24 Aug '12, 3pm

Romney got his great energy policy ideas from oil execs

Romney got his great energy policy ideas from oil execs

Mitt Romney’s proposed energy policy , released yesterday, focuses on giving states the ability to set their own resource extraction rules and to let them drill wherever they want — including on federal land. Even a conservative environmental organization took issue with that idea as reported by Politico : “These lands do not belong to individual states, any more than the Grand Canyon belongs to Arizona or Yosemite belongs to California.” So where’d Romney get this idea, anyway? I mean, besides how nicely it blends the common conservative arguments for neutering the federal government and drilling everywhere everywhere now now now. According to the New York Times , the idea came from oil executives . An individual close to the Romney campaign said that Mr. Romney’s staff drafted the proposal in consultation with industry executives, including Harold Hamm, an Oklahoma billi...

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