Karl Rove Speaks to NewsChannel 5 From RNC
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TAMPA, Fla.- Among the Republican National Convention's power players is former senior advisor to the George W. Bush administration, Karl Rove.
On Monday, Rove spoke with NewsChannel 5's Cori Coffin on how he believes Colorado has been impacted by the Obama administration and what Romney's energy plan would actually mean for the Western Slope.
"Colorado, like most states, is suffering economically. Jobs are down, paychecks are down, people are worried about their futures. Coloradans, like every American, are concerned about the future. They're worried about a growing national debt that's going to be paid by our kids and grandkids. They're worried about a national defense that seems to be on the verge of being whittled away and they're really concerned about the lack of a sensible energy policy. There's an almost outright hostility towards hydrocarbons, oil, gas and coal on the part of this administration. They've also seen a lack of sensitivity toward the issues that the Rocky Mountain West cares about," said Rove.
Rove also explained how Romney is going to work with groups like the EPA if he gets into office.
"First of all, you do need a new EPA administrator. Not to just make us more energy independent but to stop loading on regulations that are going to make it more difficult for us to achieve energy independence. For example, the administration is looking at a rule which would basically take eight percent of our power generation capacity offline almost overnight. That would have huge consequences for the cost of energy and for the cost of making goods and services in America. I talked to some mid-western industrial chiefs who said that if that happens, the price of energy that goes into our manufacturing process is not going to go up by eight percent, it's going to go up 20 percent, or 25 percent, or 30 percent. All the years that we've spent making the American industry and American workers competitive with our foreign competitors is going to be out the window. The biggest change has got to be in making federal lands and federal waters available for sensible environmental regulation. We got all the tough regulations in place to make sure that when people drill on federal lands or drill on federal waters, that they do a good job and if they don't, then there are severe penalties as we saw in the BP example," said Rove.
There are 71 days left before the general election on Nov. 6.