Mitt Romney: “I have a vision for an America that is an energy superpower”

posted at 2:01 pm on August 23, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Team Romney has released their official and detailed energy platform in a new position paper, and Mitt is talking it up on the campaign trail today in New Mexico. It’s all great stuff, in my humble opinion: fewer federal regulations; more state self-determination; more drilling, both offshore and terrestrial; less government “investment” in politically preferred pet green energy projects; a quicker green-lighting procedure for major energy projects and North American cooperation; and etcetera.

A crucial component of Mitt Romney’s Plan for a Stronger Middle Class is to dramatically increase domestic energy production and partner closely with Canada and Mexico to achieve North American energy independence by 2020. While President Obama has described his own energy policy as a “hodgepodge,” sent billions of taxpayer dollars to green energy projects run by political cronies, rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline as not in “the national interest,” and sought repeatedly to stall development of America’s domestic resources, Romney’s path forward would establish America as an energy superpower in the 21st century.

An affordable, reliable supply of energy is crucial to America’s economic future. I have a vision for an America that is an energy superpower, rapidly increasing our own production and partnering with our allies Canada and Mexico to achieve energy independence on this continent. If I am elected president, that vision will become a reality by the end of my second term.” -Mitt Romney

THE ROMNEY AGENDA:

  • Empower states to control onshore energy development;
  • Open offshore areas for energy development;
  • Pursue a North American Energy Partnership;
  • Ensure accurate assessment of energy resources;
  • Restore transparency and fairness to permitting and regulation; and
  • Facilitate private-sector-led development of new energy technologies.

Amen to that! It’s often said that, under Obama anyways, America is a energy-rich nation acting like an energy-poor nation. There is a huge and booming global market for energy resources, which we have in spades, yet we continually and quixotically take ourselves out of the game and refuse to get in on a market share that would bring in major economic growth and revenue. A national agenda like this would help put Americans back to work and invigorate our limping economy without adding more costly, sluggish bureaucracy to the mix.

I am going to take umbrage with one tiny titular point, however, about Romney’s plan calling for “North American energy independence by 2020.” I realize that ‘energy independence’ is a politically profitable buzzword, but I’m always wary of it: It’s important not to fall into the trap of thinking that we need to be necessarily energy independent. The key to economic growth and robust prosperity is always to purchase goods from wherever they are most cheaply and efficiently produced. I realize there are arguable extracurricular concerns of not wanting to engage in trade with potentially hostile nations, and I actually happen to think that Americans are the ones capable of most cheaply producing energy anyway and that just taking greater advantage of our own resources will lead to less foreign dependence naturally — but thinking that we need to be energy independent merely for the sake of independence could lead to much higher economic costs and won’t protect us from global price trends. Every president since Richard Nixon has indeed tooted the horn of energy independence, but never succeeded in accomplishing it. Just as long as we’re going for that goal simply by allowing Americans to pursue energy-related opportunities, or not, on their own profit-seeking agenda (and not with the government playing green venture capitalist or imposing protectionist tariffs or anything), I’m okay with it — and that’s exactly what Mitt Romney’s plan is proposing, so we’re all good here.


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ME, too! Mitt says independent by 2020! Reason enough to re-elect him in 2016. R&R!

thatsafactjack on August 23, 2012 at 2:03 PM

America is destined to wear a single, black, State-mandated uniform, and riding bicycles to and from work.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 23, 2012 at 2:04 PM

R&R!
n o w…!!!
…NOT NOVEMBER!
N O W…!!!

KOOLAID2 on August 23, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Complete agreement

paulrtaylor on August 23, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Thorium.

KMC1 on August 23, 2012 at 2:06 PM

More Please!
Mitt Romney: “I have a vision for an America that is an energy superpower”

Amadeus on August 23, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Anyone have the number of that doctor you are supposed to call if you experience an erection lasting more than 4 hours?

phelps on August 23, 2012 at 2:08 PM

I hope Mitt doesn’t fail to mention what people are now paying for gas. Obviously the media doesn’t wanna talk about it.

Doughboy on August 23, 2012 at 2:08 PM

If not for the eco-Marxists we would be energy independent.

One thing Romney must demand is an end to federal subsidies for all green groups. I read on the Daily Caller some time ago that 50% of the budget of the EPA goes to green groups as grants. Who knows how much is kicked in by the Dept of Interior et al.

If these communists can’t survive without taxpayer dollars…Great!

Charlemagne on August 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Mitt wants to drill here and drill now whereas Democrats just want to drill into babies skulls and women’s uterii.

/say it ain’t so

ted c on August 23, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Maybe he wants and “all of the above” energy policy that actually includes… well, “all of the above,” and not just greenie-weenie uneconomical pie-in-the-sky ideas. You know, the kind of energy that actually energizes things.

Wino on August 23, 2012 at 2:11 PM

First he declares war on women and then baby seals!

