Mitt Romney's Energy Plan

31 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2013

Date Written: October 12, 2012

Abstract

Whenever gasoline prices are substantially above historic norms – which they are today, as we don’t need to tell you – energy policy takes center stage in American politics. And whenever pollsters in presidential campaigns find swing states in energy country, you can bet that the stage will be lit like never before.

We all know what President Obama’s selling on this policy stage; spend a ton of federal dollars on “clean energy,” leave no lobbyist left behind (the meaning behind the omnipresent call for an “all of the above energy strategy”), and hope against experience that subsidy can turn ugly economic ducks into beautiful, commercially viable swans. But what of Mitt Romney’s energy sales pitch? It’s better … but not by much.

Keywords: Mitt Romney, U.S. energy policy, American energy policy, Republican energy platform, Keystone XL, cap and trade, energy subsidies, government oil policy

JEL Classification: Q40, Q42, Q48

Suggested Citation

Taylor, Jerry and VanDoren, Peter M., Mitt Romney's Energy Plan (October 12, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2225919 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2225919

Jerry Taylor (Contact Author)

Cato Institute ( email )

1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-5403
United States

Peter M. VanDoren

Cato Institute ( email )

1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-5403
United States

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