Mitt Romney is pouncing on the White House threat to veto GOP offshore drilling legislation, alleging through an aide Tuesday that President Obama “doesn’t have a clue” when it comes to energy.
“As energy prices have risen and our economy continues to struggle, President Obama insists on hindering efforts to expand domestic production and create American jobs,” said Andrea Saul, spokeswoman for Romney, the presumptive GOP White House nominee.
Romney’s first Virginia campaign ad referenced offshore drilling, promising that “by day 100, President Romney reverses Obama’s offshore-drilling ban, creating thousands of new jobs for Virginians.”
The oil industry has jumped in to help him.
[Romney] wants to reduce obstacles to coal, natural gas and nuclear energy development, and accelerate drilling permits in areas where exploration has already been approved for developers with good safety records...
Blames high gas prices on Obama’s decisions to limit oil drilling in environmentally sensitive areas and on overzealous regulation.
First, I will pursue dramatic regulatory reform to accelerate the exploration and development of oil and gas, to facilitate construction of vital infrastructure and to preserve and expand crucial electricity capacity...
I will permit access to our resources in the Gulf of Mexico, the Outer Continental Shelf, western lands and the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. I also will partner closely with our neighbors. Canada and Mexico have extraordinary resources of their own that can provide secure, reliable supplies for our economy...
Third, I will invest in new energy technologies.
Romney said he is glad for BP's agreement to set aside $20 billion to cover damages from the spill to private property and business owners. But he said the White House has ceded too much control over managing the still-spewing leak to the giant oil company.
"In this kind of a crisis situation, the president's response should have been to step in, bring in the experts, people from various oil companies, institutions, academics and engineering firms and look for different options for capping this oil spill," Romney said. "It's something he has delegated to BP."
And — and, frankly, what's right for America is for us to finally become energy-independent. And, for that to happen, it will require — if you will — every source of energy we have and every source of efficiency.
And that means nuclear power. It means offshore drilling.
Romney also has been critical of the Obama administration's green jobs strategy. He says the traditional energy sector--oil, gas, coal, and nuclear--has "remarkable job-creating potential." Romney advocates increasing domestic production of fossil fuels, including shale gas, and partnering with Canada and Mexico to develop these resources.
As Massachusetts governor, Romney said high gasoline prices "are probably here to stay," and he advocated policies to cut energy demand.
Now, Romney says President Obama's environmental policies are to blame for $4-per-gallon gasoline, and he is pushing for aggressive new oil and gas exploration.
Well, we're sure gonna have to find a way to reduce our use of energy, and particularly foreign energy...That's why I adopt what I call "No Regrets Policies." Policies that allow us to become energy independent, and will have as one of their byproducts, reduction of the CO2 that we emit ... greenhouse gas that we emit.
...I wanna see us develop on own oil offshore, and in ANWR. Let's develop all the sources we can to provide for our own energy needs, and free ourselves from dependence on Achmadenijad, and Chavez, and Putin, and others who have that oil today.
The United States is blessed with a cornucopia of carbon-based energy resources. Developing them has been a pathway to prosperity for the nation in the past and offers similar promise for the future.
Conduct comprehensive survey of America’s energy reserves
Open America’s energy reserves for development
Expand opportunities for U.S. resource developers to forge partnerships with neighboring countries
Support construction of pipelines to bring Canadian oil to the United States
Prevent overregulation of shale gas development and extraction