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Mitt Romney's energy plan draws praise from Oklahoma energy sector

by Adam Wilmoth Modified: August 23, 2012 at 8:49 pm •  Published: August 23, 2012

/articleid/3703500/1/pictures/1807676">Photo - T. Boone Pickens addresses the energy writers and the editorial board of The Oklahoman, Thursday. Photos by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
T. Boone Pickens addresses the energy writers and the editorial board of The Oklahoman, Thursday. Photos by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

Natural gas as a transportation fuel today costs $1.50 to $2 less per gallon equivalent than traditional diesel fuel.

Harold Hamm, CEO of Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources Inc., is chairman of Romney's Energy Policy Advisory Group and helped formulate the plan.

“We have a great amount of oil and natural gas in America, and we think we can be energy independent by 2020,” Hamm said. “It's a smart and bold move, and it is very doable.”

Hamm said the most important part of the plan is the effort to give the states more control over drilling on federal lands.

The plan also calls for increased funding on research and development for wind, solar and other fuel types.

“He left it open for all kinds of energy,” Hamm said. “If it works, let's do it. If it doesn't work, the time hasn't come yet.”

Despite the call for research funding for renewable energy sources, Romney's plan focuses on oil, natural gas and coal.

Michael Brune, Sierra Club executive director, called the plan “an anchor to the past.”

“Mitt Romney has devised an energy insecurity plan that would make us even more dependent upon oil, coal and gas companies while ignoring climate disruption, economic growth and the health and well-being of the American people,” Brune said in a statement.

“The future America deserves is one in which energy doesn't cost lives and no one has to choose between a good job and good health.”

by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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At a glance

Romney's Energy Plan

Increase states' authority to set environmental regulation and permitting for both public and private lands

Open offshore areas for energy development

Pursue a North American Energy Partnership

Encourage private-sector development of new energy technologies, including natural gas-powered tractor-trailers and research into solar, wind and other renewable energy sources


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