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 McCainSanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' GOP casts Sanders as 2020 boogeyman Overnight Defense: GOP lawmaker takes unannounced trip to Syria | Taliban leader pens New York Times op-ed on peace talks | Cheney blasts paper for publishing op-ed 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.

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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 KerryJohn Kerry: Democratic debate 'was something of a food fight' Kerry responds to Trump accusation he violated Logan Act: 'Another presidential lie' Mellman: Primary elections aren't general elections MORE (D-Mass.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThis week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Congress set for clash over surveillance reforms Five things to know about emerging US, Taliban peace deal 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.