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Pro-Energy Stance Is Strongest Platform Language Ever for GOP

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As delegates arrive in Cleveland, Ohio for the Republican National Convention July 18-21, they will take up as one of their first orders of business the adoption of their platform that was crafted by the 112-Member Platform Committee last week.

Some controversy may arise at the Huntington Convention Center next week, as was suggested by The New York Times'  headline last Wednesday: "Republicans Draft Platform that Reflects Trump, Then Heads to the Right."

There are expected to be dust-ups over the document’s tough pro-life language as well as what District of Columbia National Committeeman Bob Kabel called "language that was very offensive to gay Americans." But most of the language is expected to be approved without debate.

One part of the platform that delegates appear almost sure to approve without any disagreement is its putting the party’s strong call for "the enactment of policies to increase domestic energy, including on public lands" and "reduce America’s vulnerability to energy price volatility."

The document dubs energy "both an economic and national security issue" and explains that the increase in domestic energy production is critical "to counter market manipulation by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other nationally-owned companies."

"This is the strongest language ever on energy in a Republican platform," North Dakota State GOP Chairman and State Sen. Kelly Armstrong, who offered the party’s energy plank, told Newsmax, "And it’s something we’re going to run on in a big way in the fall."

Working closely with Armstrong in crafting the energy language and securing its passage at the convention was SAFE (Securing America’s Future Energy), a consortium of business, civic, and retired military leaders working to seek a way of making America energy independent.

In another part of the platform, Republicans leave no doubt they are on opposite sides of what Donald Trump and other party leader’s call "Obama’s war on coal" and in fact describe coal as a "clean" energy source."


John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.



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As delegates arrive in Cleveland, Ohio for the Republican National Convention July 18-21, they will take up as one of their first orders of business the adoption of their platform that was crafted by the 112-Member Platform Committee last week.
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