Mitt Romney please just stop! /s

newtopia on August 23, 2012 at 2:12 PM

the price of gas matters little, now the price of condoms, that’s somethin’ we wanna talk about.

/Fluke and her shagtastic sisters.

ted c on August 23, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Team R & R, on point.

Love it.

beatcanvas on August 23, 2012 at 2:13 PM

This kind of rhetoric out of Romney has me feeling like Anthony Weiner tweeting with a 20 year old groupie.

The Count on August 23, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Presidential. That’s what this plan is.

Curtiss on August 23, 2012 at 2:14 PM

If not for the eco-Marxists we would be energy independent.

One thing Romney must demand is an end to federal subsidies for all green groups. I read on the Daily Caller some time ago that 50% of the budget of the EPA goes to green groups as grants. Who knows how much is kicked in by the Dept of Interior et al.

If these communists can’t survive without taxpayer dollars…Great!

Charlemagne on August 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM

EPA and other agencies have been giving away taxpayer dollars by the suitcase, even creating a one-stop shopping center: http://www.grants.gov/index.jsp

The Find Grant Opportunities feature, located at Grants.gov allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies. Grants.gov is The single access point for over 900 grant programs offered by the 26 Federal grant-making agencies. The US Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for Grants.gov, an initiative that will have an unparalleled impact on the grant community. EPA posts synopses of competitive grant opportunities on Grants.gov.

weaselyone on August 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Anyone have the number of that doctor you are supposed to call if you experience an erection lasting more than 4 hours?

phelps on August 23, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Did you try to read Erika’s thread on media donations?

dentarthurdent on August 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Mitt Romney: “I have a vision for an America that is an energy superpower”

Obama has a plan for America as well, it includes killing grandma.

SWalker on August 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM

But it will take 10 years for the oil to reach market.

Sincerely yours,

The Clintons

honsy on August 23, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Hoooyahhh!!!!

dentarthurdent on August 23, 2012 at 2:16 PM

This kind of rhetoric out of Romney has me feeling like Anthony Weiner tweeting with a 20 year old groupie.

The Count on August 23, 2012 at 2:14 PM


#iWuZhAkKeD

@NeenerNeenerLookitWeiner

ted c on August 23, 2012 at 2:16 PM

America is destined to wear a single, black, State-mandated uniform, and riding bicycles to and from work.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 23, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Obama’s Energy Plan

faraway on August 23, 2012 at 2:16 PM

I don’t see “abolish DOE” in the list. I should probably put this suggestion into that “Romney Victory Fund” envelope, instead of the check…

Archivarix on August 23, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Drill here, Drill now!!!!

dentarthurdent on August 23, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Mitt says independent by 2020. O says that bogus global warming er climate change calls for knee-capping us until gas is $10+ a gallon, and electricity has skyrocketed to $2 a kilowatt hour (vs ~ 12 center per KWhour now). O finds it easy to say they have an “all of the above” plan when they oppose pipelines, shale, coal, fracking, drilling in Alaska and all federal lands, and whatelse not I don’t know.
If you don’t think the O and all the rest of the Dems are ultra-radical on energy, look at the 2009 cap & trade bill that passed the House. Draconian CO2 cuts would have started right away, culminating in civilization busting mandated 83% CO2 cuts by 2050, taking us back to 1867 per capita use levels. This is what the radical Dems PASSED. No way would efficiency and bankrupting green energy save the day for us. The cap & trade bill they passed, if signed and implemented until the end (pun?), would have led to a virtual apocalypse. Call these Dems out for the radicals that they are.

anotherJoe on August 23, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I don’t see “abolish DOE” in the list. I should probably put this suggestion into that “Romney Victory Fund” envelope, instead of the check…

Archivarix on August 23, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Add the EPA to your note.

dentarthurdent on August 23, 2012 at 2:18 PM

thatsafactjack on August 23, 2012 at 2:03 PM
OhEssYouCowboys on August 23, 2012 at 2:04 PM

R&R!
n o w…!!!
…NOT NOVEMBER!
N O W…!!!

KOOLAID2 on August 23, 2012 at 2:05 PM

..maybe a little precipitous, but aren’t all of you just absolutely moist (as I am) over the prospect of a landslide and then the moral imperative of asking Obama to relinquish his POTUS-hood EARLY just as those sodding Obama-Tools tried to do for “W”?

The War Planner on August 23, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Oh my!

Mittens just gave me a Chris Matthews-like leg tingle!

I’m probably not the obnly one, so Axelrod will be putting the Fear & Loathing Express on the tracks immediately!

Bruno Strozek on August 23, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Has the MSM gotten Todd Akin’s input on this plan yet?

forest on August 23, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Mitt Romney: “I have a vision for an America that is an energy superpower”

All around the country Greenies are choking on their tofu and expelling carrot juice through their noses.

farsighted on August 23, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Drill, BABY, Drill!

