Transcript: Debate excerpts – Mitt Romney on energy

Edited by Jenny Jiang

Excerpts from Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s remarks on domestic energy at the first presidential debate held at the University of Denver, Colorado on Oct. 3, 2012:

“Energy is critical, and the president pointed out correctly that production of oil and gas in the U.S. is up. But not due to his policies. In spite of his policies.

“Mr. President, all of the increase in natural gas and oil has happened on private land, not on government land. On government land, your administration has cut the number of permits and licenses in half. If I’m president, I’ll double them, and also get the — the oil from offshore and Alaska. And I’ll bring that pipeline in from Canada.

“And, by the way, I like coal. I’m going to make sure we can continue to burn clean coal. People in the coal industry feel like it’s getting crushed by your policies. I want to get America and North America energy independent so we can create those jobs.”



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