Op-Eds

Palin Pens Oil Plan

With a new book on the market and no political work to attend to, what’s an unemployed Sarah Palin to do? Shill, baby, shill. The former governor has penned an op-ed for the upcoming issue of The National Review on one of her pet issues: drilling. Palin argues in the piece for the environmental and economic benefits of domestic oil production, using Alaska-centric statistics to make the case for drilling in “the Lower 48,” along with the development of new refineries. “Electric cars might work in Los Angeles, but they don’t work in Alaska, where you can drive hundreds of miles without seeing many people, let alone many electrical sockets,” she writes, adding that foreign developers of oil have environmental standards that make U.S. policy look squeaky clean by comparison. “In effect, American environmentalists are preventing responsible development here at home while supporting irresponsible development overseas,” writes Palin, concluding, “We need to drill here and drill now.”