Rick Perry’s extensive energy plan echoes Palin: “Drill, baby, drill!”

posted at 11:25 am on October 14, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Critics of the energy plan Rick Perry will introduce today say it’s “Bush and Cheney gone wild,” but it’s hard to object to common-sense proposals that would create 1.2 million jobs. When Perry delivers the first major policy speech of his campaign today at a Pittsburgh steel mill, he’ll call for expanded oil and gas production, reduced environmental regulations and revised incentives for various types of energy development.

“Getting the energy industry back to work is the quickest way to spark 1.2 million good, well-paid American jobs, and at the same time reduce our dependence on energy from nations that are all too often hostile to the United States,” Perry said in a telephone interview Thursday with USA TODAY previewing the speech at a Pittsburgh steel mill.

He vowed to reverse many of the energy policies pursued by President Obama, saying “the radical environmental movement” had been “sitting in the front of the train, being the engineer” during Obama’s tenure.

Specifically, Perry plans to permit drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska and in expanded offshore areas; reconsider the Environmental Protection Agency’s clean-air and other regulations; repeal the EPA’s authority over CO2 and greenhouse gases; approve the Keystone XL pipeline; establish litigation deadlines to expedite lawsuits related to energy and the environment; and phase out subsidies that benefit specific kinds of energy, retaining only a research and development tax credit that benefits all energy producers (oil, gas, wind, solar, etc.).

Essentially, what Perry proposes is what this Oklahoma-bred girl has been advocating for a while now. Perry claims his plan will create 1.2 million jobs and that seems plausible. Consider: Scotland-headquartered consulting firm Wood Mackenzie — which has extensive experience analyzing oil and natural gas industry issues — recently released a study that showed the U.S. could create 1.4 million jobs, bring in an additional $800 billion in revenue and add 10 billion barrels of additional oil and gas by 2030 simply by “unleashing domestic energy.” What did Wood Mackenzie mean by that last phrase? Almost exactly what Perry plans to do:

The policy changes include opening non-park federal onshore and offshore areas to development where now prohibited, returning permitting in the Gulf of Mexico to historical levels, approving the Keystone XL and other pipelines, and establishing a regulatory environment that permits full development of the nation’s oil and gas resources, including those locked in shale formations.

Consider, too, that energy states still lead in job creation, despite the regulatory clampdown that followed the Deepwater Horizon oil spill last year.

Perry’s also right to roll back EPA regulations. The agency’s newest round of rules would cost $21 billion just to administer (i.e. that’s not the economic cost of the regs). Past a certain basic safety point, regulations rarely create value and regularly result in unintended consequences. Take just one example of regulations gone awry: After a number of oil and gas roughnecks died in flash fires, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration required rig workers to wear heavy fire-retardant clothing all the time. The result? An anecdotal increase in deaths from heatstroke. Point is: Bureaucrats don’t always understand the industries they regulate.

Regarding incentives for renewables, Perry’s plan is especially appealing. Eliminating energy-specific subsidies and instead supplying incentives for research and development in general just levels the playing field. Yes, that elimination will disproportionately affect renewable energy companies — but only because they disproportionately benefit from subsidies. Right now, for every 2 cents of subsidies for “Big Oil,” wind and solar receive $1. Basically, Perry just plans to get out of the business of picking losers. After Solyndra, that should be a solution we can all get behind.

Whether these proposals will help Perry’s chances at the presidency is almost beside the point: What matters is that he’s introducing the substance of this plan to the race. Just as Cain’s 9-9-9 plan has sparked conversation about tax reform, this plan should spark a much-needed discussion about energy policy. Let those who oppose the plan explain how the U.S. can afford to go without the more than a million jobs it would create.


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Coming out with an energy plan is the best way to get some steam back into his campaign.

jeffn21 on October 14, 2011 at 11:29 AM

That’s the smartest thing Perry hassaid since he got into this race. I’m glad he said it as the others will have to follow.

VegasRick on October 14, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Good. Now show some fire in the belly and go sell this on every prime time & Sunday interview you can nail down. Show some fire in the belly, Rick. You can’t get back in this thing unless people think you really want it.

Meh on October 14, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Perry will never win me back, but this is a smart plan.

Laura in Maryland on October 14, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Tina, why did you choose that picture?

There are many of his appearances today.

What is your motive or subliminal desire?

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2011 at 11:30 AM

This is an excellent plan – now go out and sell this sucker.

gophergirl on October 14, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Perry will never win me back, but this is a smart plan.

