Skip to comments.Romney Wins If He Announces Total Energy Independence Initiative
Posted on 09/14/2012 7:47:30 PM PDT by bossbobcef
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said on Thursday that if elected, he will ensure North American energy independence by 2020 by pursuing a sharp increase in production of oil and natural gas on federal lands and off the U.S. East Coast.
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Sounds like a plan. I’m down for it.
And you’ll save a fortune by cutting off foreign aid to every country who doesn’t support American. Leave them to take care of themselves. Savages.
I thought the same as soon as the middle east embassy attacks started. This initiative would resonate even with dumbed-down Americans.
Exactly, US Energy Independence is a national security issue. Romney should follow this up by announcing he will authorize the building of the Keystone pipeline on his first day in office.
I can sum up my thoughts on that in two words, duh!
Drill here, drill NOW!!!
Couldn't agree more...
................U.S. economic vulnerability to volatile oil markets stems from the volume of oil we consume, not the volume we import,” said Levi, an energy and climate fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. “If you don’t change the volume of oil we consume, you’ve missed most of the problem.”........................
Hey A-HOLE! If the US gets off the world market grid, and lets the rest of the world duke out the price it’s willing to pay - without participation by the biggest world consumer, the US - then what do you you think will happen to prices given maybe 60% of current demand??
And if we don’t like the world market price, we’ll just speed up the pumps, and allow North American producers/refiners to participate in a closed market - just for us!
(However, that being said, I’ve always thought that the country that has the last barrels of oil, could rule the future of the earth, even though all the countries that pumped their oil for us are very rich, but have already tapped out their future.)
That’s great and all, but the numbers don’t add up, especially by 2020. That’s only seven years away. Can we reduce foreign energy dependence? Absolutely. But we will not be totally independent in our lifetimes, now matter whose policy we follow. Sorry for the cold water, but I’m realistic to a fault.
And do not leave out coal. In fact, boot the EPA, cut them down to size, eliminate their law making power, so all forms of energy can make us economically secure and give us national security.
Couldn’t agree more! I’ve been saying for months that if the R candidate would promise to lay out a Kennedy-Man-on-the-Moon national plan for energy independence, he or she would win in a landslide. (I was hoping it would be Gov. Palin who put such a plan forward).
Romney can not lose by doing this. He knows its the right thing for the country, people are getting hammered at the gas pumps, the mideast is on fire, and Obama will never do it because he likes having people poor and subservient to the gummint.
Biggest no brainer ever!
I heard today (with surprise) that we produce 40% of our own oil. Is that true??
Not only is it a plan, it’s a great plan whose benefits will ripple, not trickle, throughout our society and at the same time do a number on our enemies.
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Will you settle for 75% independent by 2020? However, IMO I think it can be accomplished if done on a crash basis and with sufficient incentives.
This could/should be Romney’s equivalent to the Kennedy pledge for US to go to the moon.
As I'm sure you know, Romney doesn't leave out coal. He's for "all of the above," as am I.
Paging Newt and Sarah. Please pick up the RED phone. Romney needs your advice and expertise.
Drill on federal lands. Use the royalties from the production to pay off the federal debt.
Have a lease auction to the highest bidders on January 21st, 2013.
Let’s Get the Independent Energy Party STARTED!!!!!
That would be true if enough people were still willing to work by that time.
It depends on what you mean by “independent”.
If you limit it to the America’s it should be easily doable.
The vast majority of our oil comes from the US, Canada, Mexico and south America. If I remember correctly that accounts for at least 80% of our total use.
I don’t have a problem buying from Canada or Mexico. I don’t believe Brazil is a problem either.
.............Thats great and all, but the numbers dont add up, especially by 2020..........................
But, realize that the energy companies have already done their seismic testing on thousands of “off bound” areas.
Like ANWR. The oil companies know exactly where the oil is, good estimates as to how much; know where to site their rigs; know how much pipeline to procure to tie into the existing Alaskan pipeline. A shovel-ready project if the government and tree huggers would get out of the way.
Or Canadian oil sands: two to three times the carbon content of just about all oil ever consumed in North America. Just get the infrastructure in place, the pipelines to refineries, and we’re good to go.
Or the Gulf of Mexico. BP capped a huge basin after it breached and caused catastrophic damage because the ground pressure was so great. Punch into that basin, safely, and there’s mucho oil.
Or off the California coast. The greenies closed further development decades ago in reaction to a leakage (not a spill). Open those areas to modern technology and millions of barrels are awaiting us.
All it takes is an understanding that we, and the world, don’t have to bow to the rag-heads for our energy future, and watch the price drop! Just like domestic natural gas.
Yes, a lot better buying from them than from the Mideast, with the possible exception of Mexico. But I'd rather see us independent of all foreign oil.
I WANT ENERGY INDEPENDENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It is dual-pronged in its benefits: National Security and Prosperity both go up with ready access to affordable energy.
Plan A - Part 2: Stop selling them cars, air conditioners and any other western invention since we're soooo evil.
Let em fry in the sun and try to fly on a camel! Let em figure out how to cure their cancer with sand and salt water......f--k 'em!
because of the way oil and gas is sold (international market) I’m not sure we will ever be able to be “energy independent”. I think we can and should exploit every source of energy (gas, oil, coal) which would make us less vulnerable to the wack-jobs in the middle east. We need to drill, dig and mine and flood the world markets with the commodities which should bring the prices down which would give us more money to spend here.
His plan does include increasing supply and exploration which will take a few years to implement but once the tax revenue starts flowing, it would be difficult for any future democrat president to cut it off.