Romney on Keystone: ‘I will build that pipeline if I have to myself’That's a good way to look at it. While Obama pushes above-ground energy sources - particularly wind and solar - both proving to be complete busts - he does his level best to deny the development of those sources of energy under ground that have shown themselves to be both successful and affordable - especially coal and petroleum.
By Alicia M. Cohn, The Hill
Mitt Romney drew a line in the oil sands on Friday, focusing on the controversial Keystone pipeline project opposed by the White House and saying, “I will build that pipeline if I have to myself.”
Romney blasted Obama on a range of policies during a speech to the Republican National Committee’s State Chairmen’s National Meeting in Arizona, but singled out the controversial project that would route Canadian oil sands south to Gulf Coast refineries.
The White House earlier this year rejected making a decision on the pipeline until the project had been reviewed, a process expected to take at least until after the November elections. But House Republicans this week, when pushing through legislation to extend needed federal transportation program funding, included a mandate to approve the pipeline.
Romney pledged that he would expand drilling for gas and oil as president and would buy oil from Canada. He attacked what Obama has frequently termed his administration’s commitment to an “all of the above” energy plan.
“It does not seem like an all of the above energy policy to me,” Romney said. “And then I figured it out: The president does like all of the above. He likes all of the energy sources that come from above the ground. So anything below the ground he doesn’t like: Coal, oil, gas. We all like wind and solar. But we also like those below the ground.” [link]
This is a winning strategy. And Romney's fire-in-the-belly approach to it is encouraging.
May he keep it stoked.