Monday, May 3, 2010

Is Sarah Palin Makin' Stuff Up About Alaska's Oil Resources?

Sarah Palin wrote, "I continue to believe in it [drilling] because increased domestic oil production will make us a more secure, prosperous, and peaceful nation," and wrote, "As an Alaskan, I’m especially disheartened by the new ban on drilling in parts of the 49th state and the cancellation of lease sales in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. These areas contain rich oil and gas reserves whose development is key to our country’s energy security.”

What about the environment in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas? How much oil is there? How long would it last? Would tapping that oil make us more secure? Let's hear from Jeff Short, the Pacific Science Director for Oceana of Washington, D.C. Scientific American interviewed Short:

Q. Why do you think further oil and gas activity should not occur in Alaskan waters?

A. I don't think it is widely appreciated that the Bering Sea and the Chukchi Sea are among the most biologically productive seas in the world. They are particularly bad places to add industry. Beyond basic productivity, though, we really know very little about how the basic food web of these ecosystems works, or even to a large extent what life forms are there—we're at a very primitive state of understanding. Plus, the region is already undergoing profound change due to global warming and increasing ocean acidification.

Q. How much oil is in these areas of Alaska's outer continental shelf?

A. The U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS) estimates there are 22 billion barrels of recoverable reserves in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. If even a portion were exploited, it would be far more than what is currently produced in the state of Alaska. If the total 22 billion barrels were somehow recovered and produced—which is an almost negligible likelihood—it would be enough oil to supply all the U.S.'s [current level of consumption] for three years. It's really more like six months once you get down to what they're likely to recover, though. As far as world consumption is concerned, that goes down to a week or so. So drilling off of Alaska is not something that's going to save us as far as energy security and supply goes. It's just one more quick fix.

Three years supply at most; more likely six months supply. How would tapping that oil make us more secure? Sarah Palin is makin' stuff up: Tapping that oil isn't the key to our energy security.

Where is the domestic oil that Sarah Palin claims will make us more secure?

Scientific American states, "Short knows a bit about Alaska, having lived there for 37 years. He also knows about oil spills, having studied them for 31 years as an environmental chemist for the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Juneau. (He retired from the agency last year.)" The magazine asked Short eight questions. It's an interview worth reading.


Anne NC said...

She mocked President Obama when he said he was considering offshore drilling and that he was reading the studies regarding the same. Palin said, "I've read the studies. It's time to drill, baby, drill; not stall, baby, stall. What a moron she is! As if President Obama was going to talk to her about drilling and since she said it was OK, just go ahead and do it because after all, isn't $arah an expert on energy? Not at all! Who the hell ever gave her that title? Oh, yeah, McCain...what did he base that on? 11 months as an Oil & gas regulator and some "dills" with the oil companies in AK.

$arah, you don't appear to know much of anything about any topic. Go home and take care of your children and grandchildren.

irb said...

Sarah Palin would be more honest if she stated that the sea oil would enrich industry and provide alot of Alaskan jobs, for a number of years. Even if there are 3 yrs supply, it won't all be pumped out in 3 yrs, and it will take some time (more jobs) to get production started.

The sea oil won't do anything long-term for national security, energy or otherwise. It could delay Alaska's day of ecomonic reckoning as the north slope goes dry. Alaska should work on diversification. That's a long-term plan.

Anonymous said...

That she continually references her time as an Oil and Gas regulator just galls me. It was a political appointment by Governor Frank Murkowski to shut her up about wanting to be appointed to his seat in the U.S. Senate.

Nevermind she did not meet the requirements of any seat of the three member commission, never mind that she has no business thinking that she was fit for Congress - you see, she has a history of hubris thinking she should be in positions of power despite her lack of skills, worldview and qualifications.

And also, she quit her venerable Oil & Gas Commission position. It was too hard and she didn't like her commute from Wasilla to Anchorage five days a week, 9 to 5.

Anonymous said...

Tapping Alaska's sea and ANWR oil is a STATE politician's dream come true. The NATIONAL interest is something else.

Mike W. said...

I think we are missing the big point about caribou barbie... the more oil that is pumped out of the ground the more money goes into the fund that gets distributed to Alaska's people, (something like $1500 a head last year?). So she is ONLY interested in ways to increase her personal wealth at whatever expense to anyone else.

She's a media whore and is only interested in the money.

Anonymous said...

This is the last nail in her coffin. Thanks.

AKRNC said...

For those of you who live in Alaska, why are people on her FB page thanking her for all she did during the Exxon Valdez spill? Has she told some other whopper of a lie that I missed. I know the attorneys on the case said she had NOTHING to do with the settlement but she has this line in her book about how she directed them "to write an amicus brief" that helped them to settle the case as if $arah came up with this legal idea all on her own. I have no doubt that she hasn't a clue as to what it means but she sure as hell is taking credit for something. There's also a lot of B.S. for how brave she is for going through this again with her family, referring to the Gulf of Mexico. The gall of this woman. If there was a God, he'd strike her down dead for lying.

Anonymous said...

Send this to Geoffrey Dunn. It is one of Sarah Palin's lies.

"These areas contain rich oil and gas reserves whose development is key to our country’s energy security.” - SP