...and except for the pro-drilling positions of candidates McCain and Palin, conservation issues are so far getting almost no attention. Here's one exception...oil, climate change and polar bears are at the center of this story. Can we talk clean water and Great Lakes soon?
"Any elected leader in Alaska is in favor of opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling," said di Peso, policy director of the advocacy group Republicans for Environmental Protection, or REP America. "That's just part of the furniture in Alaska politics."
But McCain is opposed to drilling in the refuge, and now Palin "will have to abide by his wishes," said di Peso. "The ensign doesn't get to tell the admiral what to do."
He said REP America supports Governor Palin's moves to move Alaskan natural gas south with a new pipeline.