THE UNGREEN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
Candidate Romney’s Energy Plan; Romney accuses the Obama administration of having an “unhealthy obsession with green jobs.” Here’s the Romney platform.
Eric Wesoff, April 26, 2012 (Greentech Media)
[Among the inaccuracies in the Romney platform, Believe in America: Mitt Romney’s Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth:] “As the Obama administration wages war against oil and coal, it has been spending billions of dollars on alternative energy forms and touting its creation of “green” jobs. But it seems to be operating more on faith than on fact-based economic calculation. To begin with, wind and solar power, two of the most ballyhooed forms of alternative fuel, remain sharply uncompetitive on their own with conventional resources such as oil and natural gas in most applications. Indeed, at current prices, these technologies make little sense for the consuming public but great sense only for the companies reaping profits from taxpayer subsidies.”
“Romney accuses the Obama administration of having an "unhealthy obsession with green jobs” and cites [discredited] studies which show that green jobs might actually hurt employment rather than help it…”
75,000 jobs is an unhealthy obsession?
[Among the inaccuracies in the Romney platform, Believe in America: Mitt Romney’s Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth:] “As president, Mitt Romney will make every effort to safeguard the environment, but he will be mindful at every step of also protecting the jobs of American workers. This will require putting conservative principles into action…The first step will be a rational and streamlined approach to regulation, which would facilitate rapid progress in the development of our domestic reserves of oil and natural gas and allow for further investment in nuclear power…The United States is blessed with a cornucopia of carbon-based energy resources. Developing them has been a pathway to prosperity for the nation in the past and offers similar promise for the future…”
“Romney does not support cap-and-trade or the Kyoto Treaty. Romney's viewpoint on global warming, according to a spokesperson: ‘He believes it’s occurring, and that human activity contributes to it, but he doesn’t know to what extent.’”