Romney says US energy independence is achievable

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Submitted: Thu, 08/23/2012 - 6:18pm

HOBBS, NM (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney says his pledge to make the US energy independent by 2020 is not “some pie in the sky” idea.

The GOP presidential candidate says his plans for reaching that goal include increased offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia and North Carolina. He also wants to give states the power to start energy production on federal lands.

Boosting US energy production is a key aspect of Romney’s economic proposals. He says his energy plans would create more than 3 million Americans jobs.

Romney said President Barack Obama’s energy policies have focused too much on new technologies like wind and solar, to the detriment of oil and natural gas.

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  • SurfCityTom says:

    will he speak on the ball park proposal? After all the proponents have labeled that a job provider and the simulus for millions in new retail spending>

    No — he has enough business sense to know a looser when he sees it.

    But maybe Magic Johnson, part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers will pick up the gauntlet when he speaks @ UNCW. With his wealth, maybe he & MJ would like to fund it from their petty cash accounts.

    Don’t look for tha either; and MJ is a Wilmington native

  • MrT says:

    It’s on the Ballot.
    How are you Voting? Or NOT VOTING?

  • 1981duke says:

    Then why is he part owner of a “big-time” MLB team?

  • SurfCityTom says:

    I have made no secret of the fact that while I own property in Wilmington, on which I pay property taxes, I do not live witnin the city limits and thus am not eligible to vote.

    Now my turn:

    Do you own real estate in the city of Wilmington on which you pay property taxes?

    That’s a yes or no answer if you can do it.

  • guesty says:

    NO on tax funded baseball.

  • MrT says:

    it’s none of your concern as to what I own and where.
    Your use of the presidential campaign to score points on a local referendum is cheap and shows desperation. Keep up the good work we proponents are starting to love you.

  • taxpayer says:

    I wonder how many non-resident property owners there are and what the amount is they pay in taxes for the property inside the City limits. Compare that to the amount of tax paid by residents.

    I own property in the City and live within the City limits. I and every neighbor I’ve talked to will vote “no” in November. I hope this debacle goes down in flames.

    What concerns me is whether City Council has the ability to issue the bonds in some other fashion that doesn’t require voter approval.

  • Guest28403 says:

    Those who own property in town and pay taxes and would likely pay the most to fund the stadium CANT vote because guess what?? Yep they dont live in the city which for the most part is liberal leaning enough due to all the check chasers in Creekwood and others who are blind little democratic lemmings. (The City Council is 100% Democrats while the County Board is nearly all Republican with a single Democrat sitting) Those with any sense dont live within the city limits and therefore cant vote in City elections and the voting will only be open for CITY residents. Its a joke. The lemmings in the City who keep Saffo and his cronies in office repeatedly will vote for the stadium due to promises of jobs and what not.

  • ChefnSurf says:

    … selling shirts for cancer awareness that had no mention of cancer awareness on them, only pro stadium graphics.

    Cheap is more like writing a post in which you refer to others as “boys and girls” or perhaps a post congratulating the shirt campaign for its work as if you were just a third party to it. Now that I think about it, that second one sounds more like desperate.

    Either way … couldn’t help but notice you didn’t ask your
    marketing partner Dukie if he’s voting. That would have been just as rhetorical, wouldn’t it?. Perhaps the reason you asked SurfCity was just to get in a cheap shot?

    Nice to hear that City Council, yourself and Dukie (the other proponent) are starting to love SurfCity. Keep up the good work. :-)

  • SurfCityTom says:

    of breast cancer awareness and hokey pink tee shirts, with no reference to breast cancer awareness, is beyond reprehensible.

    You & Duke are your own worse enemies.

    Keep up the good job.

  • Guest28403 says:

    He will do it. Dont get me wrong Im voting NO also in November because its the right thing to do. Im just jaded and what not about city politics that seem to be repeatative. What you forget about are all the folks who DONT own property and live in the city and will get a vote as well. Which means they are voting for something that wont cost them a dime!! Much like those people who vote for Democrats for all these social programs yet dont pay a dime in taxes to support those programs or as I like to call them the 48% hahaha.. (as opposed to the 99%)

  • taxpayer says:

    While those who don’t own property in the City limits won’t be affected by a tax increase directly, the indirect effect may very well be their rent could increase by an amount equal to or greater than the tax increase their landlord will now pay. Rental property owners will not “eat” the increase, but simply pass it along to their tenants.

