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Romney’s Energy Plan Lacks the Vision Requisite in a President of...


A common phrase within the Republican Party, and by the Romney campaign, is that "[States] know how best to police the activity." Its repetition has become so common that this phrase has entered the GOP's Hall of Mantra fame.

But the idea that states "know best" when it comes to energy policy disregards the common national interest that MUST be taken into account when high-impact decisions are being made, like drilling the Marcellus Shale, for example.  The decision by one state to drill the Marcellus Shale for natural gas could have negative consequences for neighboring states, creating the potential for an inter-state conflict that the federal government may only be able to resolve.

In Virginia, the potential for mining and processing uranium ore in Pittsylvania County could have tremendous negative consequences for Virginians and North Carolinians alike. Gov. McDonnell and the state GOP believe they "know best," but in their haste to exploit an abundant resource, how much do they really know? If peer-reviewed study after peer-reviewed scientific study confirms an unacceptable level of risk involved in the mining and processing of uranium, should the federal government cave in to the idea that states "know best" and allow the process to occur? Mitt Romney would most likely say "yes."