Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Rick Santorum talks coal power in Iowa

Rick Santorum talked briefly about energy policy at the November 4, 2011 Iowa Republican Party's Ronald Reagan Dinner in Des Moines.

The former Pennsylvania Senator and 2012 Republican presidential candidate focused his remarks on coal power and oil drilling:
And I’ve saw a lot of folks in green shirts in a lot of rural places in Iowa. Folks that represent the rural electric co-ops. And their concerned because they’re seeing their energy prices going up. And they’re going to go up a lot more if the Obama administration has its way of shutting down 60 coal fired power plants.
We’ll make sure that that regulation doesn’t go into affect. And we will open up energy in America, whether it’s ANWR, whether it’s coal mining, whether it’s drilling. We will have a free market of energy production. And we will lead the world and we will have stable long term energy prices.

  

Rick Santorum made no mention of renewable energy in his speech, an odd choice in a state known for its biofuel and wind power production. 

Earlier in the evening, a video celebrating Iowa's "First in the Nation" status noted, "Iowa is the nation's leader in the production of renewable energy, leading the way on lowering our dependence on foreign oil."

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