ROMNEY RELEASED a document outlining the Romney-Ryan energy plan.
This was revealing:
North America is the fastest-growing oil and gas producing region in the world, and the continent now has an opportunity to achieve freedom from OPEC that would not have even been contemplated just ten years ago. Unfortunately, President Obama has chosen to turn his back on America’s neighbors. He rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have dramatically increased the supply of Canadian oil to the U.S. market, and now Canada plans to send that oil to China instead. Today, America still imports more oil from OPEC than it does from Canada and Mexico.
First, OPEC consists of around 40% of the daily global production of oil on the planet.
We also import almost as much from Canada as we do from OPEC, give or take 10% or so.
The League of Conservation Voters sent out an analysis of the Romney-Ryan plan, which is basically an ideological document.
- Number of Pages: 21
- Number of Words: 10,272
- Mentions of Oil: 154
- Mentions of Wind: 10 (5 of them Negatively)
- Mentions of Solar: 14 (4 of them Negatively)
- Mentions of Wind Energy Production Tax Credit: 0
- Mentions of Climate Change: 0
- Mentions of Romney’s Plan to Continue Oil Subsidies: 0
- Mentions of Oil and Gas Interests Donating More Than $2,600,000 to His Campaign: 0
- Mentions of Koch Brothers Pledging to Spend $200,000,000+ to Elect Him: 0
In the end, of course, it’s not like Pres. Obama is progressive on energy, except where wind power is concerned.
David Dayen provides the perfect sound bite. Paraphrasing him, the choice between Romney and Obama is not big where energy is concerned. It’s whether you want a massive assault on our nation’s natural resources, with a giveaway to the usual climate denier corporations, or you want “a kinder, gentler assault, with fracking and shale oil development and offshore oil almost everywhere.”
Many of you may remember my eviscerating takedowns on the Obama administration over the BP oil disaster.
Maybe now people will understand why voters committed to protecting our environment and natural resources are opting for Jill Stein.
I’m not endorsing anyone in this election, but anyone who spends time in the great outdoors, which I do, while also considering myself a protector of it, finds both Obama and Romney so far to the right of America’s naturalist hero Teddy Roosevelt as to judge them both as unfit stewards of America the Beautiful.