The Washington Times - September 2, 2008, 08:21PM

Alaskans at the Republican National Convention are taking a cause from their backyard straight to the convention center floor.

Delegates that had gathered prior to tonight’s speeches sported helmets with the slogans “Drill Here” and “Drill Now,” a reference to their support for increased and immediate domestic oil drilling, which could include drilling in Alaska’s own Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.


Drilling in ANWR is a cause that hasn’t received an endorsement from presidential nominee Sen. John McCain. But his newly-announced running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is all for it.

Dave Lewis, an Alaska delegate from Eagle River, tried to explain the reasons state residents can support a cause opposed in many liberal strongholds.

Mr. Lewis said the oil industry has proven it can drill responsibly and must adhere to strict environmental regulations in the state. He also invited those opposed to the practice to visit his state for a first-hand look.

“With the focus on Alaska, folks may start to focus on the facts,” Mr. Lewis said. “They ought to come up and find out.”


Gary Emerling reporter, The Washington Times