News / USA

Romney Floats Plan for Energy Independence

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands during a campaign event in Hobbs, New Mexico, Aug. 23, 2012.
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands during a campaign event in Hobbs, New Mexico, Aug. 23, 2012.
VOA News
Mitt Romney laid out a plan Thursday that he says will lead the United States to energy independence by 2020, while creating three million jobs and bringing in more than $1 trillion in revenue.

Speaking in the town of Hobbs in the southwestern state of New Mexico, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate said the plan "is not some pie in the sky kind of thing," but rather "a real achievable objective.''

Romney said the plan includes approving the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil extracted from the so-called "tar sands" in Canada's Alberta province to Texas, and forming a North American "energy partnership" with Canada and Mexico.

In January, the Obama administration denied a permit for the proposed pipeline, saying congressional Republicans did not give it enough time to determine the project's impact on public safety and the environment.

Romney said Thursday that he would give individual states, rather than the federal government, the authority to issue permits for new oil wells on federal land in order to speed up the licensing process.  He said he would also accelerate the development of oil wells off the coast of the states of Virginia and North Carolina, and in the Gulf of Mexico.
 
Romney said his plan would not only create millions of jobs, but would also lower energy prices, reduce the U.S. trade deficit by 80 percent and improve U.S. national security by making the country less reliant on unfriendly countries for energy supplies.

The presumptive Republican nominee said his energy plan will help the U.S. economy come "roaring back."

The Obama administration has noted that during the president's time in office, U.S. dependence on foreign oil has gone below 50 percent for the first time in 13 years.

And White House spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday that the Obama administration has provided "very aggressive support" for every form of energy, including nuclear, wind, solar, biodiesel, and oil and gas.

You May Like

N. Korea Sentences American to 6 Years Hard Labor

Matthew Miller's brief trial Sunday comes two weeks after 24-year old Miller and two other American detainees appealed to the US government to help free them More

Pakistan Rejects Afghan Criticism of 480-kilometer Border Trench

Military spokesman tells VOA the project is part of administrative and security measures taken to secure the mountainous border with Afghanistan More

Photogallery Typhoon Kalmaegi Makes Landfall in Philippines

Storm makes landfall late Sunday, cutting power and communications lines and forcing people to flee to higher ground More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Dave silva from: NC
August 28, 2012 7:37 PM
More oil will not fix it. We do not have enough oil underground to offset OPEC all the Canadian oil and offshore will still be owned by global oil ocompanies and I turned into $4/gallon gasoline. We need to use CNG and methanol that we can sell to ourselves cheaper


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
August 24, 2012 1:47 PM
"Making the country less reliant on unfriendly countries for energy supplies" is a step in the right direction, but how does it stop USA''s meddlesome subventions to those enemy economies? The more you try to minimize troubles in the home front, the greater the enemy countries make new ones for you. The newest approach is to declare an intention to build a nuclear plant and the rest is history - USA will swing into negotiation to stop it, thereby involving itself in further expenditures abroad, all for fear that terrorists will get hold of it. What if they do? Why is USA afraid even of its own shadows. First let a true Godly American come to rule the country - a true and brave man who can look Americans in the face and tell them their mistake - which is alienating God from the White House.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Scotland Independence Bid Stokes Global Interesti
X
Henry Ridgwell
September 12, 2014 8:35 PM
The people of Scotland are preparing to vote on whether to become independent and break away from the rest of Britain, in a referendum being watched carefully in many other countries. Some see it as a risky experiment; while others hope a successful vote for independence might energize their own separatist demands. Foreign immigrants to Scotland have a front row seat for the vote. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to some of them in Edinburgh.
Video

Video Scotland Independence Bid Stokes Global Interest

The people of Scotland are preparing to vote on whether to become independent and break away from the rest of Britain, in a referendum being watched carefully in many other countries. Some see it as a risky experiment; while others hope a successful vote for independence might energize their own separatist demands. Foreign immigrants to Scotland have a front row seat for the vote. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to some of them in Edinburgh.
Video

Video Washington DC Mural Artists Help Beautify City

Like many cities, Washington has a graffiti problem. Buildings and homes, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are often targets of illegal artwork. But as we hear from VOA’s Julie Taboh, officials in the nation's capital have come up with an innovative program that uses the talents of local artists to beautify the city.
Video

Video Palestinians Turn to Rebuilding Gaza

After almost two months of conflict in Gaza, Palestinians are preparing to rebuild the isolated Mediterranean enclave with assistance from abroad. Meanwhile, an international human rights group has found that Israel likely violated international laws of war during some of its attacks on Gaza. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video US Muslim Leaders Condemn Islamic State

Leaders of America's Muslim community are condemning the violent extremism of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. Muslim leaders say militants are exploiting their faith in a failed effort to justify violent extremism. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.
Video

Video Middle Eastern Church Leaders Highlight Christians’ Plight

Patriarchs of Eastern Rite churches came to Washington this week to draw attention to the attacks against Christians in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East. VOA’s religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video Americans' Reaction Mixed on Obama Strategy for Islamic State Militants

President Barack Obama’s televised speech on how the United States plans to “degrade and destroy” the group known as the Islamic State reached a prime-time audience of millions. And it came as Americans appear more willing to embrace a bolder, tougher approach to foreign policy. VOA producer Katherine Gypson and reporter Jeff Seldin have this report from Washington.
Video

Video Authorities Allege LA Fashion Industry-Cartel Ties

U.S. officials say they have broken up crime rings that funneled tens of millions of dollars from Mexican drug cartels through fashion businesses in Los Angeles. Mike O'Sullivan reports that authorities announced nine arrests, as 1,000 law enforcement agents fanned out through the city on Wednesday.
Video

Video Bedouin Woman Runs Successful Business in Palestinian City

A Bedouin woman is breaking social taboos by running a successful vacation resort in the Palestinian town of Jericho. Bedouins are a sub-group of Arabs known for their semi-nomadic lifestyle. Zlatica Hoke says the resort in the West Bank's Jordan Valley is a model of success for women in the region.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid