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(CNN) - Sarah Palin may be set to resign her post as governor of Alaska, but the former Republican vice presidential candidate is signaling she has no plans to retreat from publicly taking aim at the Obama administration.
In a Washington Post op-ed Tuesday, the Alaska governor sharply criticizes President Obama's energy legislation, declaring it an "enormous threat to our economy" that would "inflict permanent damage."
In the 700-word commentary, Palin also takes a dig at the national media and says her focus going forward will be on policy matters.
"Many in the national media would rather focus on the personality-driven political gossip of the day than on the gravity of these challenges," writes Palin. "So, at risk of disappointing the chattering class, let me make clear what is foremost on my mind and where my focus will be."
Palin specifically attacks the "cap and trade" proposal in the White House-backed legislation, under which companies would be required to buy and sell emissions credits. Proponents of the legislation say such a requirement would reduce greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050, while critics contend it would amount to a crippling tax on the energy industry that would dramatically increase costs to consumers.
"There is no denying that as the world becomes more industrialized, we need to reform our energy policy and become less dependent on foreign energy sources," Palin writes. "But the answer doesn't lie in making energy scarcer and more expensive! Those who understand the issue know we can meet our energy needs and environmental challenges without destroying America's economy."
The bill passed a sharply-divided House of Representatives late last month and faces an uncertain future in the Senate where several moderate and conservative Democrats have indicated that they received heavy constituent pressure to vote against the legislation.
In a radio address hours after the bill's passage, Obama hailed the legislation as a "jobs bill" that will "lead to the creation of new businesses and entire new industries."
But Palin instead advocates relying more heavily on domestic sources of energy from resource-rich states such as Alaska.
"For so many reasons, we can't afford to kill responsible domestic energy production or clobber every American consumer with higher prices," Palin writes.