A Candidate With a Positive Energy Plan

A Candidate With a Positive Energy Plan

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In the coming weeks, Americans will go to the polls to elect a new President of the United States. While the past few months have produced much mud slinging and partisan politics, the end result of these campaigns will be a new president. Potentially, Barack Obama will be re-elected, but if the right has their way, Governor Mitt Romney from Massachusetts will take over the reigns. Romney recently released his new energy policy outlining his hopes for achieving energy independence by 2020. While this 2020 projection might be a touch zealous, the Romney group does have several positive ideas for energy development.

According to MittRomney.com, his energy policy has six main objectives:

  • Empower the states to control onshore energy development
  • Open offshore areas for energy development
  • Pursue a North American energy partnership with Canada and Mexico
  • Ensure accurate assessments of energy resources
  • Restore transparency to permitting and regulation
  • Facilitate private-sector-led development of new energy technologies.

To expand on a few of their goals, first, the Romney camp desires to give more power to the states to control onshore energy development. Through this empowerment, they feel that by establishing this process the states can then oversee all development and production on federal lands within the borders, not including lands designated as off-limits. Within the states power, regulatory processes and permitting programs for all types of energy expansion will be considered to fulfill all requirements of the federal government. Criteria will be established by the appropriate Federal-overseeing agency to certify the state processes.

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Second, the Romney/Ryan ticket is proposing the opening of offshore areas for energy development that are currently closed by the Obama Administration. These areas range from the Gulf of Mexico, to the Atlantic coast, to portions of the Alaskan coast. They will assure that "state-of-the-art processes and safeguards for offshore drilling are implemented in a manner designed to support rather than block exploration and production". This potential offshore opening will not only create thousands of jobs in the oil and gas industry, but create additional economic development right here in Louisiana for sectors such as the restaurant, hotel and auto industry to name but a few.

Lastly, the Romney team's objective of restoring transparency to the permitting and regulation process is a key to Louisiana's economic growth. Louisiana suffered greatly during the Gulf of Mexico drilling moratorium of 2010. This moratorium directly affected the state of Louisiana killing thousands of jobs with the ripple effect felt across multiple industries within the state.

According to Romney, "If we develop our American resources to the fullest, we will guarantee ourselves an affordable and reliable supply of energy, and also enjoy benefits throughout the entire U.S. economy." Not only can their plan create over three million jobs and sustain more than one trillion dollars in revenue for federal, state and local governments, but it will help push our country towards a goal that we can hope will one day be reality – using home grown oil and gas rather than having a significant dependence on foreign resources.

Don Briggs is the president of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association.


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Gary Downing | Oct. 8, 2012
Well lets see what day was that he spoke about that? Today I am sure that view has changed. Romney who invests in China and Iran, wishes to tell the American people he is an American and he knows what he is talking about. Well I guess that was the other day when he was not dealing with Slave Labor Camps and such. You quote Mr. Romney all you want, but please get that quote on a day he is not mentally disturbed.

Sam | Oct. 5, 2012
According to Romney, he is 100 % wrong ! whatever the issue, he is 100 % wrong,

Jason | Oct. 5, 2012
Does he really support transparency? How would he enforce the release of data and drawings from contractors to third-party verification companies? Does "transparency" supplement the rest of his energy plan?

Sam | Oct. 5, 2012
Man with any policy ? must be a joke !

Nathaniel Basco | Oct. 5, 2012
I work in the Oil and Gas Industry.....with regards to Mr. Romneys plans concerning our beautiful state of Louisiana. #1 . We need to make sure that and drilling offshore sets anew standard globally as far as safety is concrned...and make sure that our local political leaders and friends do not recieve a dime ....this money should be recieved by our education system and our road infustructure.....Texas is dominating the nation when it comes to their Highways.....and our education needs these tax dollars we must make a stand in Louisiana for our children and the education they recieve. #2. I agree Mexico and Canada would be a very nice collaberation as far as energy goes...then we have to contend with thier policies too...we need to become an energy independent country first and test it....befoe we continue to get deeper involved with other countrys....protect ourselves first....protect our children first we always are looking for a way to get in bed with other countrys....fix our energy isues first..

Keith | Oct. 4, 2012
We got a lot of gas How are we going to use it? Wheres the plan? I sure wont use it at my house. The gas utility wants to charge me $50 a foot for the feeder line....

James R. Smith | Oct. 3, 2012
Just forwarded to 184 contacts in my address book!!! Keep up the good work!!! Regards, Jim

Merlin Price | Oct. 3, 2012
Way to go Mitt. Finally a President with a good solid plan. Althought some people will hate you for opening up their white beach fronts to oil development, they need to understand that if not oil, it will be terrorist that will spoil their beaches. Hope you win Brother.

Scott | Oct. 2, 2012
It is good to open up drilling and developing to the staes and the golf, but alternitive fuels and energy other conutrys use alternitive fuels and are energy independment why cant we?.

James Stevens | Oct. 2, 2012
If Obama gets a second term you may all be out of work and the Chinese / Arabs will own all your assets. He is only the puppet speaking for the One World Order group. The want a reduction of 40% of global population by the year 2040. Nice round numbers yes? Do not think that you are safe because of your position now. We must bring back manufacturing, food production, and 1950s ethics if this country is meant to survive. Without the US as the global police or terrorist deterrent there will not be one single place you can take your money and live your life without the threat of some small militia taking it all away from you. Point in hand is the English and their farming in Africa. Time to wake up folks.


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