Kentucky Delegate Hopes Palin Influences Energy Policy

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson is hoping Sarah Palin puts her imprint on national energy policy by persuading John McCain to support drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Tapping oil reserves in the refuge would be good policy amid high fuel prices and would score points with many voters, Grayson said Tuesday from the Republican National Convention in Minnesota, where McCain will accept the GOP president nomination later in the week, with Palin as his running mate.

"We have hope that he'll come around on the issue," Grayson said in a conference call.

As Alaska's governor, Palin supports opening the refuge's sliver of coastal tundra in northeastern Alaska for oil production. McCain opposes drilling there, but said recently he's willing to re-examine the issue.

Grayson, a convention delegate, said he hopes Palin presses the issue when talking with McCain.

"My hope is that he'll have that conversation with Sarah Palin, if he hasn't had it already, and he'll see that the circumstances have changed and that he ought to support drilling" in the refuge, Grayson said.


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  • by Frank Location: Pikeville on Sep 3, 2008 at 09:15 AM
    Increasing coal production would help dependence on foreign oil and provide more badly needed jobs and real estate in Eastern Kentucky. When new houses (especially in the North/Northeast) are built, and when old heaters are replaced they should get a tax credit for buying electric heaters. Oil heaters (the millions of them) are inefficient and put out more pollution than the EPA regulated coal fired power plants, thus being better for the planet than the oil.
  • by Bill Location: ky on Sep 3, 2008 at 07:15 AM
    What energy policy??? Republicans have not had a policy in 8 years thats why gas went from a $1.44 when they took office to $4.00 now.
  • by Brenda Location: London on Sep 3, 2008 at 07:04 AM
    sounds like she is far to busy trying to manage her family,defend law suits and make speeches to address energy other than the energy addressing lawyers to defend her actions.

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