Recently, we saw an editorial in Public Utilities Fortnightly magazine, a magazine aimed at upper-level utility management (which we happen to get as well). In an op-ed in the latest issue, Editor Michael Burr lays out a strong argument for why Romney's energy policies offer paths forward for greater energy development, as well as opening doors for innovation that will broaden our available energy options:
Just as we were going to press, the Romney-Ryan campaign released an energy plan that sets forth what purports to be a bold policy goal: to achieve North American energy independence in just eight years. That goal is interesting in its own right. But it’s even more interesting against the current backdrop of economic and policy trends affecting energy and utility companies. And make no mistake, energy policy issues are heating up again ... The November elections are set for just two months after this issue of Fortnightly hits readers’ mailboxes. Given the major energy policy issues now in play, Romney’s stated positions merit a closer look.
As South Carolina's utilities struggle with federal mandates that are forcing the closure of a number of coal plants, this agenda could help boost their ability to generate power, helping augment the supply of energy which, in better days, was a major boost to economic development recruitment efforts.
The article is well worth reading - as are Romney's policy proposals for solving our nation's energy supply issues.
When the Blogland endorsed Romney in the primary cycle, we wrote "Mitt Romney has shown the depth of knowledge needed to make sound policy decisions, a willingness to apply logic instead of shallow rhetoric to solve problems". Seeing these kinds of assessments confirm that we made the right decision then and spell out why we stand by that endorsement going into November.