Perry: Drill, baby, drill ... in Iowa?
December 16th, 2011
05:56 PM ET
7 years ago

Perry: Drill, baby, drill ... in Iowa?

Storm Lake, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry suggested Friday that Iowa may be ripe for natural gas drilling.

Speaking to packed coffee house in Storm Lake during his statewide bus tour, the Texas governor accused President Barack Obama of blocking domestic energy exploration.

"I say, Mr. President, free us in this country to create jobs, free us to allow us to be more dependent on domestic crude, crude that comes from the domestic hemisphere," he said. "Open up our federal lands and waters so that we can have access."

Perry pointed to the Marcellus Shale formation that extends from New York down through Appalachia, saying that scientists only recently discovered large amounts of natural gas under the ground there.

"I mean, we don't know what's underneath Iowa," he said. "There is new technologies coming along. You may be sitting on one of the big gas formations."

"Ten years ago, they didn't know that the Marcellus Shale was there," he said. "They didn't know that we have this massive amount of energy that we are sitting on."

Filed under: 2012 • Energy • Iowa • Rick Perry
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  1. haren

    Read the article in November Bloomberg business about This pipe line.
    If it goes thru KOCH BROTHERS ranch than may be he will tell his republican slaves to back it off.
    Does all this stupid guys knows that every gallon of oil they produce it produces 4 gallons of polluted water? and they don't want to pay if there is oil spill in pipe line, who is going to pay for it? we the American middle class.
    Why they don't want any regulation, because if they do than oil which we will get is going to cost them $115 which is way above the today's price of oil.
    Republicans are nothing but in the pockets of this oil producer.

    December 16, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. ..a laurel and hardy handshake..

    Ollie, would you say that MR. PERRY IS ONE OF THOSE GREAT GAS FORMATIONS ?

    December 16, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    >Texas governor accused President Barack Obama of blocking domestic energy exploration

    Stop being nice. Obama wants to destroy energy exploration in this country.

    I love how Obama attempts to take credit for the increase in US oil output like he had ANYTHING to do with it. It takes YEARS to get it online so any increase in output would be directly attributable to George Bush's policies, NOT Obama's. This country will see output decline in the coming years thanks to Obama. Obama is dishonest as the day is long. When Joe Wilson yelled "you lie!" he pretty much summed up Obama's presidency in two words.

    December 16, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. Phil Hall

    Drilling in Iowa: hey, maybe there is gas here, maybe there isn't. Perry's willing to destroy our natural heritage in order to find out, and if he's wrong–oh, well. It's us that will pay the price. Not him. Typical GOP BS.

    December 16, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. Jake

    the media really needs to stop referring to him as "Presidential nominee." It's really, really embarrassing!

    December 16, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. Pedro

    We could power the entire East Coast with all the manure that comes out of Perry's mouth.

    December 16, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. CAL USA

    In other words, Obama is preventing us from exploiting energy resources that we don't know exist. Makes as much sense as anything else Perry says. By the way, we had two Texas oilguys with a rubber stamp Congress for 6 years. How come we didn't drill-baby-drill our way to independence then? I know, Obama blocked it from his powerful position as an Illinois State Senator.

    December 16, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. Fed Up

    It just came out in Tx that Perry is drawing 77 hundred dollars a month on retirement, while receiving his salary as Tx Governor. He's double dipping while cutting benefits for the poorest people in Tx. Perry is a low life sorry hypocrite.

    December 16, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    It's all he knows - granny got a tater patch in her back yard? Dig it up and drill baby drill. To hell with food, air, water, just keep raping the earth and see how much you idiots have at the end of it - emphysema, asthma, cancer and all.

    December 16, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  10. steven harnack

    Did he really say let us be more dependent on oil ? He does know that prices are manipulated by speculation and refining decisions doesn't he? On second thought, I'm not going to bet on him knowing anything.

    December 16, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Seriously? "There is new technologies coming along?" This guy doesn't just need a recap on his political information, he needs a return to basics for his grammar skills. Perry 2012!

    December 16, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    If Newtered is the smarted [censored] in the GOP romper room, then Cowboy Fonzie might jsut be the stupidest.

    December 16, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. MAngeline

    "There is new technologies coming c'mon Rick. Can't you even speak proper English...there "IS"...guess you must've missed that class back in Paint Creek when you were a little cowpoke!

    December 16, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. KLDGBB

    That's right, Rick Perry, we wouldn't want to focus our efforts on renewable energy (both existing like wind and solar, plus research on new types of renewable, and I would also include nuclear). Also, energy conservation (i.e., raising CAFE standards, efficiency in buildings, etc.) is another outstanding way to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, both foreign and domestic. INSTEAD, let's lay even more of our earth to waste and spew more crap into our air in the name of "job creation," (i.e., lining the pockets of coal, oil, and natural gas companies).
    NOTE: I love it that right on this page even as I type is an advertisement for "Clean Coal" – without doubt the most hilariously oxymoronic ad campaign EVER. In a really sad way.

    December 16, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. cisco4

    This guy...Perry taking a $7500 a month pension from his state and making $150K a Governor is a joke.. And what about all the Corn subsudies to farmers in Iowa Mr.. Perry.. You talk about spending .. boy this guy is sucking on number one teat as well as his socialized farmers who make over a 100K a year stil get subsidies just for raising corn and soy beans.. And they say they are conservatives?. Conservative with whose money?

    December 16, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  16. once upon a horse

    he so crazy! But at least this is keeping him out of Texas for awhile. 🙂

    December 16, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  17. pn

    I think some methane gas could be collected from the cows farting in the state.

    December 16, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. pn

    I wish one could turn Rick Perry into Soylent Green.

    December 16, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  19. bawana

    the difference between aggie boots and real cowboy boots is with the aggie boots the crap is on the inside

    December 16, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  20. RINO Bil

    The excessive gas in Iowa will disappear after Rick Perry and the other Tea Party candidates move on to the next state.

    December 16, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  21. NAte

    They knew the Marcellus was there for quite a long time. Its the technology that changed, not a new resource discovery.

    December 16, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  22. Lisa

    Okay, so "drill, baby, drill" - but stop saying it will ease/stop America's reliance on foreign oil. We are talking about Capitalism and that means those in control of the oil/natural gas will sell it to the highest bidder. And that may not be the US. We cannot force them to keep the oil/gas only for US consumption. Where companies are concerned, there is no loyalty to the US, only to the bottom line (and higher profits).

    December 16, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  23. Everythingdies

    If we have so much gas, why does it cost so much?

    December 16, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  24. marie

    Perry must not have noticed all the wind turbines in the area...they are all over that part of Iowa. The land they sit on is prime agricultural going in some parts of state for over $10,000 an acre. Farm rent per acre is at an all time high. I don't think most people living in the state want to drill for natural gas or oil. Nice try though.

    December 16, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  25. James B

    I am beginning to believe that Perry has been sitting on some hot gases for some time. His 2001 rhetoric sure seems to suggest as much.

    December 16, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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