August 27, 2012 - 8:00am - 10:00am | University of Tampa Vaughn Center Crescent Club
How will the outcome of the 2012 election affect energy policy and the future of domestic energy security? Washington Post Live convened energy leaders from industry, advocacy, government, and academia at the Republican National Convention for a breakfast discussion forum to discuss what's next for U.S. energy. An audience of policy stakeholders heard expert analysis and their approach to energy policy, its relationship to the economy, and the path to an energy-secure future.
Book on energy export opportunities for AmericaKevin Book says, “There’s an energy-hungry world out there growing fast, while the United States is suddenly resplendent with resources to sell it.”
Excerpts from the forum
“Energy is now our comparative competitive advantage. We have a lot of oil. We have a lot of natural gas. We have a lot of coal.”
“The [Obama] administration says one thing, but then they do an awful lot of other things that are just the opposite.”
“Coal is so important to our economy in West Virginia. We’ve got over 20,000 direct mining jobs. In the last three months, it’s like it’s gone off the edge of the cliff.”
“The United States has the potential of being the Saudi Arabia of natural gas. We could become an exporter. This could have a tremendous effect in the future on our economy if we do the right thing.”
“There’s an energy-hungry world out there growing fast, while the United States is suddenly resplendent with resources to sell it.”
“We are in an energy revolution in this country.”
“Welders, pipefitters, software engineers, nuclear engineers . . . we need a new generation of workforce to come in, take jobs of folks who are leaving.”
Mitt Romney says his plan would achieve North American energy independence by 2020 in part by allowing more offshore oil drilling.
The rivals’ energy platforms have similarities — both favor expanded oil and gas drilling, for starters — but they part ways in many important respects.
As each presidential campaign attempts to use energy as a wedge issue, it’s worth noting that both candidates and parties rely on an “all of the above” approach to energy policy.