Climate Depot Editorial
On October 3, during the first presidential debate with President Barack Obama, Republican nominee Mitt Romney declared his intention to make “North America energy independent.”
Romney continued: “Energy is critical, and the president pointed out correctly that production of oil and gas in the U.S. is up. But not due to his policies. In spite of his policies. Mr. President, all of the increase in natural gas and oil has happened on private land, not on government land. On government land, your administration has cut the number of permits and license in half. If I’m president, I’ll double them. And also get the — the oil from offshore and Alaska. And I’ll bring that pipeline in from Canada.
And by the way, I like coal. I’m going to make sure we continue to burn clean coal. People in the coal industry feel like it’s getting crushed by your policies. I want to get America and North America energy independent, so we can create those jobs.”
Climate Depot Response: Gov. Romney’s carbon based energy goals are the moral and ethical choice for the United States. Extracting domestic energy from the U.S. and other parts of North America where human rights and environmental protection are markedly better than many other energy choices – is the ethical choice.
Limiting North American drilling, mining, pipelines and energy extraction can only mean more reliance on conflict energy from such places as the Middle East, Venezuela and China, where human rights and environmental protection may be less than desirable. See: Analysis: Obama Policies Making US More Dependent on Persian Gulf Oil
Not only is the U.S. importing carbon-based energy from countries with questionable human rights and environmental records — ie. conflict energy, but now we are also importing so-called renewable energy from these countries.
America needs to choose ethical energy – both carbon based and so-called renewables from North America. It is long past the time that the U.S. continued to have a heavy reliance on conflict energy.
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