CBS 62 Detroit Senior Producer and Host of Michigan Matters Carol Cain
What will you do to make the U.S. more energy independent?
Time remaining for our candidates to respond
Governor Mitt Romney
“ I have recently put forward a six-part plan to achieve North American energy independence by 2020. First, I will empower states to control all forms of energy development on federal lands within their borders, excluding only those that are off-limits. Second, I will open offshore areas to energy development. Third, I will pursue a North American Energy Partnership so that America can benefit from the resources of its neighbors. Fourth, I will ensure accurate assessment of the nation’s resources by updating decades-old surveys. Fifth, I will restore transparency and fairness to federal regulations. And sixth, I will facilitate private-sector-led development of new energy technologies and remove barriers to a diversification of our fuel system and vehicle fleet.
President Barack Obama
“ President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy is already reducing our reliance on foreign oil and creating jobs by responsibly developing America’s natural resources. When President Obama took office, we were importing more than 60 percent of our oil. Today, we import a little over 40 percent. Thanks to booming U.S. oil and gas production, more efficient cars and trucks, and a world-class refining sector, we cut net imports by about 10 percent – or roughly a million barrels a day – last year alone.