A 21-page plan, released by the Romney campaign, details how the GOP candidate hopes to achieve what "every president since Nixon has tried and failed to achieve:" energy independence. The plan, which relies heavily on oil and coal, would:

  • Open new areas for offshore oil drilling, starting in Virginia and the Carolinas,
  • Empower the states to lease federal lands for oil, coal and natural gas development,
  • Remove or loosen environmental statutes and regulations to greenlight more coal production and other industry priorities, and
  • Reach agreements for energy production with Canada and Mexico, including the building of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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