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Mitt Romney

Dirty Energy

The oil and coal industries are well represented on Romney’s campaign team:

Romney's top energy adviser is a billionaire oil executive.  Bloomberg reported: “Mitt Romney, the front-runner for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, appointed Oklahoma oil billionaire Harold Hamm as energy adviser to his campaign. Hamm, the 66-year-old founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Continental Resources Inc. (CLR), will be chairman of Romney’s Energy Policy Advisory Group, the candidate’s campaign office said in a statement today.” As Think Progress has noted, another prominent member of the Romney campaign is Candian oil lobbyist David Wilkins. [Bloomberg, 3/1/12; Think Progress, 2/21/12]

Adviser behind Romney’s pro-coal rhetoric has ties to major coal company. According to the Boston Globe, “Jim Talent, the former US senator from Missouri, argues for looser restrictions on domestic energy production in one of several commentaries included as part of the economic plan GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney unveiled this week. ‘America has hundreds of years of coal reserves,’ writes Talent, a Republican and key Romney economic advisor, blaming government regulation for hampering domestic coal mining and other energy production. … What the former Missouri senator’s essay does not mention is that the Washington lobbying and communications firm he leads as co-chairman, Mercury Public Affairs, counts among its clients Peabody Energy, a St. Louis-based company that is one the largest coal producers in the world.” [The Boston Globe, 9/9/11]

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