Pork-Chop on August 23, 2012 at 2:19 PM

..maybe we could all chip in and buy The PantLoad a new sign:

“OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT-EJECT

The War Planner on August 23, 2012 at 2:19 PM

And Jay “The Smarmey One” carney has already declared that the Romeny Energy Plan was written by big oil. Moron.

AubieJon on August 23, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Anyone have the number of that doctor you are supposed to call if you experience an erection lasting more than 4 hours?

phelps on August 23, 2012 at 2:

Winner!
+1

koaiko on August 23, 2012 at 2:19 PM

.

I realize there are arguable extracurricular concerns of not wanting to engage in trade with potentially hostile nations, and I actually happen to think that Americans are the ones capable of most cheaply producing energy anyway and that just taking greater advantage of our own resources will lead to less foreign dependence naturally — but thinking that we need to be energy independent merely for the sake of independence could lead to much higher economic costs and won’t protect us from global price trends.

Look at the price of oil…the reason we started buying a lot of that oil from people like the Saudis was that they could produce it cheaper..it was only a few feet under the sand. However, with oil prices closing in on $100 a barrel we can produce it over here. If we are going to pay those kinds of prices, there is no advantage in buying from Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

Terrye on August 23, 2012 at 2:21 PM

And Jay “The Smarmey One” carney has already declared that the Romeny Energy Plan was written by big oil. Moron.

AubieJon on August 23, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Obama’s was written by Big (and Broke) Solar.

Bitter Clinger on August 23, 2012 at 2:21 PM

But it will take 10 years for the oil to reach market.

Sincerely yours,

The Clintons

honsy on August 23, 2012 at 2:16 PM

I guess it’s time to dig up a bunch of clips of Democrats making that claim – more than 10 years ago.

forest on August 23, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Mitt Romney: “I have a vision for an America that is an energy superpower”

Obama has a plan for America as well, it includes killing grandma.

SWalker on August 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Hmm, how many cyclists peddling 24/7 would it take to replace the generating capacity of a single nuclear power plant?

hawkeye54 on August 23, 2012 at 2:22 PM

As long as the corporations who drill and seek the energy are held accountable for all environmental mishaps and are prevented from dumping sludge in my water supply, Im on board with R and R.

rickyricardo on August 23, 2012 at 2:22 PM

faraway on August 23, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Bingo. It’s not only eco-friendly and makes us energy-independent; but, and most importantly, it makes us all equal.

However, it is assumed that we’ll be biking to-and-fro on bikes from Wally World, while the more equal Pigs ride in black, chauffeur-driven limousines.

But, that’s a given.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 23, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Should suck a lot of oxygen out of the DNC rape and free contraceptives convention. Differentiates priorities between the two parties. Very nice timing. Keep in on the front burner and on the front page.

a capella on August 23, 2012 at 2:23 PM

I guess it’s time to dig up a bunch of clips of Democrats making that claim – more than 10 years ago.

That claim has been regurgitated by left for 30 years, I think. Once they latch on to a number out of thin air, they never let it go.

hawkeye54 on August 23, 2012 at 2:24 PM

EPA has been busy handing out “free” money this month. Maybe that is Obama’s energy plan. Fine companies who make stuff and give money to companies and organizations who provide no physical value to the economy.

08/23/2012 Settlement Requires Boston Water and Sewer Commission to Remedy Sewer and Stormwater Discharges
08/23/2012 EPA Awards Over $16.9 Million to the State of Louisiana to Assist in Funding Safe Public Drinking Water Systems
08/23/2012 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Opens Water Treatment Facility in Las Cruces
08/22/2012 Clean Water Act Settlement Ensures That Boston Racetrack Addresses Wastewater and Stormwater Discharges
08/22/2012 EPA Stops the Importation of Short-Chain Chlorinated Paraffins as Part of Settlement with INEOS
08/22/2012 Petco Petroleum Corporation Fined for Violating the Clean Water Act
08/22/2012 MIT Researchers Awarded $750,000 Grant to Study Climate Change Effects
08/22/2012 EPA to Extend Public Comment Period On Air Permit for Arecibo Waste to Energy Facility; Agency Will Hold Five Public Hearing Sessions August 25, 26 and 27
08/21/2012 Small Business in Topsfield, Mass. Receives $300,000 Grant to Develop Air Quality Monitoring Equipment
08/21/2012 Occidental Chemical Corp. Moves Forward with Cleanup at New Castle, Delaware, Facility

