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By CER News Desk on Sep 4, 2012 with 2 responses

Duke Energy CEO Picks Obama Over Romney on Energy

President Barack Obama has been given an important vote of confidence from within the energy sector, with Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers telling news network CNN that the country is better off now when it comes to energy than it was before Obama’s election.

The statement comes just as the Democratic National Convention gets set to open in Charlotte, North Carolina, with Rogers acting as co-chairman of the event’s host committee. While the words come from within his own camp, Obama appears to be gaining ground on rival Mitt Romney with voters across the country where energy policy is concerned.

“Well, from an energy-sector [standpoint], we’re better off today than we were four years ago. Think about it. President Obama pursued an all-of-the-above strategy. Are we better off in terms of efficiency? We see per-home usage of electricity declining. That’s a good thing,” Rogers said to a CNN interviewer.

“The second thing is we [have had] two license[s] for nuclear plants issued. We have abundant supply of natural gas at low prices. And so as you look at the various ways to generate electricity in this country, we’re better off today than we were four years ago.”

Despite Romney focusing much of his campaign in recent weeks on what he calls Obama’s energy failures, a USA Today/Gallop poll conducted from August 20-22 shows that 53 percent of respondents see Obama as the better candidate to lead American energy policy into the future; by comparison, only 40 percent see that quality in Romney.

With energy issues playing a more and more prominent role leading up the election, both candidates are likely to continue to focus on that sector leading into November.

  1. By patrick j. kerfoot on September 5, 2012 at 8:06 am

          think where we would be if reagan and friends had pushed carter’s renewable energy programs instead of killed them, addiction to oil feeds old money, addiction   to greed is the real problem for our world to move on and becone what it can be

  2. By notKit P on September 5, 2012 at 11:21 am

    If we had pushed carter’s renewable energy programs we would have more broken wind turbines.  The best renewable energy left from the Carter ERA was geothermal and biomass. 


    For those who forget, when Bush took office California was suffering rolling blackout.  Bush got the ball rolling again in Texas building a new generation of modern wind farms and then made the resurgence of wind farms a national push.  All those wind farms started when Bush was POTUS finished under Obama. 


    As for the COLS issued for new nukes that again started when Bush was POTUS.  Clinton was very anti-nuclear and no new nuke plants were even being considered.  In fact the only NRC commissioner not to vote to approve the COL was the NRC Chairman that Obama appointed.


    I worked for Duke Energy 12 years ago.  Duke was major player in electricity production and natural gas gathering and distribution. Duke was smaller than ENRON but without the questionable business practices. The country was headed for trouble in electricity production and natural gas gathering.  The leadership at Duke was trying to get political leaders to understand.


    So yes when it comes to electricity production and natural gas gathering we are better off than 12 years ago but not because of anything Obama has done.  Obama has created a lot of uncertainty in the power industry.  We will not see the ramifications of Obama’s policies good or bad for 10 years because that is the cycle of infrastructure development. 


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