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Palin's Importance
IBD Editorials ^ | September 2, 2008

Posted on 09/02/2008 5:06:44 PM PDT by Kaslin

Security: The impact of prolonged high oil prices is moving well beyond economics. Russia now takes license to assault Georgia, and intends worse. John McCain's Alaska running mate has the only weapon.


When Alaska governor Sarah Palin was chosen for the McCain vice presidential ticket, most attention was on her beauty-queen past and down-home North Woods family life. In reality, she's the powerful governor of Alaska, the most pivotal state in the union for energy.

John McCain understood well that it's the one state that can liberate the U.S. not just from high prices but from increasingly threatening enemies whose power derives solely from high oil prices.

Alaska was purchased in 1867 explicitly to ensure America's energy future. Palin's leadership has done much to develop Alaska's energy resources, but the state is still stonewalled by Congress.

Palin's strong Alaskan presence in Washington will change that.

It's got to because America is nearly helpless in the face of a resurgent Russia intent on reclaiming its czarist empire, an Iran hellbent on acquiring nuclear weapons, a China making common cause with dictators to acquire energy and a menacing Venezuela aligning with Russia and Cuba to control sea lanes in the Caribbean, where 64% of all U.S.-bound tanker traffic passes.

These are all emerging threats. That's why Alaska has never been more critical to U.S. security interests.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008rncconvention; 2008veep; energy; ibd; mccain; palin

1 posted on 09/02/2008 5:06:44 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Bump for later read.

What’s Palin’s expereince in dealing with foreign countries? Iran, China, Afganistan?

We do need Alaska’s oil.


2 posted on 09/02/2008 5:08:01 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Kaslin
Bump for later read.

What's Palin’s experience in dealing with foreign countries? Iran, China, Afghanistan?

We do need Alaska's oil.

3 posted on 09/02/2008 5:08:22 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Kaslin

Palin is the only thing on the news.

Whoopeee!!!!!

No Barack, none of the time.

As long as the Dems keep the media focused on our woman, all the better.

Keep it up, boys! The more you boys attack the girl, the worse you look.


4 posted on 09/02/2008 5:13:36 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Bernanke is a Monetary Slut!)
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To: Kaslin

I think the recent drop in oil prices has more to do with governor Palin than the hurricane survival of the oil industry.


5 posted on 09/02/2008 5:14:55 PM PDT by ryan71 (McCain/Palin 08)
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To: nmh
What's Palin’s experience in dealing with foreign countries?

Well, she has had to deal with a number of Democrat (and Republican) elected officials in Congress (each hereinafter referred to as Anus (is the plural anni?).

6 posted on 09/02/2008 5:16:15 PM PDT by MarkT
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To: nmh
What’s Palin’s expereince in dealing with foreign countries?

As governor she crafted a formal agreement with Canada, I believe concerning oil.

7 posted on 09/02/2008 5:19:26 PM PDT by impeachedrapist (On Free Republic PBD [political bipolar disorder] rules!)
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To: nmh
Governor Palin has negotiated successfully with two more foreign nations as an executive than anyone else on either ticket, thanks for asking......twice.
8 posted on 09/02/2008 5:21:24 PM PDT by allmendream (If "the New Yorker" makes a joke, and liberals don't get it, is it still funny?)
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To: MarkT
"Well, she has had to deal with a number of Democrat (and Republican) elected officials in Congress (each hereinafter referred to as Anus (is the plural anni?)."

She would also be the President of the Senate which means she could cast deciding votes.
9 posted on 09/02/2008 5:21:44 PM PDT by FortWorthPatriot (No better friend, no worse enemy)
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To: Kaslin
“Palin knows energy. She's already figured out how to deliver energy to the U.S. without Congress — by championing state legislation to create a 1,712-mile natural gas pipeline across Canada to the U.S.”

“It was a major feat, negotiating with the Canadian government, educating lawmakers and getting the public behind her. In a decade, the $30 billion project will ship 4.5 million cubic feet of gas a day from the North Slope to Houston's air conditioners, Iowa's farm machines and Boston's winter furnaces.”

“There's little doubt this is the kind of leadership the U.S. needs”

Isn't Canada the 53rd state?

10 posted on 09/02/2008 5:22:19 PM PDT by ryan71 (McCain/Palin 08)
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To: impeachedrapist

I think you mean the trasncanada deal? That was with a Canadian oil company, not the Canadian government. We’re not all thrilled with it either because there were two Alaskan companies that had legitimate bids in, this could have meant more American jobs and more American control over our pipeline but now it is going through Canada and to a Canadian company instead. The Anchorage Daily News has a ton of articles about this from the last year, and a good search feature so you can get the background.

