- In September, Palin told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" she was eyeing the role of energy secretary in a potential Trump administration
- The 2008 vice presidential candidate said her ultimate aim, however, would be to dismantle the agency
"I think a lot about the Department of Energy, because energy is my baby, oil and gas and minerals, those things that God has dumped on this part of the earth for mankind's use, instead of relying on unfriendly foreign nations for us to import their resources," Palin said.
The 2008 vice presidential candidate said her ultimate aim, however, would be to dismantle the agency.
"If I were head of that, I would get rid of it and I would let the states start having more control over the lands that are within their boundaries and the people who are affected by the developments within their space," she said. "So, you know, if I were in charge of that, it would be a short-term job. But it would be really great to have someone who knows energy and is pro-responsible development to be in charge."