Jeff Goodell reports at the RollingStone that Mitt Romney’s energy plan is basically this: Because of technological innovations like fracking, America is awash in gas and oil that we’re now able to reach. If we drill the heck out of everything, including protected public lands and fragile regions like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, America can emerge as an “energy superpower.” This “drill, baby, drill” policy, the Republicans claim, will lower energy prices, create 3 million new jobs, add $500 billion to the gross domestic product, boost tax revenues by $1 trillion and strengthen national security by increasing “freedom from dependence on foreign energy supplies.” The policy is a blueprint for polluting the planet and speeding up climate change – AND it’s precisely the energy policy that David and Charles Koch, the billionaire conservative oilmen who have pledged $400 million to defeat Obama, would advocate. Indeed, America’s leading fossil-fuel barons have lined up behind Romney, funneling hundreds of millions of dollars into his campaign and supporting superpacs. Clearly, Romney is choosing to ignore a planetary emergency, as scientists now characterize climate change.
Mitt Romney’s disastrous energy plan http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/mitt-romneys-disastrous-energy-plan-20120914