Right-wing activists have made the chant "Drill, baby, drill" a hallmark of their campaign for reckless and unchecked dirty energy production. Sarah Palin, their leader, has been repeating the chant all the way to the bank. The former half-term governor of Alaska has earned an estimated $12 million since resigning her position last July.
Meanwhile, the oil drilling disaster unfolding off the Louisiana coast is shaping up to be one of the worst environmental disasters in the history of the United States.
Oil is gushing out of BP's offshore oil well at a rate of 200,000 gallons a day with no end in sight. The impact of this oil rig disaster is expected to eclipse the Exxon Valdez spill which dumped 11 million gallons of oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound.
Let's tell Sarah Palin to donate a dollar to Gulf Coast relief efforts for every gallon of oil that is spilled as a result of the BP offshore oil rig disaster.
Sarah Palin is cashing in big time on her campaign to spread hate and environmental devastation. Even when the BP oil spill reaches Exxon Valdez proportions, Palin will have plenty of money in the bank to pay for her reckless rhetoric. What's an $11 million donation to a woman who has made $12 million in less than a year and commands $100,000 for every "Drill, baby, drill" speech?
Bill Maher recently tweeted: "Every ***hole who ever chanted 'Drill baby drill' should have to report to the Gulf coast today for cleanup duty."
Meanwhile, via her own update on Twitter, Sarah Palin is counting on prayers and industry to fight the effects of the worst oil disaster in our history: "Having worked/lived thru Exxon oil spill,my family&I understand Gulf residents' fears.Our prayers r w/u.All industry efforts must b employed."
Enough is enough. Join us in demanding that Sarah Palin donate her "Drill, baby, drill" millions to support offshore oil spill relief efforts.
No amount of money can contain the devastating impact of this spill on the beaches, wetlands, wildlife, workers and businesses of the Gulf Coast region. But we can send a message to the rightwing politicians whose reckless rhetoric threatens to destroy our environment and our economy.
It's time for Sarah Palin to stop chanting "Drill, baby, drill" and "Pay, baby, pay."