Politics

Drilling Advocate Sarah Palin Criticizes Obama's Oil Spill Reaction

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Sarah Palin, who cried "drill, baby, drill" any chance she got during the 2008 presidential race, is now criticizing President Obama's efforts to clean up the Gulf oil spill.

Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Palin questioned whether there was "any connection" between Obama's campaign donations from oil companies and him "taking so doggone long to get in there, to dive in there, and grasp the complexity and the potential tragedy that we are seeing here in the Gulf of Mexico."

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said that is just nonsense. "My suggestion to Sarah Palin would be to get slightly more informed as to what's going on in and around oil drilling in this country," Gibbs said on CBS News' "Face the Nation." "Every bit of government has been activated. The president has told the team to spare nothing in trying to cap this well.

"I'm almost sure that the oil companies don't consider the Obama administration a huge ally. We proposed windfall profits tax when they jacked their oil prices up to charge more for gasoline."

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The oil and gas industry donated $2.4 million to Palin's running mate, John McCain, for the 2008 election, and almost $900,000 to Obama, according to the Los Angeles Times, which cites data from the Center for Responsive Politics' opensecrets.org website.

Palin said she still supports oil drilling but "these oil companies have got to be held accountable. Maybe this is a lesson too for those who oppose safe, domestic supplies being extracted on our shores and on the land."