Watching Government: Are states better regulators?

Mitt Romney drew a clear line when he announced his campaign's energy policy on Aug. 23. The most important part of it led directly back to producing US states. The former Massachusetts governor, who was expected at presstime last week to receive the Republican Party's nomination for the US presidency at its 2012 convention Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla., basically said that states are better qualified than the federal government to manage and regulate oil, gas, and other mineral resources within their borders. He stated that in a Romney administration, states would be empowered to establish processes to oversee development of all forms of energy inside their boundaries, excluding land which i...

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