Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) denounced President Obama's decisiont today to expand offshore drilling.

The New Jersey Democrat used a variation of Sarah Palin's "drill, baby, drill" campaign rhetoric to call the expansion a threat to the environment.

"Giving Big Oil more access to our nation’s waters is really a Kill, Baby, Kill policy: it threatens to kill jobs, kill marine life and kill coastal economies that generate billions of dollars," said Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

"Offshore drilling isn’t the solution to our energy problems, and I will fight this policy and continue to push for 21st century clean energy solutions.”