Here’s are excerpts of a letter from Sarah Palin to Harry Reid that I thought you may find interesting. I found it on the Townhall website. In fact, I am a little surprised someone did not post these before.
In advocating for oil development in ANWR, I have never guaranteed that this new domestic production would immediately reduce the price of oil. However, incremental production from the coastal plain should help reduce price volatility in the U.S. Additionally, ANWR development would send a strong message to oil speculators and producing countries that the United States is serious about addressing its energy problem.
Yet, there is an even more important point. The location and quantity of oil production are changing world geopolitics. Countries that produce significant quantities of oil and natural gas are gaining in power and prestige. Several of these countries have objectives and value systems that are antithetical to U.S. interests. We are becoming increasingly dependent on these insecure sources to our long-term detriment. Further, it has become clear that U.S. petrodollars are financing activities that are harmful to America and to our economic and military interests around the world.
It would be nice if Governor Palin repeats this in her speech tonight. It shows a realistic understanding of the “energy” issues that this country faces and the necessary steps we must take to address them.