Transcript: Republican National Convention platform statement on domestic energy
Edited by Jenny Jiang
Transcript of Republican National Convention platform statement by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), Co-Chair of the Energy, Agriculture, and Environment Subcommittee, on Aug. 20, 2012:
“I would just remind everyone that last month the unemployment rate increased in 44 states in this country, and I believe most of the responsibilities can be placed directly at the feet of our President [Barack] Obama because instead of leading with a policy to strengthen our economy, he instead has implemented a political agenda of picking winners and losers in the energy sector.
“Now, our subcommittee on energy, agriculture, and environment, I believe, took the first steps this morning to reverse this administration’s policies, and I believe that we can stimulate the economy and create jobs.
“In our platform, we adopt an all-of-the-above energy policy to meet the energy needs of this country.
“We reign in a runaway EPA, displacing great uncertainty in our energy sector as well as other sectors. We eliminate programs where the government is the venture capitalist for risky projects like Solyndra.
“We support farm programs that can be used by farmers to manage the extraordinary risk they encounter each year.
“We stop efforts of this administration to bankrupt the coal industry.
“We ensure policies to provide abundant and affordable food supply for the American people and for export to feed others and reduce our trade deficit.
“We balance our economic development and property rights with long-term conservation goals and environmental protection.
“And I believe our platform, as I said earlier, will stimulate the economy, make us energy independent, create jobs, continue the most productive agriculture sector in the world, and balance economic development with long-term conservation for our future generations.”