Mitt Romney announced his plan for North American energy independence today and, as Steven Mufson writes, the name of the plan was chosen purposely:
The “North” part is important, because the United States — even with surprising new production in places like North Dakota — can’t come close to achieving oil independence on its own.
The key to getting to “North American energy independence” is Canadian oil from Canada’s controversial, greenhouse gas-intensive oil sands — and the pipelines to bring that to the United States.
Mufson just returned from a month-long reporting trip along the proposed route of the Keystone XL Pipeline. See his full series here.