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."

Filed under: 2012 • Energy • Rick Perry
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. cf

    Republicans like him will not be happy until every inch of the country is polluted, every animal is extinct, and every drop of oil on the earth is used up.

    October 14, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Save the Rich, vote GOP

    Drilling company's should be able to have hazardous runoff leach into our waterways unchecked, It's the American thing to do.

    October 14, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Liesofthefoxists/fascists

    This GOP mantra of ~ sacrifice anything and everything for corporate profits ~ will be the end the US.

    October 14, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. A Repulbican

    Spoken like a true Texan, help my buddies in the gulf make more money!

    October 14, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    Most of us just can't wait for more of those minimum wage jobs that you offer. The funny thing is you'll be keeping your six figure salary. Imagine that.

    October 14, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. Ex-GOP Con

    President Obama tried that already...Then the nutty right blamed him for the BP oil spill.

    October 14, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Drill, baby Drill. Gov. Perry appears to be just as one dimensional as Mr. Cain.

    This pipeline through America's heartland to the Gulf of Mexico, that Perry favors being built, would do nothing but put what comes out of our ground into tankers destined for the global market. It is a long and arduous journey to Alaska for an oil tanker. Journeying to the Gulf would be so much more convenient, I suppose. The pipeline helps the oil companies more than it helps American jobs.

    October 14, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. TomInRochNY

    Some Rs say Obama is one and done. Perry is zero and done.

    October 14, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Colowest

    What an idiot. There is already a glut of natural gas, and crude prices are so low that many American producers are capping domestic wells and buying imported crude. There's no use for more oil and gas until the economy improves, the economy isn't going to improve until ordinary people have money to spend, ordinary people won't have money to spend until we have jobs and better pay, and we won't have jobs and better pay until we start making things! THEN we might need more oil and gas.

    October 14, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. gg

    whats a little oil on the beachs or burning drinking water

    October 14, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Don

    What a courageous plan. Drill baby drill with no regulations or taxes. Where does the man find his courage?

    October 14, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. JD

    Wow, how backward. It seems like the lessons from 2008 and "drill, baby, drill" have not been learned. Why not go back to whaling for oil, as long as the plan is to pursue antiquated energy sources?

    October 14, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Fred

    It's NOT an either-or choice: energy or the environment! This is extremely misleading, something the Teapublicans relish in doing. Of course, the US needs energy but this need and the technology associated with obtaining the energy sources must be environmentally sound. Otherwise, we pollute our nest. Such simplistic arguments as Perry's are typical of big business seeking profit over people and the environment people live in. We can have both!

    October 14, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    Of course he does not accept the choice between energy and the environment because he picks energy ever time, thus consigning our economy to dependency on a 19th century technolgy. I've never seen a group of so-called "pro-business" people so hell bent on keeping our technology stagnent: its a recipe for disaster, focusing only on short -term energy needs while ignoring the need to develop a long -term, strategic approach to energy. Also, how would this pipeline develop jobs in states that are crying out for jobs? This is nothing more than a means of punishing blue states and rewarding red states, all the while destroying the quality of life in the Oil Patch. Short-sighted, a$$-backwards thinking. Again.

    October 14, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. al in memphis

    Drilling for more oil is why China is loaning the USA money? Think again, you have to manufacture more of the goods we are buying.
    Oil companies were making record profits and do you think they were hiring everybody who did have a job.

    October 14, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. Boytjie

    Drill Baby Drill 2.0

    October 14, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. walter S. Adams

    Rick "One Trick Pony" Perry won't be happy until all his oil biz buddies are happy, while the rest of us 99 percenters are wheezing and coughing our way to an early grave. For as much sunshine as Texas receives, solar power produced in Texas could fuel the electrical needs of the entire nation.

    October 14, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Drake in Vancouver

    When he has to give an actual solution rather than nonsensical talking points this is the best Perry can come up with?

    October 14, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. Republican who supports President Obama

    What a joke. What happens when we run out of oil. What then? How will drilling help job creation on other states that do not have an oil field?

    He is just playing to his state – where most of the oil companies have major offices.

    These folks just do not understand that there has to be another option for energy aside from oil.

    October 14, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. Russ in Md

    This countries energy resources need to be made available to create job and reduce our reliance on foreign oil. 1.2 million Good paying jobs and I don't care what you say, the environment will be protected. Just because we drill doesn't mean it's drill at will. As far as the EPA goes, reel them back. Heck they made your own exhaled breath in the form of CO2 a toxic gas. Ok it's time for the rhetoric and hate from the Obama lovers. Let's here your brainless arguments. If CNN lets this get posted.

    October 14, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. Phil in KC

    I want to know how drilling more oil wells is going to create millions of jobs. And what percentage of those jobs will be in Texas? How will this help the states whose jobless rates are the highest?

    October 14, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. Len

    What a joke.....

    October 14, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. vic , nashville ,tn

    Try to get Pailn support
    We become super power and rich because we invested in technology not depend on our natural resources

    October 14, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Aaron

    Get ready for a string of Gulf-sized oil spills.

    October 14, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Because that's what Americans need right now....oil rig jobs....

    October 14, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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