08/21/2012 EPA Announces Brownfields Grants
08/21/2012 EPA Grant to Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments will help assess Allegheny County properties for potential redevelopment
08/21/2012 Public Meeting and Hearing on Sept. 12 Will Discuss Groundwater at Fletcher’s Paint Superfund Site in Milford, N.H.
08/21/2012 EPA Regional Administrator to speak at the 7th Annual Georgia Environmental Conference
08/20/2012 EPA Awards $55,600 to Promote Deckers Creek Restoration
08/20/2012 Responsible parties to pay $29.8 million in cleanup costs for Big John’s Salvage-Hoult Road Superfund Site
08/20/2012 High Expectations Associated with Region 4 Environmental Justice Conference
08/20/2012 Sinclair Oil to Pay $3.8 Million Penalty and Install Pollution Controls at Wyoming Refineries to Resolve Violations of 2008 Consent Decree
08/20/2012 Upgrades at Fairmont Water Plant to Strengthen Public Health Protections, Help Economy
08/20/2012 EPA Awards Over $1 Million in Brownfields Grants to Somerville, Mass.
08/20/2012 EPA Extends Public Comment Period on Plan for the Cornell-Dubilier Electronics Superfund site in South Plainfield, New Jersey
08/17/2012 U.S. EPA’s Regional Administrator honors new “green” AS-EPA office building / Top environmental official in islands for coral reef meeting
08/17/2012 EPA Awards $400,000 to Assess Fall River, Mass.
08/17/2012 EPA Comments on We Energies Plan to Convert to Natural Gas at Valley Power Plant
08/16/2012 Environmental Agencies Invite Public to Discuss Air Quality Issues and Participation Opportunities for Muscatine, Iowa
08/16/2012 EPA Schedules Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Meeting, Aug. 30 in Arcadia, Iowa
08/15/2012 Settlement with City of Fitchburg Ensures that City Addresses Wastewater and Storm Water Discharges
08/15/2012 EPA and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Agree to Transfer Oversight of Cleanup Activities at Clinton Coal Gas Superfund Site from EPA to the State
08/15/2012 EPA Announces Over $50 Million for Final Projects Needed to Remove Sheboygan River Area of Concern from Great Lakes Cleanup List

08/15/2012 U.S. EPA Honors Environmental Heroes for 2012 in Pacific Southwest
08/15/2012 EPA Awards $58,000 to Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to Revitalize Philadelphia-Area Watershed
08/15/2012 U.S. Attorney and EPA Announce Settlement with City of Fitchburg
08/15/2012 Breck Operating Corporation Fined for Violating the Clean Water Act
08/14/2012 U.S. EPA recognizes Kuehnle AgroSystems for innovative algae biofuel work
08/14/2012 EPA Takes Action against Buffalo Area Gas Stations to Protect Ground Water from Petroleum Contamination
08/14/2012 EPA Awards $25,000 to Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, Inc.
to Help Protect and Restore the Basin’s Wetlands and Waterways

08/14/2012 Two Connecticut-based Companies Recognized by EPA as Top Green Power Partners
08/14/2012 Lowell, Mass. Youth Participate in Summer Job Program and Learn Environmental Skills
08/13/2012 EPA Announces Summary of Enforcement Actions for Spring 2012
08/13/2012 EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks Available for Media Interviews at Iowa State Fair, Aug. 16 and 17 in Des Moines, Iowa
08/13/2012 EPA To Hold Environmental Justice Conference in Atlanta, GA
08/13/2012 EPA to Hold Public Meeting on Plan for Final Phase of Cleanup At Diaz Chemical Superfund Site
08/13/2012 EPA Sponsors Free Integrated Pest Management (Pest Control) Training for Multi-family Housing to be held September 12 in Philadelphia, Pa.
08/13/2012 EPA Awards $400,000 for Brownfields Cleanup Work in New Hampshire – Towns to cleanup two former automotive shop locations 08/13/2012 EPA and Federal Environmental Executive Honor Federal Electronics Stewardship Efforts / Award winners have saved $7.8 million
08/13/2012 EPA Awards Over $49,000 to the LSU AgCenter to Document Expansion of the Invasive Mexican Rice Borer
08/10/2012 EPA Announces Public Comment Period for TVA Phase 3 Clean-up Plan
08/10/2012 Icicle Seafoods settles clean air violations for leaks of ozone-depleting refrigerant
08/10/2012 Cox Operating, LLC, Fined for Violating the Clean Water Act
08/10/2012 EPA Proposes to Renew US Ecology’s PCB Landfill Permit; Public Comment Period Begins
08/08/2012 US, Mexico Sign Agreement Addressing High Priority Border Environmental Issues
08/08/2012 EPA Awards $400,000 to Help Framingham Expand Current Brownfields Assessment Program
08/08/2012 EPA to Demolish Contaminated Building at Toxic Superfund Site in Garfield, N.J.
08/07/2012 National “Documerica” Environmental Photo Exhibit Comes to Dallas
08/07/2012 EPA Awards $2 Million to Small Businesses to Support Environmental Innovation, Protect Health
08/07/2012 EPA Finalizes Settlement with Companies for Cleanup at Mercury Refining Superfund Site in Albany County; Value of Cleanup Work Estimated at $9 million
08/07/2012 EPA Reaches Agreement with Carmeuse Lime to Control Dust from its Chicago Plant

