Romney: Energy independence by 2020
August 23rd, 2012
07:28 AM ET
11 years ago

Romney: Energy independence by 2020

New York (CNNMoney) - The campaign for presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney laid out a plan Wednesday for America to be energy independent by 2020.

On an embargoed conference call with reporters, Romney staffers touched on familiar themes they said would wean the country off imported oil and spark an economic boom at home. Namely, they called for fewer regulations and more drilling.


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  1. Gurgyl

    Are you kidding??? If this is so, why didn't GOP introduce? They sold this nation to Saudi. Now you say "energy-independence". Ha!!! It is Obama who taught this word. Obama12.

    August 23, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  2. onlyfacts61

    This is yet another "trick" to gain the votes of the uninformed. Do the simple math. America alone consumes 20 million barrels of crude oil per day. It is estimated Alaska holds 800 billion barrels worth of oil. Alaska is also our largest reserve. Of the 20 million we use, more than half is imported and we export about 9 million. Are these giant money making oil companies going to stop exporting? Wars will be started when countries start hoarding. Do the math...Romney is again misleading.

    August 23, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  3. onlyfacts61

    Natural gas does not lubricate internal engine parts. It is not used to produce plastic, or make-up or thousands of other products that we all use daily. We need to SAVE what oil remains in the ground, start running our cars and buildings off alternative fuels NOW or we will start living like the Flintstones! Romney and the greedy Republican party WILL get us there!

    August 23, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    gee, I thought Flip was gonna say something that actually made sense.....silly me. He regurgitates the same old GOP talking points again and again and again and....

    August 23, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  5. Curt

    Its almost laughable that politicians will promise anything to get elected and the sad part is that too many people believe them. If the U.S. could be energy independent within 8 years, I'am sure someone would have done it years ago but then again all the congressman and senators who are in the oil companies pockets wouldn't get all kinds of campaign money. People like Ryan think wind energy is just a fad but it has been in some Europeon countries for years. Should be a new rule in elections. If a person gets elected on false promises, they should be removed from office.

    August 23, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  6. Wake up People!

    What a liar! This flip flop con artist will say anything to be elected. What next Willard? Do you promise to make us all millionaires?? Will we have car elevators too?

    August 23, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  7. Indy

    Energy Independence is a farce that will never happen and can never happen, there is no such thing as a country having their own energy independence. Romney claims that he is best suited to revive the economy that Republicans have ruined but he is clueless or lying when it comes to energy independence.Do you not think countries like Canada or Russia would have energy independence if it was possible ? Most countries can only dream of the good old days of $5.00 a gallon gas, but they continue to send gas into the US and pay more themselves at home. Gas is heavily subsidized in the US but if Republicans and the Tea Party have their way they will stop government spending and subsidizing and gas will be $10.00 a gallon under a Romney regime

    August 23, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  8. Jules

    Are you kidding me – talk about going back to the future. Leasing for drilling and mining on federal land (read that a lot of national parks) will be given over to the states to make the decision – nobody can be bought off there, right? Once again, policies are proposed that send us backwards with his concentration on fossile fuels, which while we have a lot, but a lot less than a lot of countries, are finite – the wells run dry, the mines stop producing. Wind and solar – those companies can make it on their own – no help. Oil companies – of course, the oil subsidies continue. I just find more and more reasons every day why I could never support Mitt Romney. Think he is getting much secret money from the oil companies?

    August 23, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  9. gord

    what he means is they will double exporting oil to china

    August 23, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  10. Joseph Ferrugia

    It's about time this county pull from it's own independent resources to be rid of OPEC and it's cronies

    We are the leader of the free world and a giant of ideas

    We would show the world our might strength and perservances & what we are made of

    We should let the liberals dwell on this and remember where they come from and start putting country first & stop the out right lied

    August 23, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  11. Fair is Fair

    Obama's plan is to move to electric cars. What Obama fails to realize is that 50% of the electricity in this country is generated from burning coal. Ergo, the "electric car" really is the "coal car".

    August 23, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |

    more like 20-never romeny engery independece is code for war with iran
    Mitt Romney Says He Could Wage War on Iran Without Congress' Approval

    1960s our nation’s failure to move toward the elusive goal of greater energy independence

    Oil companies are in the business for profit. Drilling for or refining more crude domestically won't do anything on the cost of gasoline.Like when TransCanada purchase, order and stockpile $1.9 billion in pipe on the hope that the pipeline would be built.NO company invest $1.9 billion in inventory without a firm deal in hand.

    August 23, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |