By Ben Geman - 04/01/10 03:02 PM EDT
Sarah Palin is alleging that White House plans to expand offshore oil-and-gas drilling are an effort to "shore up fading support" for climate change legislation and said the proposal creates roadblocks to new energy production.
"Behind the rhetoric lie new drilling bans and leasing delays; soon to follow are burdensome new environmental regulations. Instead of 'drill, baby, drill,' the more you look into this the more you realize it's 'stall, baby, stall,'" Palin wrote Wednesday night in commentary posted on the website of the National Review, a conservative magazine.
Palin – the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP candidate for vice president – pointed to the decision to cancel planned lease sales for regions off Alaska’s northern coast to allow further study. President Obama is also placing Alaska’s Bristol Bay off-limits to drilling.
"I've got to call it like I see it: The administration's sudden interest in offshore drilling is little more than political posturing designed to gain support for job-killing energy legislation soon to come down the pike," Palin writes. "I'm confident that GOP senators will not take the bait."