The NYT reported this morning that:
An individual close to the Romney campaign said that Mr. Romney’s staff drafted the proposal in consultation with industry executives, including Harold Hamm, an Oklahoma billionaire who is the chairman of the campaign’s energy advisory committee and chief executive of Continental Resources, an oil and gas driller. Just this week, the oil and gas industry gave nearly $10 million toward the Romney election effort in two fund-raisers.
“In consultation” huh? It’s important to keep in mind that once oil companies ravage our natural resources, they and they alone reap the rewards. Contrary to widespread misconception, the US actually exports more gasoline than it imports. “Drill baby drill” (despite its populist appeal) is a mantra for corporate profit, not energy autonomy.