PUBLISHED: 5:17 PM on Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Palin supports Bush's call to open ANWR
Gov. Sarah Palin released a statement April 29 supporting President Bush's call to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration in the face of surging gasoline prices:

"President Bush is right," she said. "Here in Alaska and across the nation, communities are feeling the pinch of high energy costs. It is absurd that we are borrowing hundreds of billions of dollars from one foreign country to buy oil from another. It is a threat to our national security and economic well-being. It is well past time for America to develop our own supplies."

Bush reaffirmed his stance on Tuesday that to remedy the nation's energy problems the U.S. needed more oil refineries and to expand use of nuclear energy.

He also discussed the possibility of a summer-long suspension of diesel and gasoline taxes. The president said he is concerned about the environment but the need for fuel is equally pressing.