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Published: Thursday, Aug. 23 2012 11:04 a.m. MDT

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Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

"Romney's plans hinge on opening up more areas for offshore oil drilling, including in the mid-Atlantic, where it is currently banned."

The GOP is hoping folks forget about Deep Horizon... the reason off shore drilling is banned in the mid-Atlantic states is because tourism is a key part of that region's economy. Those states will not risk that for Romney's beloved oil supporters. It will be interesting to see under a Romney administration how those economic interests will clash with his vision of more "burn, baby, burn" and keeping "America addicted to oil" (Bush's words in 2006).

The GOP has criticized Obama on renewable energy (e.g., Solyndra), but the bigger story is that under Obama, domestic renewable energy is booming, with Iowa now achieving 20 percent of its power from wind, and other conservative states enjoying its clean air, tax revenues, and price stability (unlike fossil fuels).

Romney's focus on fossil fuels will hurt him in conservative Mid-West states where agriculture benefits from renewable energy and keeps energy dollars local for local jobs. His Canadian tar sands and pipeline are opposed by conservatives in Nebraska due to fears of oil leaks.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

In the meantime gas/diesel prices continue to increase and unemployment goes up and up! Women and children most affected! This is the real war on women!

FDRfan
Sugar City, ID

Why not get input from T Boone Pickens instead of exclusively placating the Kochs?

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@Mountanman
"This is the real war on women!"

No, it's not, and even if it were, Republican opposition to jobs bills and increased fuel efficiency standards doesn't help your cause if this is your line of argument.

andyjaggy
American Fork, UT

"In a supporting document, Romney says it now takes up to 307 days to receive permits to drill a well on federal land. By contrast, states such as North Dakota issue permits within 10 days and Colorado within 27 days, Romney said."

This is for good reason. A slow deliberate approach needs to happen where we look at all possible environmental consequences of the well, as well as reclamation options and approaches when the well is done. You can't do that in 10 days. I can't even imagine the disaster that would ensue if Utah could issue permits in 10 days. We talk as if our oil and natural gas business is doomed, last time I checked it was thriving and the economy in the Uinta basin was doing just fine.

xscribe
Colorado Springs, CO

Mountanman: Why are women and children most affected? Just wondering.

Mad Hatter
Provo, UT

In a time when Republicans should have the White House as easily as inhaling a fresh breath of air, they appear to be taking their "win" for granted, saying and doing everything they can to eliminate themselves from the competition.

From Day 1 of the Obama administration, the Republican strategy has been to make a second term an impossibility. From Rush Limbaugh calling for Republicans to not cooperate to Mitch McConnell setting congressional efforts to prevent any Obama legislative success, there was a concerted (and oftentimes successful) effort to stop the President regardless of the cost to the country. The thinking was: "Better to have failure than a successful Democratic administration"

From Birther nonsense and claims that Obam is anti-American and not a "true" American to effectively subverting the economic recovery, Republicans have waged war on this President to their decided advantage. Now, with a win seeming to be in the bag, Romney and his election team, along with the various ideologues and the entire Republican leadership are acting like Republican voters will vote for a animated tea kettle before they would vote for Obama. Such confidence. Such naivete! This is simple chutzpah.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Xscribe. Its because women and children are more vulnerable during troubled economic times. They suffer more because women with children have to fend for themselves and their children when men can abandon their family responsibilities. In some of our cities, over 70% of women are raising their children alone! More welfare goes to women with children than men! Thus this bad economy is the real war on women! We can debate whose fault the economy is, but it certainly hasn’t gotten better under President Obama for most people as food stamp recipients are at an all time high and increasing as is our national debt!

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Mountanman said: "In some of our cities, over 70% of women are raising their children alone! "

Do you actually believe that? I see you didn't name even one of the "some of our" cities. please enlighten us on where you read this, although it reeks of talk radio, so I'm thinking it was made up by beck or hannity.

I see mitt has the "leave nothing but scorched earth" republican plan for economic growth thru back room deals with oil executives and corporate welfare, which is so desperately needed to maintain record profits.

xscribe
Colorado Springs, CO

Thanks for the explanation. And I agree with you: There needs to be much more focus on men abandoning their family duties - i.e., having kids and then disappearing - than trying to deny birth control opportunities to women.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

HA!!! Hold on here Slick Willey... wasn't it YOU that praised Mitt Romney just a few short months ago for being completely qualified to be president and wasn't it you that also said raising taxes would KILL economic growth??? Also wasn't it you also that praised Bain Capital??? Mr "I never had sexual relations with that woman" himself!! Who do we believe - the Clinton who praises Romney, and bashes Obama over tax increases OR the political Clinton who gets political candy from the democratic party for praising Obama and bashing Romney at the convention??? What a bunch of hooey!!! Here is news for you Slick Willey - "It the ECONOMY stupid"!!!! Wise words from Clinton's own former campaign manager. People just need to take a look-see at the 8.3% unemployment and mountain of debt and despair and ask themselves - am I better off now than 4 years ago? Actually that poll has been taken and nearly 70% say NO!!!!

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

42 straight months of unemployment above 8%
23 million struggling for work
Nearly $16 trillion in debt
45 million Americans on food stamps
46 million Americans in poverty

Just when is Barrack's plan going to make it better?

peter
Alpine, UT

Since when was bill clinton a reliable source of anything honest and good? For liberals afraid of big corporations, if you don't like working for one, you can change jobs. But, the way you want to grow big government, there's no way to change to another government, or what they place on the backs of the people, i.e. the ACA, medicare, medicaid, SS, welfare by the dole. Big corporations don't destroy my individual right to chose. Big government destroys individual freedom. America has always stood, and will always stand for individual rights and freedoms.

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