08/07/2012 EPA Proposes No Further Action at Campmarina Manufactured Gas Plant in Sheboygan; Public Meeting on Aug. 8
08/06/2012 US EPA Chief, Mexico Environment Minister to Sign Agreement Addressing Border Region Environmental Concerns
08/06/2012 EPA Announces Funding for Research to Improve Air Quality, Protect Health
08/06/2012 EPA Orders a Stop Sale of D-Mand Better Products, LLC.
08/06/2012 Three Utah facilities to pay penalties for Risk Management Program violations
08/06/2012 Colorado ethanol plant to pay $5,850 penalty for Risk Management Program violations
08/06/2012 EPA Awards $100,000 to the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to Reduce Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico
08/03/2012 EPA Awards $400,000 to Help Attleboro Cleanup and Revitalize Neighborhoods
08/03/2012 EPA Awards $150,000 to Environmental Education Association of New Mexico to Improve Collaboration
08/03/2012 Supervisor of Michigan Town Sentenced to Three Years in Prison
08/03/2012 Southeast Diesel Collaborative Conference to be Held in Atlanta
08/02/2012 New Haven Company Faces Fine for Hazardous Waste Violations
08/02/2012 Maine Company Faces Penalty for Violations of Oil Pollution Prevention Regulations
08/02/2012 High Ozone Levels and Poor Air Quality Predicted for parts of Connecticut, Central Massachusetts and coastal N.H. on Friday Aug. 3
08/02/2012 EPA Encourages the Public to Comment on Plan for Cleanup at Scientific Chemical Superfund Site in Carlstadt, New Jersey
08/02/2012 Martin Operating Partnership in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, Fined for Violating the Clean Water Act

weaselyone on August 23, 2012 at 2:24 PM

And Jay “The Smarmey One” carney has already declared that the Romeny Energy Plan was written by big oil. Moron.

AubieJon on August 23, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Who wrote Obama’s? Wait, what IS Obama’s plan?

Doughboy on August 23, 2012 at 2:25 PM

However, it is assumed that we’ll be biking to-and-fro on bikes from Wally World, while the more equal Pigs ride in black, chauffeur-driven limousines.

Ah, most of us will be walking to-and-fro….bicycles will be a reward only to the party faithful and middle management class.

hawkeye54 on August 23, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I just got back from buying some butter…

/

Seven Percent Solution on August 23, 2012 at 2:26 PM

America is destined to wear a single, black, State-mandated uniform, and riding bicycles to and from work.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 23, 2012 at 2:04 PM

You forgot to mention that all goods will be moved by chevy aveo’s and nissan leafs with trailers. Public transit trains and freight trains will be powered by biomass combustions.

Of course, unenlightened rednecks that live out in the countryside and piddle around doing useless things like growing food can use horses and oxen. They are just bitter bible and gun clingers.

acyl72 on August 23, 2012 at 2:26 PM

I applaud and agree with soon-to-be President Romney’s energy plan. Maybe we can or maybe we can’t attain EI by 2020 or ever, but it will still help the economy if we give it the all-out American effort. If it works, it gets us out of hock to the Chinese and then they become our biggest energy addicted customer and we will own them.

stukinIL4now on August 23, 2012 at 2:27 PM

A much better set of ideas than shutting down coal-fired plants and giving billions to Democrat fundraisers who dabble in green energy for a few months and then go bankrupt.

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2012 at 2:28 PM

For the first time in my adult life, I’m proud of Mitt Romney.

Mr. Wednesday Night on August 23, 2012 at 2:28 PM

An Achievable Goal:
Energy Independence By 2020
****************************

http://www.mittromney.com/sites/default/files/shared/energy_policy_white_paper.pdf

canopfor on August 23, 2012 at 2:28 PM

I just got back from buying some butter…

/

Seven Percent Solution on August 23, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Stay away from Ericka’s bottom, it’s already buttered… ;p

SWalker on August 23, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Empower states to control onshore energy development;
Open offshore areas for energy development;

Yay! (Louisiana)

I realize that ‘energy independence’ is a politically profitable buzzword, but I’m always wary of it: It’s important not to fall into the trap of thinking that we need to be necessarily energy independent.

If you plan to win any significant military conflict, you’ll need gas. Ask Hitler. I know there’s more to say on either side of that coin — we can always occupy Canada — but I wanted to throw it out there since actual open war didn’t appear to cross your mind, or your linked David R. Henderson’s mind, who apparently thinks all the war we’ll see in the future, we’ll see hopping around in the Middle East — never a China. But as long as we keep lots of spigots available, I agree we are good using the cheapest ones.

Axe on August 23, 2012 at 2:28 PM

As long as the corporations who drill and seek the energy are held accountable for all environmental mishaps and are prevented from dumping sludge in my water supply, Im on board with R and R.

rickyricardo on August 23, 2012 at 2:22 PM

This has been the law of the land since the 70′s.

weaselyone on August 23, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Pudding on sale at Hy-Vee. I skipped the small cups and picked up a couple of quarts. Butterscotch.

a capella on August 23, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Anyone have the number of that doctor you are supposed to call if you experience an erection lasting more than 4 hours?

phelps on August 23, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Dr. Jenna Jameson.

