(CNN) – Drill, baby, drill. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin continues her push for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, arguing against legislation barring oil development in the federally protected region.
“I am dismayed that legislation has again been introduced in Congress to prohibit forever oil and gas development in the most promising unexplored petroleum province in North America,” the Alaska governor wrote in an op-ed published in Monday’s Minneapolis Star Tribune.
The former Republican vice presidential candidate publicly championed the exploitation of domestic energy supply in Alaska’s northern coastal plains during her 2006 gubernatorial campaign, when she promised to “get ANWR open.” Palin continued advocating for responsible petroleum development while on the Republican presidential ticket with Arizona Sen. John McCain.
“As I traveled throughout the country campaigning for vice president, I was glad to hear politicians, including Barack Obama, promise that ‘everything was on the table’ to address America's great challenges. I also found that when Americans were apprised of the facts, most people became supporters of responsible oil and gas drilling in Alaska,” Palin writes.
The Alaska governor traveled to Washington, DC this past weekend for a series of events, including the Alfalfa Club dinner. She is expected return to Washington at the end of the month to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference.