US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has outlined his position on energy as both party campaigns heat up, and he believes his policies would make America energy independent by 2020.
He intends to enable individual states to manage energy development on federal lands within their borders and allow states to speed up exploration by letting them issue permits.
A North American energy partnership with Canada and Mexico would also be sought and Romney would allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas, which has been delayed by the Obama administration, reports .
“I’m going to take advantage of our energy resources: Oil, coal, gas, nuclear, renewables, wind, solar. North America will be energy independent by the last year of my second term,” he said, reports Reuters.
The plan makes little mention of climate change or greenhouse gases, although Romney policy adviser Oren Cass said he supports green energy and government spending on energy research, but opposes loan guarantees for green companies.
A tax credit for the wind industry expires at the end of this year. Obama supports an extension of it while Romney opposes it even though it could hurt him with voters in Iowa and Colorado.
“Gov. Romney is focused on actually setting the wind industry up to be a competitive, innovative industry that can succeed on its own two feet, like so many other successful and profitable industries in the country,” he said.
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