Under drilling -- from Sarah Palin -- on gas prices,
Obama flips on domestic production
President Gutsy announced today:
...the government would hold annual onshore lease sales in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve; extend the life of leases in the Gulf of Mexico and in some areas off the coast of Alaska for one year; speed up ongoing Interior Department testing in the mid- and south-Atlantic to gauge the level of resources; and establish an interagency task force to coordinate permitting for offshore drilling in Alaska.Even
The White House is making the policy shifts after taking intense criticism from Republicans in recent weeks over energy policy as gas prices have topped $4 per gallon in some parts of the country.
Alaska's senators, Republican Lisa Murkowski and Democrat Mark Begich, Rep. Don Young (R) and Republican Gov. Sean Parnell have been pushing the Obama administration to allow more drilling in their state's federal lands, but have been frustrated by the White House's resistance.
"For heaven's sakes, if we can't drill in the National Petroleum Reserve — an area specifically designated by Congress for oil and gas production — where can we drill?" Murkowski, the ranking member of Energy and Natural Resources Committee, asked at one point.
Read it all at The Hill.
Thank you Governor Mrs. Todd Palin.