Monday, March 15, 2010

Palin: Look! My Exxon-Funded Study Shows Drilling Is Great

Sarah Palin's ripping on the Obama administration again, posting a lengthy article on (where else) her Facebook page attacking the President for not allowing more offshore drilling. Let's take a look:
According to a study by the American Energy Alliance, opening the OCS to drilling could create as many as 1.2 million new jobs and add hundreds of billions of dollars annually to the US economy. Those are real American jobs – and great American opportunities – that can’t be outsourced. Offshore drilling would provide billions in revenue for our states, allowing them to reduce their budget deficits without raising taxes.
Great! Looks like Sarah's discovered the American Energy Alliance in her wanderings since quitting as Governor of Alaska. The AEA's a handy tool for drilling advocates who need bogus studies to cite in order to sound like reasonable people as they propose spending billions on obsolete, polluting energy technologies.

For those just tuning in, AEA calls itself the "grassroots arm" of the Exxon-funded Institute for Energy Research, so when an AEA report concludes that we can create great new jobs in offshore drilling without damaging the environment or wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on wasteful subsidies, just think "Philip Morris study shows smoking is great for kids" and you're basically there. (Check out some of our past work on the similar tactics of Big Tobacco and Big Oil in fighting reform).

Today's post: yet another new low for a politician who once accepted the science of global warming, but now denies it.

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