JD Curtis was kind enough to reply to my post about resigned Alaska Governor Sarah Palin & the real disaster in the Gulf of Mexico (link HERE), but I think he missed the point of my post. Here's something a bit more direct...
I agree with your premise that there are few realistic alternatives to drilling for oil.
The above noted, my point was that the issues at play here...
...the need for energy to grow an economy
...the need to protect natural resources for future generations
...the economy that relies on the environment (such as fishing)
...CAN NOT be boiled down into an asinine, ridiculous, insultingly simplistic catch-phrase like "Drill Baby Drill!". Palin actually made that phrase something of a centerpiece for her campaign, which (in addition to being asinine, ridiculous & overly simplistic) has now taken on an almost ironically insulting flair.
Put another way, current events prove that some issues simply aren't sound-bytes, despite Palin's apparent ability to only speak the sound-byte language.
Palin should stick to something she actually knows something about, like teaching abstinence to teenagers.
PS...would you expect the American Petroleum Institute to publish something that was constructively critical of the oil/gas industry? Seriously, would you? Come on man, your reference was akin to the financial services industry touting their ethical standards...namely that they may have the facts right, but those facts...and the API's objectivity...could probably be questioned by a reasonable person.