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Wednesday, June 9, 2010
SARAH PALIN TELLS PRESIDENT OBAMA TO CALL HER FOR EXECUTIVE ADVICE, WHEN HER RISK ASSESSMENT PLAN WAS CALLED A FAILURE OF GOVERNANCE
The half-governor of Alaska, by way of her facebook account and tweeting, is telling President Obama that she has the executive experience to deal with the BP oil spill?
Palin is too stupid to understand that in the age of the internet it is quite easy to discover the facts and find out what a loud-mouthed fraud she is.
From the Anchorage Daily News:
Governing failed in emergency response
By RICHARD FINEBERG
Published: August 5th, 2009 07:21 PM
Last Modified: August 5th, 2009 07:43 PM
"I promised that we would protect this beautiful environment while safely and ethically developing resources, and we did," former Gov. Sarah Palin proclaimed at her farewell address July 26, citing creation of two new bureaucratic organizations.
Recent developments at the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) tell a different story.
In May 2007 the governor proudly proclaimed she was launching a comprehensive risk assessment of Alaska's oil and gas infrastructure. The Alaska Risk Assessment (ARA), which would cost $5 million and take two to three years to complete, would be "a thorough, independent appraisal" that would "identify facilities and systems that pose the greatest risk of failure, along with measures to reduce risks."
As Sarah Palin leaves office, the risk assessment is in shambles. According to DEC project manager Ira Rosen, the project is temporarily at a "full stop," primarily because the state has been unable to secure the cooperation of the petroleum industry to provide the necessary information. Rosen also confirmed that DEC pulled the contractors off the job after the project plan was resoundingly denounced during the public comment period that ended June 2.
After reviewing the proposed methodology, more than a dozen environmental groups and informed citizens (this writer included) recommended that DEC terminate the project because the risk assessment's original intent had been severely watered down. They felt the proposal would generate meaningless statistical results due to failure to focus on the condition of field facilities, the implementation of management practices and the adequacy of government oversight.
The risk assessment is just one example of a DEC problem that Gov. Palin has ignored. In May of this year, as Alaska's annual ice jams broke with unusual force, then-Gov. Palin visited flood sites and was effusive in her praise of agency response to the spring flooding. But Ed Meggert, the man who ran the field response for DEC's Fairbanks office for more than a decade, begs to differ.
Although Meggert was pleased with his team's field performance, he also had serious problems with the way the agency's home office handled the spring emergency. In Meggert's view, a bloated and dysfunctional bureaucracy failed to provide the field personnel, training and logistical support necessary to deal with the emergency in a timely manner."
What exactly has Palin accomplished since she quit her job as governor of Alaska? She enriched herself and managed to get hired to speak at real estate and bowling conventions. Most of the candidates she's backed have failed. But she's been quite successful at tweeting and facebooking inane, inaccurate, and dishonest claptrap.
Sue, over at "Helloooo...Mr. President Are You Listening" has a great post up. Read it here.