Romney to declare goal of North American energy independence by 2020 'Republicans are eager to make greater use of the U.S. energy supply to increase jobs for Americans suffering amid an 8.3 percent unemployment rate. They would curtail some federal regulations to permit more production. Romney is to predict that a full-blown energy plan will create 3 million jobs in energy sectors and other areas, part of an ambitious effort to create 12 million jobs during a Romney presidency. "I want every American who wants a good job to be able to have one," Romney told Republicans at a fund-raising event in Little Rock on Wednesday.' Romney to declare goal of North American energy independence by 2020 - chicagotribune.com That is real hope and change, and America is eager for a change in direction in this nation.