ToddPA on August 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Nice points, Erika. “Energy independence” is a buzzphrase that morphs into things we don’t want. I never use it. I don’t care if we buy oil from the Persian Gulf. We’d have to secure the world’s waterways, including that one, even if we didn’t. What I care about is that we are tapping our own energy resources, which reduces the cost of transit for the end-products and creates good jobs for Americans.

I like the Romney plan, although it’s too kind to “green energy” — just stop funding it — and it doesn’t seem to push for nuclear power. We need to build at least 30 new nuclear power plants, and every day we delay just pushes the realization of their electrical-power potential further out.

J.E. Dyer on August 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Oh noes!!! Now the DNC will have to change their whole convention theme from abortions to evil oil!! Drat.

bluealice on August 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

more drilling,
==============

Drill Baby Drill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on August 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Hmm, how many cyclists peddling 24/7 would it take to replace the generating capacity of a single nuclear power plant?

Here’s the beauty of the plan…it’s the Bitter Clingers, in the camps, who will be pedaling the bicycles, so who cares?

JFKY on August 23, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Should suck a lot of oxygen out of the DNC rape and free contraceptives convention. Differentiates priorities between the two parties. Very nice timing. Keep in on the front burner and on the front page.

a capella on August 23, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Well, some contraceptives ARE made with petroleum-based products.

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2012 at 2:31 PM

“green energy” — just stop funding it — and it doesn’t seem to push for nuclear power. We need to build at least 30 new nuclear power plants, and every day we delay just pushes the realization of their electrical-power potential further out.

J.E. Dyer on August 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

J.E. Dyer:Excellent points:)

canopfor on August 23, 2012 at 2:31 PM

We need to build at least 30 new nuclear power plants, and every day we delay just pushes the realization of their electrical-power potential further out.

J.E. Dyer on August 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

We need a place to store the waste first. We have to get Yucca back on track before this can come to fruition. The government has been promising a nuclear waste storage and disposal facility for 20 years. If that happens, we can build as much nuclear as energy companies can afford.

weaselyone on August 23, 2012 at 2:32 PM

The War Planner on August 23, 2012 at 2:18 PM

War Planner! You TEASE! Now, I’m all aquiver! LOL!

thatsafactjack on August 23, 2012 at 2:32 PM

I realize that ‘energy independence’ is a politically profitable buzzword, but I’m always wary of it: It’s important not to fall into the trap of thinking that we need to be necessarily energy independent. The key to economic growth and robust prosperity is always to purchase goods from wherever they are most cheaply and efficiently produced. I realize there are arguable extracurricular concerns of not wanting to engage in trade with potentially hostile nations, and I actually happen to think that Americans are the ones capable of most cheaply producing energy anyway and that just taking greater advantage of our own resources will lead to less foreign dependence naturally

I have a vision for an America that is an energy superpower, rapidly increasing our own production and partnering with our allies Canada and Mexico to achieve energy independence on this continent

The fact that Romney talked about “energy independence on this continent” in partnership with Canada and Mexico shows that Romney has a more realistic vision than those who call for energy independence of the United States. Canada, in particular, has far more energy resources than needed by its relatively small population, (not only tar sands in the west but hydroelectric power in northern Quebec), so why not buy relatively cheap oil from our peaceful and friendly neighbor, and sell manufactured goods and food back to the Canadians, produced with the energy we bought from them?

As for oil under the Gulf of Mexico–we might have to share it with Mexico, but isn’t that better than letting the Chinese drill for it in the Straits of Florida while we cut ourselves off from it?

Energy is a much bigger issue that most people realize. If the United States developed its own oil resources, and/or bought more oil from Canada, the oil we buy would be cheaper than oil bought from the Middle East, thereby reducing prices of gasoline, diesel fuel, and jet fuel. Not only would driving a car become cheaper, but products sent to market by truck would become cheaper, as well as plane travel.

If the United States seriously developed its newly-discovered natural-gas fields by fracking, and removed the crippling regulations by the Obama EPA on power plants, natural gas prices in the United States would plummet, leading to many new gas-fired power plants, and millions of homeowners would switch from oil to gas heating. This would give oil refiners an incentive to convert heavy home-heating oil to gasoline or diesel fuel by catalytic cracking, which would further increase fuel supplies for transportation and decrease prices. Furthermore, since gas-fired power plants emit much less REAL pollution (sulfur dioxide, particulates) than coal-fired plants, a conversion from coal to natural gas would actually reduce air pollution–completely driven by market forces alone!

Then, of course, there would be hundreds of thousands of new jobs on oil rigs, gas-fracking sites, refineries, and power plants…

Romney’s plan sounds great…now let him sell it!!!

Steve Z on August 23, 2012 at 2:33 PM

At current gas prices we are sending a half trillion dollars a year overseas to buy oil…Those dollars are not coming back. Americans are experiencing one of history’s largest wealth transfers. All of which is supervised, condoned, and promoted by democrats. God save us from these ignorant, destructive bastards…Go Mitt!

