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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 07:36 PM
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Sarah Palin e-mails shows hostility toward Big Oil as Republican governor of Alaska
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Source: The Washington Post

Sarah Palin for the most part hews closely these days to the Republican Partys political orthodoxy. She says she hates President Obamas health-care legislation; favors a smaller, less-costly government; stridently opposes abortion; and believes in American exceptionalism.

But on one issue in particular the partys long-standing ties to large oil and gas companies that have helped underwrite its attempts to seize and hold power in Washington the Palin that emerges from e-mails during her Alaska governorship is a definite renegade.

Scornful, dismissive, avoiding and demeaning these were her persistent attitudes in private as well as public dealings in 2007 and 2008 with oil giants ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and BP, which produce most of Alaskas energy and thus accounted for around four-fifths of its tax revenues.

While a book she published last year still displays her animus for Big Oil and proudly recounts her decision not to pal around with its lobbyists, these criticisms feature less frequently in her rhetoric now. And on the national political stage, shes been supportive of the industrys aspirations to expand deep-ocean drilling, famously telling a crowd of Florida supporters before the 2008 election, Drill, baby, drill.

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