Love Palin but I don’t love transcanada.


11 posted on 09/02/2008 5:24:54 PM PDT by 1972BornFree
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To: 1972BornFree

Also just to clarify, this is for natural gas not crude.


12 posted on 09/02/2008 5:25:54 PM PDT by 1972BornFree
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To: Uncle Miltie
> Palin is the only thing on the news.
> No Barack, none of the time.

Sarah Palin : Powerful

13 posted on 09/02/2008 5:30:06 PM PDT by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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To: 1972BornFree

How are you postulating a pipeline from alaska to the lower 48 without involing Canada? LPG tanker s are politically infeasible.


14 posted on 09/02/2008 5:33:05 PM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: 1972BornFree

How are you postulating a pipeline from alaska to the lower 48 without involing Canada? LPG tanker s are politically infeasible.


15 posted on 09/02/2008 5:34:11 PM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: impeachedrapist; All

You can hear John Bolton speak about Sarah Palin today. He is pretty convinced she’ll be just fine.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2073277/posts


16 posted on 09/02/2008 5:34:58 PM PDT by AuntB ( "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: Kaslin

When we won WWII, it was on a river of gasoline. America was the preeminent petroleum power in the world. I’d like to see us develop coal-to-diesel, shale oil, and methane hydrate and become the world’s largest energy exporter again. Think of the jobs! Think of the effect on our GNP! Gov. Palin should champion such a vision.


17 posted on 09/02/2008 5:38:08 PM PDT by darth
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To: sgtyork

Handing the project over to a Canadian company was wrong- as the saying goes “Canada my ass, it’s Alaska’s gas”

There are some pretty big side issues right now with the contracting logistics, it’s just not a dream deal.

The northslope companies already formed a group to build and run the gasline. Canada’s company competed against them. Palin said there will be only 1 line, and she chose transcanada over Denali. Here is a little background - http://finance.sympatico.msn.ca/investing/news/breakingnews/article.aspx?voteshowresults=1&pollcontent=1687414163&jsdisabled=true&cp-documentID=8107440


18 posted on 09/02/2008 5:40:00 PM PDT by 1972BornFree
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To: Kaslin
Well I had a massive tree fall in my yard this summer due to a strong thunderstorm. It was an immense amount of work getting the limbs cut and dragged to the woodpile. Now I have this giant stump in my yard.

For the past six weeks, I've been hacking away at it trying to get it out of the ground. Yeah, I could call a tree company and get it pulled out for a couple hundred dollars. But I'm stubborn like that. I'd rather spend the couple hundred dollars on beer, steamers and other stuff like that.

So like I said, I've spent a good part of the summer hacking away at this stump with various garden tools.

Well, ever since McCain announced Sarah Palin as a running mate, I've been attacking the stump with renewed energy. Yesterday, I had Sarah Palin on my mind as I worked on the stump and suddenly, miraculously, the stump finally came loose and I was able to pull it out of the massive hole in the ground. I triumphantly dragged the giant stump into the woods, giving full credit to Sarah Palin.

Had McCain picked Lieberman or even Mitt Romney, my previous favorite for VP, I have no doubt that that stump would still be in the ground today.

19 posted on 09/02/2008 5:44:43 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 5 days from outliving Rocky Marciano)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Good point! We have the Dem POTUS-in-waiting trying to convince us that he has more experience than our no. 2. He doesn’t, but it’s nice to see him try. Meanwhile, our no. 1 looks over the scene, smiling, and awaiting his due recognition as the one we want in charge. (I’m sorry, the title, “The One”, has been taken, hasn’t it?) Well, you know what I mean.


20 posted on 09/02/2008 5:45:52 PM PDT by Rsgood Dsbad
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To: 1972BornFree
I think you mean the trasncanada deal?

I'm really not sure. Let me go see if I can find it. I read about it within the past few days, just since her announcement on the ticket. You may well be right, but I thought it involved the Canadian government in some capacity.

21 posted on 09/02/2008 5:51:56 PM PDT by impeachedrapist (On Free Republic PBD [political bipolar disorder] rules!)
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To: 1972BornFree; ryan71

Oops. In the post just above yours Ryan had a reference from this very article mentioning Palin working with the Canadian government.


