Palin: White House, Congress blocking use of ‘God-given’ U.S. energy

“There is an inherent link between energy and prosperity, between energy and security, and between energy and freedom. We do need to drill here and drill now,” Palin said, reprising the GOP's “drill here, drill now” slogan from the 2008 presidential campaign, when she was Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainRubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts The VA's woes cannot be pinned on any singular administration Overnight Defense: Mattis offers support for Iran deal | McCain blocks nominees over Afghanistan strategy | Trump, Tillerson spilt raises new questions about N. Korea policy MORE's (R-Ariz.) running mate.

Palin’s comments echo criticisms by many Capitol Hill Republicans who allege that the Obama administration is stymieing development of offshore oil and natural gas.

Offshore drilling bans that had covered the Atlantic and Pacific coasts lapsed in 2008. But the Interior Department has yet to lay out the administration’s offshore drilling policy, and oil industry groups say the White House is dragging its feet on the issue.

President Obama has signaled support for expanded offshore drilling as part of his call for a broader energy and climate change policy that includes limits on greenhouse gas emissions.

The administration strongly backs nuclear power. In February President Obama personally announced the first Energy Department loan guarantees for building new nuclear reactors under a financing program authorized in 2005. And the fiscal year 2011 White House budget request seeks to triple of the level of nuclear plant loan guarantees available to over $54 billion.

The energy and climate change bill that Sens. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryFor the sake of national security, Trump must honor the Iran deal Bernie Sanders’s 1960s worldview makes bad foreign policy DiCaprio: History will ‘vilify’ Trump for not fighting climate change MORE (D-Mass.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDurbin: I had 'nothing to do' with Curbelo snub Republicans jockey for position on immigration Overnight Health Care: House passes 20-week abortion ban | GOP gives ground over ObamaCare fix | Price exit sets off speculation over replacement MORE (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) are crafting is expected to include expanded federal support for nuclear power and promote wider domestic drilling.