Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney released this August 2012 energy white paper that details a 'goal of North American energy independence by 2020'.
The summary states, "A crucial component of Mitt Romney's Plan for a Stronger Middle Class is a comprehensive energy strategy to achieve North American energy independence by 2020 and establish America as an energy superpower in the 21st century.
From analysts at Citigroup and Raymond James, to experts at think tanks like the Manhattan Institute, to scholars at the Harvard Kennedy School, there is a growing consensus that energy independence can become a reality. The widespread benefits of embracing the development of America's natural resources will be felt across the nation and spur the economic recovery that Americans are still waiting for.
This white paper demonstrates the potential to achieve energy independence by 2020, highlights the extraordinary benefits for the middle class that would accompany such an achievement, and details the policies Romney will pursue in support of this agenda."
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