Perry plan: More drilling, more jobs
October 14th, 2011
12:51 PM ET
11 years ago

Perry plan: More drilling, more jobs

(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."

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. John Herzog

    He needs to pay attention to words....."Let's drill more in America"......the number one supplier, in the world, of oil to the U.S. is Canada....Canada is America.......if he means the U.S. of America he should say it......the brains of an armidilo?....not fair to Armidilos....................

    October 14, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. MTATL67

    We don't need to drill for more oil we now have the Bakken oil field. We need to get off oil completely. Perry wants depended on this stuff because he makes money from it. As far as his battle with the EPA. I enjoy being able to breathe fresh air. I am sure folks from the Ohio valley to New England enjoy not seeing their rivers catch on fire. I am from Montana and I can tell you there is no way in hell that folks in that state would allow the evasive development that this man and other Republicans are proposing. His policies would cause us to fall further and further behind the rest of the world. Why would I trust this guys economics if he can even pay of his own states $27B debt and had to borrow money from the rest of.

    October 14, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Catherine Silver

    Governor Perry and anyone else that doesn't get it- read Ted Dansen's new book "Oceana" and take a better look at what is happening to our oceans. It's suicide to keep drilling in our oceans. Excellent book. I read every word

    October 14, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    I am tired of hearing about the jobs no one really wants. People in this country want to MAKE things. We want to hear some real solid, plans to return manufacturing to America. If you aren't going to talk about manufacturing.....then what's the POINT?

    October 14, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. John

    Rick Perry should just shut-up because every time he open his mouth he sound more like a Big IDIOT. You can't put every one In America that out of work by drilling for oil. Is this the Republican can do ,than America Is In Trouble. The only thing this will solve Is America will have more oil or more oil Spill. Either way all he doing Is going to help his Texas Buddy In Oil.

    October 14, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. trubtold1

    Same ole, Same ole. The Republicans same ole plan, cut benefits for the poor, elderly, and average american and give tax breaks and loopholes for the corporations and rich. All the while keeping their naive base stirred up with bigotry and hate for the poor, the immigrants, gays, women's rights, muslims, etc.

    October 14, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Gay

    Is this the best he could come up with. Give me a break.

    October 14, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. R Texas

    Perry does not have a clue. I live in Texas and his job creation claim is a bunch of crap. If his plan is or was so great, why has he not implemented to help Texans find work.

    October 14, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    "Heh, heh, Heck, if it worked for Texas, it can work for everybody. I don't see why not. Shucks."

    When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, then every problem you try to fix looks like it needs a hammer.

    October 14, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. normajean

    I thought Perry was dumb, but now I see it runs in the family. Perrys wife is now blaming the president because her son lost his job to work towards his fathers campaign ????? What the H does his job have to do with the president??????Here is a wealthy family crying the blues, while millions of families{ through NO fault of their own} are losing homes jobs , medical and just about everything they have worked hard for years to obtain......THE REPUBS ARE RETARDS AND WE'RE GETTING SICK OF IT....The president comes out with a jobs plan...McConnell dumbs it before he's seen it, then the Repubs dumb the presidents jobs bill and takes up abortion again???? WHICH DO WE NEED MORE, JOBS OR ABORTIONS?.... I question the sanity of the Republican party!!!!!!

    October 14, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Greg in Arkansas

    Perry....Skip the drilling, outlaw "self-service" at the gas pump, that way, you can create millions of NEW minimum wage jobs for gas-pump-jockeys and raise the pump price to cover the cost.....problem solved.....P.S. Don't forget to TAX the tips the jockeys might can balance the budget quicker and not have to raise taxes on the "job creators"

    October 14, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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