Catch of the Day: Mitt Romney Previews His Jobs Plan, Derides ‘Environmental Extremism’
Mitt Romney previewed his jobs plan early this week in USA Today. He wasn’t saying anything new, but his stance on energy was particularly interesting, rhetorically speaking:
The Obama administration has severely restricted domestic energy production. I will ensure we utilize to the fullest extent our nation’s nuclear know-how and immense reserves in oil, gas and coal. By rationalizing and streamlining regulation, we will harness these resources everywhere it can be done safely, taking into account local concerns. A huge number of jobs is at stake. So, too, is the price of energy, which strongly influences economic growth. We are an energy-rich country that, thanks to environmental extremism, has chosen to live like an energy-poor country. That has to end.
I thought “taking into account local concerns” was especially sneaky because “taking into account” can simply mean “listening with empathy and then completely disregarding.” This is what I would call “town hall rhetoric” in that it falsely equates the opportunity to speak with the opportunity to participate in decision-making.
I also love the idea of “environmental extremism,” although I can’t figure out what he might be specifically referring to with that phrase.