Nozzle on August 23, 2012 at 2:34 PM

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canopfor on August 23, 2012 at 2:34 PM

The only superpower status that the Left likes to tout in regards to the US, is being a superpower when it comes to racism, economic exploitation, military imperialism, and using up the earth’s natural resources. They don’t want us to be a superpower when it comes to anything useful and practical.

ardenenoch on August 23, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Who wrote Obama’s? Wait, what IS Obama’s plan?

A nation of millions of windmills with bird blood, body parts, and feathers hanging off their blades, that is paved over with solar cells with happy faces on them.

farsighted on August 23, 2012 at 2:35 PM

We need a place to store the waste first. We have to get Yucca back on track before this can come to fruition. The government has been promising a nuclear waste storage and disposal facility for 20 years. If that happens, we can build as much nuclear as energy companies can afford.

weaselyone on August 23, 2012 at 2:32 PM

How about storing it all in the Kenwood district of Chicago?

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2012 at 2:35 PM

I just got back from buying some butter…

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Seven Percent Solution on August 23, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Seven Percent Solution:Is it Imperial,or Parkay!haha(sarc):)

canopfor on August 23, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Has the MSM gotten Todd Akin’s input on this plan yet?

forest on August 23, 2012 at 2:19 PM

More importantly, what does pragmatic and the other ABR nutballs have to say about this?

You know they have a problem.

cozmo on August 23, 2012 at 2:36 PM

A nation of millions of windmills with bird blood, body parts, and feathers hanging off their blades, that is paved over with solar cells with happy faces on them.

farsighted on August 23, 2012 at 2:35 PM

A nation in which society grinds to a halt when there is no energy on a calm cool night. Forests will be cleared to provide enough wood for people to heat their homes.

weaselyone on August 23, 2012 at 2:37 PM

I’d also like to point out that energy independence allows us to reconfigure our foreign policy.

I’m also greatly concerned by the recent attempts by the UN to erode national sovereignty and extend its reach into the affairs of developed nations. I see energy independence as a necessary step toward offsetting that erosion.

Further, if we have energy independence, it doesn’t necessarily precluding buying oil from other nations, it simply puts us in control of those negotiations, since we’d be bargaining from a position of strength.

As to additional nuclear power plants, I favor Thorium liquid salt reactors to traditional nuclear power.

thatsafactjack on August 23, 2012 at 2:38 PM

How about storing it all in the Kenwood district of Chicago?

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Isn’t that where Obama used to live? If that is the case, I would say that it probably isn’t a good choice as the waste would need to be kept safe from radicals and terrorists that he has been known to assosciate with.

weaselyone on August 23, 2012 at 2:39 PM

How about storing it all in the Kenwood district of Chicago?

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Tehran and Qom. No need for containment.

cozmo on August 23, 2012 at 2:40 PM

I’d also like to point out that energy independence allows us to reconfigure our foreign policy.

That’s exactly the fact..jack.

bluealice on August 23, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Let me just get ahead of things and guess the communist / democratic party (BIRM) response to this:

THE ROMNEY AGENDA:

Agenda comes from the latin, agendum meaning that which is to be done. We also know latins were frequently bi or homosexual, so even though we like homosexuals in general, when a conservative is gay it is a derogatory slur. I have no proof Romney is gay, but the burden of proof is on him. That and all-caps are racist.

•Empower states to control onshore energy development;

Empower states = dog whistle code word for states rights, i.e. slavery. Energy companies will put as all (y’all) back in chains.

•Open offshore areas for energy development;

There Romney goes again outsourcing jobs offshore. He also has an offshore bank account and has never paid any taxes. A little birdie told me.

•Pursue a North American Energy Partnership;

Again, North American Partnership is dog whistle code for anti-immigration/hispanic policy. He wants to homogenize North America by killing hispanics because he is, well, you know, Morman.

•Ensure accurate assessment of energy resources;

He wants to defund the EPA! He is a creationist who doesn’t believe in science!

•Restore transparency and fairness to permitting and regulation;

Fairness? Who is he to talk about fairness. Let talk about how he has never paid his fair share of taxes and that Warren Buffet’s secretary’s dog-walker’s sister’s red-headed boyfriend’s stepchild pays more taxes than Romney. Transparency is also code for white power. Racist.

•Facilitate private-sector-led development of new energy technologies.

Well, as long as theynew energy technologies are union-shops and democratic donors, we actually have no part in this. Also this is the most innocuous point so we can act like we aren’t partisan cheerleaders and agree with one single point of his plan.

Huckabye-Romney on August 23, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Here’s the beauty of the plan…it’s the Bitter Clingers, in the camps, who will be pedaling the bicycles, so who cares?

