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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