Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney today released an energy plan for the nation that supports development of oil, gas and nuclear power but undercuts wind and solar energy.

Speaking in Hobbs, New Mexico, an oil and gas industry center, Romney promised to create three million jobs and more than $1 trillion in new revenue and predicted complete “North American energy independence by 2020, a never-realized goal claimed by presidential candidates for decades.”

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Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shakes hands in Hobbs, New Mexico. (Photo by fotostelefonorojo)

Romney said he would expand off-shore oil drilling along the coast of mid-Atlantic swing states like North Carolina and Virginia, where it is currently banned and in the Gulf of Mexico.

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