“I can tell you the right course for America with regard to energy policy is to focus on job creation and not global warming.” — Mitt Romney, November 2, 2011
“In my administration, coal will not be a four-letter word.” — Mitt Romney, March 5, 2012
Everyone knows Mitt Romney has been running from the liberal RINO (Republican In Name Only) image that stood him in good stead in Massachusetts, the ultimate Blue State. He has been running as fast as he can from his RomneyCare healthcare program in Massachusetts, which was a prototype for ObamaCare. He’s also running from his Greenie record, pushing the idea that he’s the man to take on the enviro-extremists that are preventing America from drilling for oil and digging for coal.
The Romney team knows that to win enough delegates for the GOP nomination their man has to convince conservative primary and caucus voters that he’s not the Big Government, tax-spend-and-regulate Republican his past record indicates; he’s the candidate for tax reduction, spending reduction, regulation reduction, and energy production. Unleashing our energy resources is crucial to his promise of "Jobs, jobs, jobs."
However, observers at both conservative and liberal websites are pointing to indicators that, if elected, Romney is likely to flip back to the green side.
Brad Johnson at the left-wing ThinkProgess.org wrote on March 6:
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