Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is no stranger to attacks on the environment, as seen in his ads against clean energy jobs, his pledge to roll back fuel economy standards that protect public health and reduce carbon pollution, and the fact that he doesn’t know “the purpose of” public lands that belong to all Americans.

But this morning’s Washington Post sheds more light on Romney’s energy plan, including the fact that he would open up “virtually every part of U.S. lands and waters” to drilling regardless of whether they are national parks, national monuments, or protected in some other way.

mk: Although I wouldn't support such a policy, this article has a pretty heavy bias.

However, I do wonder about using natural resources on public land for private profit. As the land and resources intentionally haven't been developed, it represents a heavy subsidy for any private entity that does develop them, regardless of whether or not they are profit-sharing with the U.S. government.

Regardless, developing even more oil supplies isn't going to give the U.S. much of an advantage.


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