20 Sep '12, 10pm

A man, a plan, a pipeline: The tycoon guiding Romney on energy

A man, a plan, a pipeline: The tycoon guiding Romney on energy

The Oklahoma tycoon was an unusual choice as [Mitt Romney's] energy adviser. Past presidential candidates have rarely, if ever, relied so openly on an oil magnate to draw up their energy agenda. Obama took a jab at the link at the Democratic convention last month, saying: “Unlike my opponent, I will not let oil companies write this country’s energy plan.” … The Romney-Hamm plan focuses on drilling for fossil fuels. That agenda, laid out in a 21-page white paper , proposes giving the individual states control over the permitting of oil and gas drilling on federal government lands; opening vast new offshore areas for drilling; re-writing environmental regulations; and ending government aid for renewable energy sources. … The platform represents a break with the recent Republican past. In their presidential runs, GOP candidates George W. Bush and John McCain appointed energy ...

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