Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama’s concentration on alternative energy has neglected the plentiful resources available within the United States and has led to skyrocketing prices at the pump. Romney also told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Monday the Obama administration has ignored the basic fact the nation has to have carbon-based energy to avoid the “whipsaws” of foreign oil cartels.
“This president has only a love for solar and wind — and we all like solar and wind — but they’re just not going to get our cars to run and they don’t begin to provide the energy America needs. He’s held off on deep sea oil drilling — he’s held off on gas and resources in this country, national gas — he’s made it very hard to mine for coal or to use coal,” Romney said. “It’s time to have an energy policy that takes advantage of our energy resources, including by the way, bringing in a pipeline from Canada — the Keystone Pipeline. He failed about the only no-brainer I can think that anybody could pass but him.
“There’s no question but that if we had a real energy policy that took advantage of our energy resources, America would not be subject to the whipsaws of the cartels — we recognize that this is a president who just doesn’t care for carbon-based energy and that’s the source for our fuel for our vehicles — it heats our homes, it powers our generators,” he said. “We frankly have to have carbon-based energy, as well as our renewable resources. And this president just has not gotten the job done.”
Switching gears, Hannity then asked Romney what he thought of rival Rick Santorum’s comments that Obama is a “snob” for suggesting that everybody should have the opportunity to go to college and get a degree.
“Not everybody is going to go to college, of course — and people have different courses in their life they want to pursue — college is not right for everybody,” Romney said. “Some folks have other ambitions and want to go in different directions. So, we want people to have freedom in this country and opportunity to pursue their happiness and the way they think.”
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