    If annexation votes can be tied to only property owners, the issuance of bonds could certainly be done the same way.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    these guys are beyond belief. I think they would sell whatever line it takes as the truth if it will promote the ballpark. They certainly show an inability to man up when the truth faces them. And I must concede they are adept at sowing confusion.

    All of them, including th city council, really should read Dante’s Inferno.

  • ChefnSurf says:

    Not surprised the first thing mentioned by both of us was the T-shirt deal. With a doubt, the most heinous act so far. Who knows what’s to come.

    I copy Chuckie and Terry’s most egregious post segments into a MS Word file sorted by date,etc. These self-described marketing geniuses are ticking time bombs that just can’t stop themselves from screwing up. The best argument against them is their own words.

    Let them act with as much moral ambiguity as they want. All of the lies and phony economic projections they expectorate won’t protect them from ultimately being roasted in the crucible of their own actions and words.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    then you should know the answer Dukie

  • RSimmons says:

    He wants to drop social issues to refocus on the economy while the GOP official platform is to criminalize abortion. Oh there is a winning strategy….

    Trillion dollars in tax revenue from east coast drilling? This ain’t Alaska or Gulf Coast, all that oil is deep drilling and there isn’t a huge amount of it to be had so far. Obama opened up some of the east coast to test drilling in 2009 and there has been no stampede to go into production.

    Is this the best the GOP could come up with?
    Would someone please go and dig up Ross Perot?

  • Guest666 says:

    I guess Romney as well as the rest of the Repubs are concentrating on how to steal what little the poor and middle class still have so they can give it to the rich.

  • Guest28403 says:

    are barely true. While it was supposedly allowed the EPA and DOI have blocked all drilling permits (besides all the drilling permits they stopped or have stonewalled in the Gulf of Mexico). Are you aware the Chinese Govt is drilling for oil off waters near Cuba which in fact would be bordering on US territory and could in fact be pulling out oil that lies under US Territorial jurisdiction based on current locations?? Why this is happening or being allowed is beyond me. Now the Chinese and Cubans are stealing actually US Oil reserves and Obama is allowing it to happen without a peep. Your savior has actually accounted for a net job loss since he took office. Inflation has caused prices of basic staples to go up (food, gas, etc). More people are now dependant on government assistance then ever before. Thats not Bushs fault its all on Obama like it or not. He’s done nothing but harm this country he’s increased the National Debt by well over 50% himself in less then 4 yrs which is sickening (from just over 9T to approaching if not crossing 16T by Election day). You may hate Ryan but you know as well as everybodyelse the US Govt CAN NOT continue down this path. Idiotic Democratic overspending has been the direct cause of municipal bankrupcies across this country. One only needs to look to Europe with the Socialist policies of countries like Greece to see what will happen if this keeps up. Enough is enough. Additionally Obama apparently prefers us to be dependant on foreign sources of energy instead of using our own resources or even allow resources more friendly (such as Canada) through the Keystone Pipeline to provide us Energy. He continues to bow down literally and figuratively to those countries in the Middle East who foment hate, bigotry and intolerance (you Dems claim that Republicans are so bad why is Obama is cozying up to countries who have human rights records of treating women like chattle, murdering homosexuals, and total intolerance of other religions besides Islam??) When ya’ll figure that one out let me know.

  • Guest123 says:

    What does this article have anything to do with the baseball stadium????

  • MrT says:

    Sorry but I had to call Surfey out on his cheap use the article to score points. This crowd of opponents remind me of a bunch of dumb seals sitting on a rock clapping their flippers together and making weird honking noises that all sound exactly the same!!

  • SurfCityTom says:

    quit the contrary. I noted he was too smart to latch onto an obvious money loser.

    Agian you try to twist words and attribute incorrect statements to others.

    Again you fail.

  • B M says:

    I was going to comment but you summed it up pretty good, trouble is when talking to some people when it comes to the left they can’t read, and when they can they still lack the ability to think and comprehend what they read, at least you drew them a clear picture, thanks.

  • guesty says:

    Very similar to you and the proponents of this waste of tax money all falling out of a VW Bug while wearing big floppy shoes.

  • michael lester says:

    ok i know im not into politics but i dont understand this at all i mean seriousy i read this and was like……0.o

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