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A question of balance: US energy independence or security

Mitt Romney’s energy strategy promises to reach for the stars. Barack Obama’s may be more realistic. Shaun Polczer reports on the US election

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are offering the American people two categorically different visions of their country’s energy future: security versus independence. The distinction may sound subtle, but the details – when they can be found – reveal a fundamental divergence in the candidates’ approach to global markets and North America’s energy boom. Romney, the Republican party’s challenger, has vowed to accomplish what every presidential candidate since Richard Nixon has promised, but failed to deliver, freedom from imports. It would be driven by higher production of fossil fuels like oil, natural gas and coal. He believes energy autonomy could be America’s by 2020, or the end of a second te

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