Here's a quick look at the facts you need to know on where the president and the presumptive GOP nominee stand on energy issues and the environment (5 Photos)
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President Obama -- In his most recent State of the Union address, Obama supported the idea of increased offshore oil drilling, but Republicans complain that his plans don’t include potential areas of exploration in the Atlantic Ocean that they want to see opened up. Obama has reiterated the need for increased rules and regulations for any additional offshore drilling in light of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in 2010. Recently, the president said he would allow further investigation into Atlantic offshore oil fields, but would not approve drilling there. The president was the target of conservative criticism for his opposition to the Keystone Pipeline project which would, if fully completed, bring more than half a million barrels of oil a day into the U.S. from Canadian oil fields. President Obama revised his decision to allow development of a portion of the pipeline, but opponents of the project are unhappy with the decision for environmental reasons.
Mitt Romney -- According to Romney’s campaign website, “Producing more domestic energy [will] create good jobs and bolster local economies in a wide variety of energy-producing regions …” Romney blasted President Obama for delaying development of the Keystone Pipeline, as he believes the full Keystone Pipeline should be built and that additional domestic oil production is the key to end America’s dependence on foreign oil. Romney has also attacked the president’s decision not to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
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