Four years ago, we blasted Sarah Palin for advocating oil drilling in the habitat of endangered beluga whales. Now, the Obama Administration has approved oil drilling in the habitat of those endangered whales. Are we supposed to look the other way, just because Obama is a Democrat?
Let’s not just blame Sarah Palin for the troubles of the Cook Inlet belugas. Remember that Endangered Species Act protections for the Cook Inlet belugas were first requested in 1999. President Bill Clinton had almost two years to act on that request, but he failed to do so.
Sarah Palin has been in the pocket of Big Oil, just as Alaska’s other Republicans have been. As Governor, Palin has done special favors for oil companies over and over again, even when those favors required putting the health and livelihood of ordinary Alaskans at risk.