Perry: Drill, baby, drill ... in Iowa?
December 16th, 2011
05:56 PM ET
2 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
soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. Dilbert

    Not to mention all the natural gas underneath Rick Perry himself.

    December 16, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. Max

    Educate himself

    The time Perry is wasting talking about drilling for oil, he needs to spend it to educate himself about political system. In doing so he will learn that the voting age in America is 18 and not 21. He will learn also how to give a political speech with flubbing and how to properly pronounce people's name. He will also have an informed idea of what the different government agencies are, then he can decide which one's he want to shelf. These are taught in politics 101.

    December 16, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. Max

    Educate himself

    The time Perry is wasting talking about drilling for oil, he needs to spend it to educate himself about out political system. In doing so he will learn that the voting age in America is 18 and not 21. He will learn also how to give a political speech with flubbing and how to properly pronounce people's name.

    He will also have an informed idea of what the different government agencies are, then he can decide which one's he want to cut. These are taught in politics 101.

    December 16, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. American

    Translation from Aggie Texan: I want to trash the place.

    December 16, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  5. Liz

    the only thing that ought to be drilled is another hole in Perry's head. as if he needs one...

    December 16, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. davetharave

    So just because the energy is 'there', we are compelled to drill, dig or whatever it takes to get at it ? With that kind of logic we will NEVER get to the point where cleaner, more natural sources like wind and solar are looked at as replacements for cheap, dirty fuels we dig out of the ground. Strip mines, chemical fracking, oil spills, blasting away entire mountains to get at coal. Republicans don't care about the environment or progress, they just care how cheap it is.

    December 16, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  7. THE LONE OKIE

    I feel sorry for the people of Texas. All he has is a bunch of "cornball saying"s. It's good he is being vetted. He seems scared of Romney and Newt. Also, he seems to not be able to remember like someone with a drinking problem.

    December 16, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  8. SPLAT!~

    Not a lot of Federal lands in Iowa, Neidermeyer!~

    December 16, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  9. Keith, US Citizen living in Canada

    Sure BoneHead Perry. Frack away me boys. Full speed ahead and damn the Iowa water. It may even produce more minimum wage jobs like Perry is famous for in Texas.

    December 16, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  10. Cindy

    We Dems are okay with you jerks polluting up the Red States all you want. Filthy air and water ought to make their voters more appreciative of the little things: like the EPA and universal healthcare.

    December 16, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  11. dan

    This is partisan rubbish, and you know it, Gov. Perry. How about a real platform with authentic proposals? Probably never.

    December 16, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. Denker

    Can we please bury these more than annoying buzz-phrases, please?

    December 16, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  13. GaryOwen27

    Wow, the Red Neck Right would have us sell every one of our natural resources...our stratigic reserves, too the Chinese.

    December 16, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  14. us1776

    Oh by all means Mr. Alzheimer (Perry) let's just find some more fossil-fuels to burn and throw more trillions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. And while we're at it we'll put the U.S. even further behind all the other nations that are now weaning themselves off of fossil-fuels by investing in thousands of alternative energy projects and companies.

    What neanderthals !!

    .

    December 16, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. CBR

    This idea that drill baby drill will solve this nation's energy problems is giving Americans false hope. We need to conserve, conserve, conserve. All of us have used too much and conserved to little. It would be great to see what we could do to cut our use of energy before we drill baby drill.

    December 16, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  16. Zanatos

    Corporations do not usually "drill baby drill" for natural gas. Corporations use "fracking" to extract natural gas from the ground. Fracking is a controversial practice and is suspected of permanently contaminating groundwater and creating huge underground plumes of chemical pollution.

    Rick Perry really should do a little homework before he keeps flapping his lips about domestic energy. Otherwise, he might soon find himself confronted by hordes of angry Iowans.

    December 16, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  17. OrangeW3dge

    So this is actually a story from today, not a week ago. It is fruitless to comment on Rick Perry at this point. But what is a Man of God doing talking about what "scientists" have said. I would have thought he would bust out his divining rods and find hidden wealth. You do notice that in the best tradition of the snake oil salesman that he says "You may be" sitting on one of the big gas formations...

    December 16, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  18. Clwyd

    He's ruined the environment in his state from oil and natural gas de-regulations that now he wants to ruin Iowa!

    December 16, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  19. Bob

    Sorry, as someone originally from the Midwest, we already have enough problem with our water supply. People in Colorado can now light on fire their tap water thanks to the fracking that Haliburton has been doing (and still insists is safe and that the water suddenly becoming combustible is purely a coincidence). Water supplies in the Midwest are already being contaminated by runoff and fertilizer overuse (just ask the people in the Mississippi Delta where nothing will grow now) that wells not touched by rivers are dwindling, precious resources that can't be replaced. On the other hand you have a fossil fuel that will be gone in less than 50 years and pollutes the environment even under ideal conditions. Which takes priority?

    December 16, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  20. tlmess

    Comedy Central needs to employ this guy, he's hilarious. hahaha

    December 16, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  21. Vote Ru Paul 2012

    This man is even dumber than Ole Dubya.

    Ru Paul 2012 !!

    December 16, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    Kill the corn, kill the wheat, kill the babies and the elderly – just drill baby drill.

    December 16, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  23. Foreverwar

    Is Perryhead the only person who isn't aware that he no longer has a chance?

    December 16, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  24. Arch

    Rick Perry, candidate of the Very Silly Party.

    December 16, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  25. LouAz

    Fracking in Iowa ? Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of Repugnant TPers.

    December 16, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
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