Over at Yid with Lid, there's an outline of Mitt's energy policy, along with Romney's plan from his campaign website. From what I can see, it's quite good, especially the part where millions of new manufacturing jobs are created. Mitt even goes as far as predicting that his plan will make the US energy independent by the end of his second term in office.
In other words, he'll begin to do what we should have been doing all along. If he does, expect to hear the howls of the Chicken-Little enviro-nazis far and wide.
Here are a few highlights:
State regulatory processes and permitting programs for all forms of energy development will be deemed to satisfy all requirements of federal law.
Establish a new five-year offshore leasing plan that aggressively opens new areas for development beginning with those off the coast of Virginia and the Carolinas.
And here's my personal favorite, the one that will doubtless cause lefty heads to get all 'splody:
Prevent agencies from using “sue-and-settle” techniques behind closed doors to circumvent the public rulemaking process, impose onerous regulations, and tie the hands of future administrations.And...
Disclose federal funds spent reimbursing groups for lawsuits against the government.
Now this last one is an item that I'd like to see completely eliminated. Why are we paying tax dollars to environmental groups to sue our government to restrict our energy supplies? Whatever it would take to stop this insanity should be done, even if it means the repeal of the Clean Air and Water Acts. At the very minimum, they should be amended to remove these absurd provisions that have held us hostage to fringe radical environmental groups for decades, caused our energy prices to increase and added unnecessary costs to virtually every item produced in the US.
Of course, the Dimocrats will scream that "Those eeeevillll Republicans want dirty air and water and we're all gonna DIE!!!!Eleventy!11!111" In fact, they've already started doing that very thing.
The fact is that our air and water are cleaner now than forty years ago, which is a testament to our efforts so far. But instead of finding a point beyond which we don't need any more onerous regulations, the Obama administration's EPA is imposing new, unnecessary regulations that are closing down perfectly good coal-fired power plants, driving up the cost of energy for all of us. Nothing is ever enough for those who would keep a boot on the neck of our energy producers.
So, under a Romney administration, we can look forward to cheap, abundant energy, which is the foundation of a free market economy. Lower electricity and gasoline prices will provide an immediate kick-start to the economic boom that's just waiting to happen.
I can't wait.