A new article published today by Reuters sounds the alarm for the upcoming battle between "extreme greenies" (as Governor Palin subtly referred to radical environmentalists back in 2009) and the would-be Interior Department of the new Trump Administration.
As the article notes, the environmentalist lobby is worried that Trump and his Interior Department will work to undo all of Obama’s efforts of "preserving public lands."
President-elect Donald Trump’s shortlist of candidates to lead the U.S. Department of Interior has employees and environmental advocates fearful of a shift in the agency’s direction, from one focused on preserving public lands to one that would open them up to more drilling and mining.
The outcome will have implications for industry access to millions of acres of national parks, reserves and tribal territories stretching from the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico and the viability of President Barack Obama’s efforts to keep the United States in line with international agreements to reduce the impacts of climate change.
He is considering oil drilling advocates like Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Alaska’s former governor Sarah Palin and Lucas Oil co-founder Forrest Lucas to run the Interior Department, media reports and Reuters sources said. Other contenders are several politicians from Western states who favor easier development of public lands.
Any of those picks could trigger battles with environmental groups and cause internal strife at an agency where many workers see themselves as land stewards after nearly eight years of conservation-minded policies under Democrat Obama.
Other Interior Department employees interviewed by Reuters said they were worried the agency’s environmental mandate would be weakened under Trump, and green advocates said they were bracing to resist those changes.
The entire article can be found here.
They accurately quote Trump in saying he wanted to "keep the lands great" acknowledging the importance of being "good stewards" to our Earth. However, they don’t tell the entire story on Governor Palin. The only quote they deliver is her famous motto "Drill, Baby Drill!" However, it doesn’t take a whole lot of digging to get Governor Palin’s entire, accurate, and common-sense positions on domestic energy development.
For example, Governor Palin penned a great article for the Washington Post in December of 2009 where she discussed the then-Climate-Gate scandal and explained her experience in handling changes in Alaska’s climate as the Arctic state’s governor:
"Climate-gate," as the e-mails and other documents from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia have become known, exposes a highly politicized scientific circle — the same circle whose work underlies efforts at the Copenhagen climate change conference. The agenda-driven policies being pushed in Copenhagen won’t change the weather, but they would change our economy for the worse.
The e-mails reveal that leading climate "experts" deliberately destroyed records, manipulated data to "hide the decline" in global temperatures, and tried to silence their critics by preventing them from publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
Governor Palin began the piece as noted above by explaining the shady practices of some "extreme greenies." She also went on to explain the trouble of basing important policy on "sound science, not politics." She also explained her experience as Governor and what she had to do to provide responsible oversight needed to protect the Earth while fighting extreme politically-motivated environmentalists:
As governor of Alaska, I took a stand against politicized science when I sued the federal government over its decision to list the polar bear as an endangered species despite the fact that the polar bear population had more than doubled. I got clobbered for my actions by radical environmentalists nationwide, but I stood by my view that adding a healthy species to the endangered list under the guise of "climate change impacts" was an abuse of the Endangered Species Act. This would have irreversibly hurt both Alaska’s economy and the nation’s, while also reducing opportunities for responsible development.
She also goes on to encourage debate on energy production without "pursuing a political agenda." She added as well:
That’s not to say I deny the reality of some changes in climate — far from it. I saw the impact of changing weather patterns firsthand while serving as governor of our only Arctic state. I was one of the first governors to create a subcabinet to deal specifically with the issue and to recommend common-sense policies to respond to the coastal erosion, thawing permafrost and retreating sea ice that affect Alaska’s communities and infrastructure.
But while we recognize the occurrence of these natural, cyclical environmental trends, we can’t say with assurance that man’s activities cause weather changes. We can say, however, that any potential benefits of proposed emissions reduction policies are far outweighed by their economic costs.
Governor Palin’s comments on Climate Change (as well as her actions as Governor) always tell the true story that mainstream media outlets love to leave out. She’s not an extremist out to cause chaos and damage to our planet. Rather, she’s a proponent of common-sense solutions; coupling oversight with excitement for domestic energy production which leads us to greater independence, prosperity, and security.
The way the media and environmentalists would portray her message on this matter really is no different from open-borders radicals calling anyone "racist" for expecting a stronger border from our government.
And just like how far-too-many politicians became locked down by open borders donors, the Obama administration spent the last eight years beholden to environmentalist extremists which cost our nation greatly.
- CNN: Green Donors Warn Obama, ‘Do the Right Thing’ on Keystone Pipeline (in 2011)
- In 2013, billionaire donor Tom Steyer threatened that all environmentalist donors would flee Obama if he didn’t cater to their demands.
- Or read here that explains Obama’s obligation to the green groups.
The hope is that folks like Governor Palin and Donald Trump owe no such favors to any of these groups, their donors, or their lobbyists.
That’s the difference. And the media know it.