Well, they won’t last forever. They’ll need to have projections on the frequency and numbers of replacements needed, cause eventually they will run out of Bitter Clingers and have to resort to using their Useful Idiots for a purpose other than voting.

hawkeye54 on August 23, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Isn’t that where Obama used to live? If that is the case, I would say that it probably isn’t a good choice as the waste would need to be kept safe from radicals and terrorists that he has been known to assosciate with.

weaselyone on August 23, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Good point!

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Thank you, Dr. Pepper.

Rusty Allen on August 23, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Maybe I missed it in this very long paper but he seems to miss the most important parts.

No mention of the EPA. The EPA is by far the biggest problem.

No mention of the DOE. They are not far behind in causing problems.

No mention of Nuclear. That should provide all of our electrical needs.

No mention of eliminating Ethanol. Ethanol causes far more problems than it solves and for the most part is wasted in automobile engines. So far every one of my vehicles suffered a 10% decrease in MPG with 10% Ethanol. Though now it is nearly impossible to find real gas. But at a minimum eliminate the subsidies and requirements to use it. Let the market decide.

This seems more like a pipe dream to me. It misses all the things that could actually make the plan work.

Steveangell on August 23, 2012 at 2:46 PM

America really does need a little R&R after the exhausting policies and foolishness of the last 4 years.

WashingtonsWake on August 23, 2012 at 2:47 PM

As long as the corporations who drill and seek the energy are held accountable for all environmental mishaps and are prevented from dumping sludge in my water supply, Im on board with R and R.

rickyricardo on August 23, 2012 at 2:22 PM

You do know that Captain Planet was a cartoon, right?

CurtZHP on August 23, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Steveangell on August 23, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Is that the best you can do?

Bless your heart.

cozmo on August 23, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Anyone have the number of that doctor you are supposed to call if you experience an erection lasting more than 4 hours?

DR. Tesla specializes in erections.

gerrym51 on August 23, 2012 at 2:49 PM

I’d also like to point out that energy independence allows us to reconfigure our foreign policy.

thatsafactjack on August 23, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Bugs me about the new Pure Conservative™ position on ditching “energy independence.” Having just seems fundamentally better than not having.

I think of a company. It’s cheaper to pay for external development for something highly specialized, but the reality of the dependency never goes away. You do have to play nice, even if playing nice is less important to you than saving money (at the moment). The weakness stays, I mean, even if you don’t care about it anymore, or have decided other things are more important.

Axe on August 23, 2012 at 2:52 PM

gerrym51 on August 23, 2012 at 2:49 PM

You beat me to it. I thought the same thing.

Rusty Allen on August 23, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Where’s all the Paultards from the headlines thread to tell us all this is “dangerous fantasy” and a “pipedream”?

catmman on August 23, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Drill Baby Drill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on August 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

I believe that is a Sandra Fluke tattoo if I’m not mistaken.

tims472 on August 23, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Mitt Romney: “I have a vision

Obama: “We told you about those crazy Mormons”

faraway on August 23, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Steveangell on August 23, 2012 at 2:46 PM

You give wet blankets a bad name.

Rusty Allen on August 23, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Huckabye-Romney on August 23, 2012 at 2:43 PM

That was really, really good. :)

Axe on August 23, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Steveangell on August 23, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Thank you for an objective and thorough analysis.

a capella on August 23, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Is that the best you can do?

Bless your heart.

cozmo on August 23, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Hey I’m conservative. I am more than open to this plan. But to work the items I listed have to be fixed. If not it is just a pipe dream. For these agencies are now so full of Marxist Green Power bureaucrats that they will not allow anything productive to occur.

They have to be acknowledged as a huge part of the problem.

Steveangell on August 23, 2012 at 2:57 PM

No mention of the EPA. The EPA is by far the biggest problem.

Actually, our courts have recently been doing a good job of beating down the EPA. It is to the point that EPA is requesting that upcoming cases not be heard until after the election. They cannot continue to receive a beat down in the courts and not have it reflect poorly on Obama. The DC Circuit has been especially brutal to the over reaching EPA as of late.

Cross-State Air Polution Rule (CSAPR) shot down.

Sixth Circuit Rejects EPA’s Longstanding Interpretation Requiring Small “Interrelated” Emission Sources to Obtain Title V and PSD Permits

United States: D.C. District Court Overturns EPA Final Clean Water Act Guidance On Appalachian Surface Coal Mining Operations

weaselyone on August 23, 2012 at 3:00 PM

No mention of Nuclear. That should provide all of our electrical needs.

why go nuclear when we have abundant natural gas from fracking technology.

I personally have no problem with a nuclear plant.

I do have a problem with nuclear waste and where to store it. until they solve that problem i am not for more nuclear plants.

gerrym51 on August 23, 2012 at 3:05 PM

canopfor on August 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

I believe that is a Sandra Fluke tattoo if I’m not mistaken.

tims472 on August 23, 2012 at 2:53 PM

tims472:Lol,!!

canopfor on August 23, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Axe on August 23, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Agree. A position of strength serves us best.

thatsafactjack on August 23, 2012 at 3:06 PM

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