Interesting numbers but not really changing anything. Sure, the Romney team says their plan will lead to increased middle-class jobs and economic recovery. What campaign would claim otherwise? The question is how? And when it comes to energy, the Romney plan’s answer is more oil extraction with a goal of North American not U.S. “independence.” Last time I checked, Canada and Mexico were still sovereign nations.
And by the way, with regard to the Romney plan being only relevant to 2020: It can take quite some time to develop a new oil field. For example, the EIA estimates that development of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) — given weather constraints — would take 10 years from the time of legislation to initial production. Offshore fields would be similarly slow.
Finally, with regard to the time it takes to transition to clean or renewable energy: An energy policy that ignores those alternatives is likely to make that transition slower, don’t you think?