By Justin Stink
Mitt Romney continued his tour through pivotal swing states Wednesday, hammering President Obama on his energy policies at an oil field in Ft. Lupton, Colo., and arguing that Democrats' focus on green energy has inhibited job growth.
"He said he was going to spend $150 billion on green energy and create 5 million jobs ... I have a hard time seeing all those jobs," Romney told workers at the Spindle-Sussex oil field.
Romney also dismissed the administration's argument that domestic oil production had gone up during Obama's tenure, claiming that loosened restrictions under President Bush were responsible for that bump.
"The president likes to credit for the fact that as president, oil production was up. Well, I'd like to take credit for when as governor the Red Sox won the World Series. But that's not the case," Romney said.
The speech was the second time in a week Romney focused a campaign stop on energy policy, looking to capitalize on unease over unseasonably high fuel prices. Last Thursday in costal Virginia, Romney blasted the administration's hesitation to authorize new licenses for offshore drilling. Wednesday in Colorado, Romney focused his remarks on domestic oil and natural gas production, saying the EPA should authorize hydraulic fracturing to reach new energy reserves and open new federal lands to oil companies.
"This is a recognition that finally has to come to the White House because it's come to the American people," Romney said.
Romney also lampooned the president's initiatives on green energy, highlighting companies that have struggled to repay federal investments or generate job growth.
"They should do more studying on Solyndra and less studying on drilling on the intercontinental shelf," Romney said, alluding to the solar energy company that went bankrupt last year, defaulting on its federally-backed loans.
Later Wednesday, Romney will campaign in Oklahoma City with Gov. Mary Fallin, where he is again expected to discuss energy issues.