(CNN) - Making his first policy speech in the GOP presidential race, Rick Perry laid out the beginning of his jobs plan Friday by focusing on energy.
"We're standing on top of the next American economic boom, and it's the energy underneath this country," Perry said at the U.S. Steel Irvin plant in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania. "And the quickest way to give our economy a shot in the arm is to deploy the American ingenuity, to tap American energy."
He claimed his energy strategy, which would focus on more domestic sources for oil and gas, would create 1 million jobs and could be set in motion within his first 100 days in the Oval Office.
Hitting hard against Environmental Protection Agency regulations in the natural gas and coal industries, Perry said fewer federal rules would free up more opportunities for drilling in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico, and expanding clean coal technology resources.
"I do not accept the premise, I do not accept the choice that we must pick between energy and the environment," Perry said.
A vocal proponent of state's right, Perry called on the government to return regulation rights to the states, themselves, and abandon a "one size fits all mentality."
The Texas governor also blasted President Barack Obama's energy policies as too regulatory and too dependent on "hostile sources of foreign oil."
"His energy policies are driven by the concerns of activists in his party," Perry said. "My policies are driven by the concerns of American workers without jobs."
Obama's re-election campaign responded Friday, slamming Perry's energy policy and highlighting Obama's strategy.
"Governor Perry's energy policy isn't the way to win the future, it's straight out of the past-doubling down on finite resources with no plan to promote innovation or to transition the nation to a clean energy economy," said spokesman Ben LaBolt in a statement.
LaBolt argued that Obama's energy plans have already created hundreds of thousands of jobs in the clean energy sector and that the government is "using all domestic sources of energy in a responsible way."