Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is using the Gulf Coast oil spill to promote the issue of drilling in the Alaskan Wildlife National Refuge - the 20-million protected acres where untapped oil and gas reserves have long served as a lightning rod of controversy.
"Xtreme Greenies: see now why we push 'drill,baby,drill' of known reserves & promising finds in safe onshore places like ANWR? Now do you get it?" the former Republican vice presidential nominee wrote Tuesday evening on her Twitter account.
That comment followed a similarly-themed tweet last week after President Obama announced a moratorium on deep offshore drilling for six months, while an independent commission reviews the explosion of the BP rig that caused the ongoing leak.
"Deep offshore moratorium? Then correspondingly allow more onshore drilling, incl ANWR reserves. Domestic oil's still required in US industry," she tweeted Thursday.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Palin was a strong advocate of drilling both offshore and in ANWR, a position that was repeatedly expressed her now-famous phrase "Drill Baby Drill."
In her October 2008 vice presidential debate with Joe Biden, Palin specifically took aim at him for opposing offshore drilling efforts.
"You even called drilling - safe, environmentally-friendly drilling offshore - as raping the outer continental shelf," Palin said at the debate.
"There - with new technology, with tiny footprints even on land, it is safe to drill and we need to do more of that."