This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," August 16, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: "On the Record" is live in Wasilla, Alaska. And for the next three days, you are taking a journey so far away from home. Former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, are taking us deep into Alaska for the inside story about oil drilling in the United States. Now, since the BP disaster, there is more attention than ever on energy and oil drilling. But the next three nights, you get the real story about the 1002 area of ANWR, a sliver of land that has become the focus of drilling debate and could hold enormous amounts of oil.
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VAN SUSTEREN: So we flew over ANWR. And how far are we from ANWR now?
TODD PALIN, HUSBAND OF SARAH PALIN: We're just about 10 miles west of ANWR. It's on the other side of the Canyon (ph) River over here.
VAN SUSTEREN: You know, Todd, it struck me that it's quite flat and there's not a lot of -- I didn't see a lot of animal life or anything. How far south is it like this? What's the terrain like?
TODD PALIN: (INAUDIBLE) many miles south before we get into the mountain range, as you can see, and so when you see pictures of ANWR in the mountains and moose, I don't see that anywhere here or to the north of us.
SARAH PALIN, FORMER ALASKA GOVERNOR, FOX CONTRIBUTOR: You can look about 60 miles south and still see what we're seeing right now. So yes, as Todd's suggesting, the fund-raiser pictures and the Web sites that show waterfalls and moose and mountain ranges and Dahl sheep climbing along shell (ph) -- that's not the real ANWR.
VAN SUSTEREN: Is there anything to ANWR besides this flat that we've seen? I mean, have we seen pretty much a representation of ANWR?
TODD PALIN: Pretty much, on our flight down here from Prudhoe, down here to (INAUDIBLE) hunting camp, yes.
VAN SUSTEREN: So what about animal life? Have we seen any animals since we've been here?
TODD PALIN: Saw about five caribou when we were landing. There's a caribou across the runway here. But there's plenty of caribou around here normally.
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VAN SUSTEREN: Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin joins us live. And I should say, what a spectacular view tonight.
PALIN: It is beautiful. Every day, we get to look at this.
VAN SUSTEREN: This is a great state. But we had a rather rough start this morning.
PALIN: Weather changes everything and weather dictates your activities and what you can participate in. Weather came in and we had to delay some takeoffs.
VAN SUSTEREN: Weather came in. We had a -- we had a -- we flew Wasilla, had to abort that landing. Then we flew to Palmer (ph), had to abort that landing. Then we had to fly back to Anchorage.
PALIN: Yes. You got to remember Mother Nature wins up here, and you don't mess around. When she says you're not going to fly because the weather's bad, you believe her and then you take your time, do it right maybe the next time.
VAN SUSTEREN: So anyway, we finally did get going. We flew all the way to Prudhoe Bay, to ANWR. About how far is that from Anchorage?
PALIN: Oh, about 800 miles we flew today, up above the Arctic Circle, landed in Prudhoe Bay, and then we took another flight right over ANWR and landed on the border there.
VAN SUSTEREN: You know, it's interesting. I had expected it to be different. I mean, it was -- it was flat as could be and there was nothing there.
PALIN: Yes, everybody expects it to be different because they believe extreme environmentalist fund-raiser posters and Web sites that want you to believe that it is this pristine, mountainous, flowing with rivers and waterfalls and lots of wildlife up there. When we're talking about the 1002 area that is needed for oil development, it is a tiny little footprint in a very remote are that is pretty much uninhabited, that is flat. And some people refer to it as basically a wasteland.
VAN SUSTEREN: Well, let me -- let's -- let me compare for a second, though. If -- right now, there's drilling in Prudhoe Bay...
VAN SUSTEREN: ... in that area. That -- that's actively going on. That is on -- that's onshore.
VAN SUSTEREN: And then there's some offshore.
VAN SUSTEREN: But different from the Gulf of Mexico in that it's not very deep.
PALIN: Oh, different -- way different than the Gulf of Mexico, where those are unprecedented areas that they're drilling in, miles and miles under water, far offshore. No, Alaska is engaged aggressively and very responsibly in the onshore and shallow water off.
VAN SUSTEREN: Are you totally in favor of any offshore drilling?
PALIN: I am in favor of offshore drilling, but the gulf certainly has taught us some lessons. There has got to be more contingency plans in plans. There's got to be greater oversight of the developments out there. We know that here in Alaska, especially with onshore, though, we can do it right. And we've proven that for decades now that we can do it right. It makes absolutely no sense that Congress, that the feds won't let us drill more onshore domestically when we see what can happen in these deep offshore, unprecedented areas.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Now, I actually -- I confess I was surprised by it. I was expecting to see something very different than I did. But I'm curious, have -- is anyone in the congressional delegation, or senators or members of Congress from Alaska in the last 5, 10, 15, 20 years from Alaska, Democrat, Republican, opposed to drilling in ANWR?
PALIN: No. Our congressional delegates have been very much in favor of it. However, those that have represented the Democrat Party -- and one of our senators does represent the Democrat Party -- but he isn't getting anywhere because his Democrat colleagues will have nothing to do with the safe, responsible domestic drilling that can take place in Alaska.
VAN SUSTEREN: But he's in favor of it.
PALIN: He is in favor of it.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Now, in terms of those who are opposed to it in Congress -- let me back up (INAUDIBLE) Have you seen any others -- have any others from other states been up here and taken a look at it?