil spills and leaks — luckily, none of them were as horrid as they could have been. However, the point is, that was LUCK, not due to oversight. BP and Exxon were bad actors and the supposed oversight was NIL.

    Once again, Fox has Palin on to talk about BP but fails to disclose that she owns BP stock, or did as of her last tax return / disclosure forms (2007 or 2008 I believe). Keep up the integrity, Fox. Hahahaha.

  11. @Sarah Jones, unfortunately Fox news has the advantage. Simply because all they have to do is say it and not back it up for it to count. At that point you have to rely on the intelligence of Americans to determine if what they are listening to is true or not.

    The old throw it against the wall and see if it sticks method trumps truth everyday if no one questioned you.

    I’m glad that the government doesn’t censor people on the basis of whether or not they are lying, but I’m really sad that we have to have a news organization that cannot use the truth.

  12. @bob, Make sure they know where to send your 10c check for posting as a troll on a blog ok?

    You sir, are even dumber than Palin.

  13. Actually I thought the BillO interview was hilarious. First of all, his body language is screaming “this woman is an idiot”. She screeches, waves her claws, rants…her hair is pulled up tight .. she is angry …

    He asked her “what would you do to stop it”? She has NO answer (not surprising?) But she continued to shriek and babble even when he tried to cut her off. It was obvious he was pimping her stupidity. Fortunately he doesn’t NEED to make her look stupid – she’s magnificent at that on her own.

    We have many many many countries in the gulf helping out. All over the world, people have offered and sent assistance.

    She needs to STFU – perhaps she should go to Anchorage and visit Bristol and Levi? Maybe that is why she’s as angry as she was last night…whatever reason, she was flying.

  14. @Basheert,

    That was my take on it too. I loved how he reeled her in by fawning over her (addressing her as GOVERNOR) and her energy expertise and then spanked her with the big question, even adding the dramatic “GO” at the end.

  15. @bob, CAPLOCKS FOR COOL CONTROL stop shouting it is the key under the tab ahead of shift and beside the A find and use it.

  16. @Oldsun,

    I have to believe Bob’s post was a joke. Too predictable. :-)
    This is a good blog post. Palin offers nothing butempty talk.

    The spill, like the banking crisis, happened because of unregulated, greedy corporate decisions. Irresponsibility at a level far to big…


  17. I liked how O’Reilly gave this simpleton enough rope to hang herself. He drew her in with the flattery she likes so much, then he lowered the boom by asking her questions to which he expected actual answers. As always, she had no answers or solution, only the adolescent snipe she has become all too well known for.
    He had her rattled in a way I have never seen before.

    It was truly comical to see this foolish woman unravel on national TV, because she was being held to account by one of her own. Her followers should know by now that if she can’t handle any interviews not pre-screened, she will not fare well in primaries–much less as president.

    She looked and sounded like a total and complete fool, and if she is actually dense enough to run for president, there will be a lot more of the same.

  18. @Christine, It will be a true comedy if she does run….however, what if she wins? Can you imagine the country under her for 4 years???

  19. He is our president. He represents our country. He is doing a damn good job considering the idiots he must deal with.

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