22 posted on 09/02/2008 5:55:10 PM PDT by impeachedrapist (On Free Republic PBD [political bipolar disorder] rules!)
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To: darth
"I’d like to see us develop coal-to-diesel, shale oil, and methane hydrate and become the world’s largest energy exporter again. Think of the jobs! Think of the effect on our GNP! Gov. Palin should champion such a vision."

Amen! Don't forget the HUGE anthracite deposits sequestered by the slickmeister at Escalante-Grand Staircase. Removing that designation would free up the world's largest anthracite resource. Willie locked it up in payment for the campaign cash he got from the Riyadi Brothers of Indonesia, remember?

23 posted on 09/02/2008 6:01:07 PM PDT by redhead (That sucking sound? It's Sarah Palin, sucking the air out of Obama's campaign)
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To: nmh
What’s Palin’s expereince in dealing with foreign countries? Iran, China, Afganistan?

Isn't that what we have diplomats for?

Seriously, all that should matter in considering the requirements for the POTUS is an understanding of the U.S. Constitution and a firm value system accompanied by the resolve to stand by what you believe in. Everything else can be figured out, reasoned or divined using God given abilities to comprehend and be standfast in your beliefs. Just becuase someone has a certain number of years working for the feds or government does not make them any more likely to successful as POTUS.

The founding fathers believed that the only requirements be that you were a a natural born citizen and at least 35 years of age...nothing else has changed. The world ain't more complex and right and wrong are still well defined for those with moral clarity...

I am more than qualified to be POTUS...48, owner of a small business, a physician, 22 years military, father of 2, husband of 1. I know right from wrong, understand the U.S. Constitution and have a reverence for the almighty.

When did the requirements for the presidency include the necessity for a law degree, time in Washington, bumping elbows with other 'leaders' and being a household name?

24 posted on 09/02/2008 6:01:20 PM PDT by Ethrane ("semper consolar")
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To: SamAdams76; Gabz; gardengirl; Diana in Wisconsin; Grammy; CrappieLuck; billhilly

LOL, you sound like me SamAdams. When I get mad I work my butt off!!! I should get mad more often.

Love your story, pinging the garden thread.


25 posted on 09/02/2008 6:06:01 PM PDT by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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Thank you, Governor Palin, for volunteering to serve this great nation by joining the Republican Presidential ticket.

Let’s go make history !!!


26 posted on 09/02/2008 6:28:50 PM PDT by Syberyenta
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To: ryan71

nope Canada is the 58th state


27 posted on 09/02/2008 6:41:13 PM PDT by Operation_Shock_N_Awe (I'd rather be a conservative nut job than a liberal with no nuts and no job)
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To: nmh
What's Palin’s experience in dealing with foreign countries?

Name one US State that borders Alaska.

28 posted on 09/02/2008 7:00:03 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: nmh
What’s Palin’s expereince in dealing with foreign countries? Iran, China, Afganistan?

I don't believe that she has had any meetings with government representatives from Iran or Afghanistan, but she has met with representatives from China --- and quite a few other countries.

For instance,

Governor Welcomes Diplomats to Fairbanks

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The international representatives include diplomats, business leaders, airline executives and others from Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, The Seychelles, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. Four international airlines--Japan Airlines, China Airlines, Korean Air, and Nippon Cargo Airlines--are participating in Alaska Fur & Ice events over the weekend. Alaska Fur & Ice events coincide with a familiarization tour organized by the Alaska Travel Industry Association for visitor industry representatives from Australia and New Zealand.

(This article can be found at http://www.gov.state.ak.us/archive-3525.html.)

29 posted on 09/02/2008 7:05:53 PM PDT by snowsislander (Anyone who would use the national press to bully a 17-year-old girl is beneath contempt.)
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To: 1972BornFree
this could have meant more American jobs and more American control over our pipeline but now it is going through Canada

How did you think you could pipe natural gas from Alaska to the lower 48 without going through Canada? And why should Canada let you run a pipeline through their country without sharing in the benefits? Just asking.

30 posted on 09/02/2008 7:07:46 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Ethrane

How about the aparently new requirement ‘has been on Meet the Press’? ;)


31 posted on 09/03/2008 6:50:51 PM PDT by allmendream (If "the New Yorker" makes a joke, and liberals don't get it, is it still funny?)
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To: allmendream

LOL...

It’s all become this ‘big show’...24/7/365, everyone trying to grab the power/money/influence with an apparent disregard for the future of the country.

Sad!


32 posted on 09/03/2008 7:21:13 PM PDT by Ethrane ("semper consolar")
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