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Author:  Catherine [ Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:09 am ]


Palin: the real scandal

"I love the woman," the pilot on our flight shouts over the noise of the engine, "especially what she wants to do with oil, we just have to drill more, there is no alternative. What's the point of leaving it all in the ground?"

It is a stance that guaranteed John McCain's new running mate a rapturous reception at the Republican convention this week where the response to the coming energy crisis was a chant of "drill, baby, drill".

But the woman who could soon be a 72-year-old's heartbeat away from the United States presidency has an environmental policy so toxic it would make the incumbent, George Bush, blush.

*She wants to start drilling. She wants to block US moves to list the polar bear as an endangered species. And she has allowed big game hunters to shoot Alaska's bears and wolves from low-flying planes

*Governor Palin would also like to bring open-cast coal mining to Alaska's Brooks Range Mountains, an act of environmental vandalism in the eyes of many.

*Her support in Alaska relies on squeezing more money for the state from the oil companies themselves. In Alaska, every man woman and child is in line for a bonus cheque of about $2,000 (£1,100) from the state's massive oil wealth fund. This is, in effect, a vote-buying machine for the would-be Vice-President.

*Hundreds of spills involving tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil and other petroleum products occur in the area each year. Decades-old spills are still a problem and 17,000 acres of wildlife and marine habitat have already been destroyed.

*But Prudhoe is just a tiny fraction of the area being targeted by Governor Palin and the oil companies. A similar fate of environmental destruction awaits the entire coastal plain as well as the special areas of the western Arctic – home to migratory caribou herds, musk oxen, wolverines, grizzly and polar bears should a McCain-Palin administration be elected.

*Big game hunters are happy to pay lots of money to shoot wolves and bears from the air. They also chase them across the snow to the point of exhaustion and then land the planes on skis, shooting them from point-blank range. The animals are considered endangered across the "lower 48" states of America, but not Alaska. The hunters keep and sell the animals' pelts.

*Last year, Mrs Palin proposed offering a bounty of $150 per wolf, as long as the hunter provided the wolf's foreleg as proof of the kill. The measure did not pass. She even spent $400,000 on a state-funded campaign to block attempts to end the hunt.

*Trish Rolfe, who runs the Sierra Club's Alaska office, thinks Governor Palin has been a disaster for Alaska's environment. "The idea that she stands up to the oil companies is a joke," she says.

*"The governor pays lip service to the issue of global warming but denies it is man made. She will not even spend money to help the Inupiaq villages which are about to fall into the sea."

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Author:  wiseoldgranny [ Sat Sep 06, 2008 7:11 pm ]
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Let's don't forget banning books from the library and firing the librarian when she/he refused. Wanting intelligent design taught in school. Wanting abstinance only taught in school. Firing a Safety sec for refusing to have her ex-brother in law fired as a trooper (2 years after the divorce) rather than letting the law handle it. She's being investigated by a bi-partisan committee for abuse of power. (haven't we just had more than 8 years of that? Lying about selling the state jet on e-bay and lying about making a profit. Lying about telling them "thanks but no thanks" for the bridge to nowhere while keeping the money and having been for it until it drew criticism. Having paid an Abramnoff lobbyist to get earmarks for her town to the tune of $37 million(?). Lying about Obama and not being called on it. She did lower taxes on real estate, but raised sales tax for a sports arena in a town of less than 9,000 people.

HI! :)

Author:  A Proud Liberal [ Sat Sep 06, 2008 11:06 pm ]
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wiseoldgranny wrote:
Wanting intelligent design taught in school.

This repackaged creationism is the scourge of real science. The War Chimp has overseen the ruination of a top scientific/engineering producing country to a second tier consumer driven society. We don't need another scientific moron.

wiseoldgranny wrote:
Wanting abstinance only taught in school.

Her own family is a prime example of the failure of such teaching. A seventeen-year-old pregnant daughter!!! Palin says she is proud that her daughter has decided to keep the baby. A hypocritical statement of the worst kind since she advocates no choice in the matter. Repug ignorance on display without any acknowledgement of its severe and obvious flaws.

wiseoldgranny wrote:
Lying about selling the state jet on e-bay and lying about making a profit.

It was listed on Ebay but received only a single serious bid that fell through. The final sale was at a $600,000 loss to a businessman that had contributed to her Gubernatorial run and to the campaign to the State Speaker of House, who brokered the final deal. This doesn't even pass the initial smell test, but she continues to tout it as an accomplishment!!

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