By Brad Friedman on 5/3/2010
After hearing the lazy corporate media meme over the last several days asking whether the BP oil spill catastrophe was “Obama’s Katrina”, it was nice to see the meme properly re-aligned last night on Twitter by @OTOOLEFAN who announced: “This oil spill is Sarah Palin’s Katrina.”
Apparently he wasn’t the first, however, to do so, as the ubiquitous @Shoq gave credit to @yrustupid’s first invocation.
Palin: ‘Trust The Oil Industry’
By ANDY BARR
In the wake of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said over the weekend that she hopes the country will be able to “trust the oil industry.”
Palin called the spill “very tragic” during a speech Saturday night in Independence, Mo., according to the Kansas City Star.
But as a major proponent of offshore drilling, the former Republican vice presidential nominee said that she’d still wants “our country to be able to trust the oil industry.”
“We’ve got to tap domestically because energy security will be the key to our prosperity,” she said as part of a 30-minute speech, which she echoed in large part the next day in Wichita, Kan.
The oil began gushing nearly two weeks ago when an offshore drilling rig contracted by the giant energy company BP exploded and sank. And Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said on Sunday could take up to 90 days to cap the well.
In a post on Facebook and in subsequent tweets, Palin has expressed sadness over the incident, comparing it to the Exxon Valdez spill the ravaged Alaska.
Palin, though, has urged the administration to move forward with plans to expand offshore drilling.
“All responsible energy development must be accompanied by strict oversight,” she wrote on Facebook, “but even with the strictest oversight in the world, accidents still happen.”
“No human endeavor is ever without risk – whether it’s sending a man to the moon or extracting the necessary resources to fuel our civilization,” she wrote. “I continue to believe in it because increased domestic oil production will make us a more secure, prosperous and peaceful nation.”
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