Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has called President Obama “an anti-energy president.” His justification for the claim: the Democrat has increased federal regulation of natural gas drilling, blocked the Keystone XL Pipeline, and overseen EPA regulations that have forced coal-fired power plants to shut down.
Romney says he would speed up the federal approval process for energy projects as president, and expand domestic oil and gas drilling. The Republican wants to green-light nuclear power plants, and promises to “prevent overregulation” of natural gas drilling. That means scaling back the EPA, Department of Energy and other federal agencies’ involvement in drilling regulation and oversight.
Like opponent Rick Santorum, Romney is skeptical of wind and solar power, and would eliminate federal support for the alternative energy industry.
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