Laura in Maryland on October 14, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Thank God you’re still a free woman.

I loved yer “stool” comment on the other thread.

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Combine this plan with the repeal of Obamacare and we would have an ideal environment for job creation.

Lawdawg86 on October 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM

There’s something about scraping up $50 to give to the gas station attendant for the cheapie unleaded, not getting a full tank, and not getting change back.

Laura in Maryland on October 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Finally somebody is shooting for the Palin substitute slot. I’m not sure Perry is up to it though.

ElectricPhase on October 14, 2011 at 11:32 AM

It’s a start. I’m surprised no one else has unveiled an extensive domestic energy plan thus far. I’m certain Mittens pays lip service to it in his 10,000 point plan, but it doesn’t even seem to be a topic of discussion in the debates or in interviews.

Doughboy on October 14, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Combine this plan with the repeal of Obamacare and we would have an ideal environment for job creation.

Lawdawg86 on October 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Yep.

I think if he campaigns on those two things – he has a very solid platform.

gophergirl on October 14, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Perry will never win me back, but this is a smart plan.

Laura in Maryland on October 14, 2011 at 11:30 AM

LOL…

My dear Laura, Perry never had you in the first place.

But given Romney or Perry, who do you prefer? Just asking….

TheRightMan on October 14, 2011 at 11:33 AM

When is the Pittsburgh speech?

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Perry has always been for this…his is the energy state, and has been targeted by Obama from the very beginning.
Cain would be smart by just saying, I agree, and more…we can “multi-task”, energy, manufacturing, all put jobs across the nation back to work.

right2bright on October 14, 2011 at 11:35 AM

I had a discussion with cozmo in another thread and we came to the conclusion that Cain’s plan is nothing but a catchy slogan: 9-9-9.

It will be DOA in Congress and I sure hope he has a backup plan to get America working again.

Perry, on the other hand, has demonstrated with this first phase of his plan that he knows what it will take to get America working again immediately.

Drill, baby, drill…

It is working for Canada, why can’t it work here?

TheRightMan on October 14, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Perry will never win me back, but this is a smart plan.

Laura in Maryland on October 14, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Sure he will…if he was the winner, you have Obama or Perry, you would gladly pull the lever for Perry…but don’t worry, I really think it will be…

right2bright on October 14, 2011 at 11:37 AM

But given Romney or Perry, who do you prefer? Just asking….

TheRightMan on October 14, 2011 at 11:33 AM

The question s/b Romney or Perry OR another 4 years of obambi.

VegasRick on October 14, 2011 at 11:37 AM

It’s a start. I’m surprised no one else has unveiled an extensive domestic energy plan thus far. I’m certain Mittens pays lip service to it in his 10,000 point plan, but it doesn’t even seem to be a topic of discussion in the debates or in interviews.

Doughboy on October 14, 2011 at 11:32 AM

That’s probably because each of the candidates assume all the others have the same position. To be honest, in a sane world, it’s a no-brainer.

John Deaux on October 14, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Fox ‘n Friends today…I’m looking for the Pittsburgh speech.

Please tell when it takes place, anyone.

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Just what we needed to hear from Perry. Being strong on energy will certainly get the jobs express rolling.

Kissmygrits on October 14, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Too bad he still wants to attrack illegal aliens here with in-state tuition.

ctmom on October 14, 2011 at 11:39 AM

How long before Romney blasts this plan from a liberal perspective?

besser tot als rot on October 14, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Fox ‘n Friends today…I’m looking for the Pittsburgh speech.

Please tell when it takes place, anyone.

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2011 at 11:38 AM

I’ve been looking as well. Can’t find it.

gophergirl on October 14, 2011 at 11:41 AM

The question s/b Romney or Perry OR another 4 years of obambi.

VegasRick on October 14, 2011 at 11:37 AM

The question is: Perry/Cain/Gingrich or 4 more years of Obamney?

besser tot als rot on October 14, 2011 at 11:41 AM

To do this, he must take on AGW as a political scam of the left (and go for taking down the UN at the same time). The left will attack oil as synonomous with pollution and evil.

The correct take -drill while you research – let the scientist drive his oil driven car to the lab while he works on Nirvana.

Green energy? Only a fool would swap a leaking lifeboat for the Titanic.

Don L on October 14, 2011 at 11:41 AM

I think this gives the idea more of a boost than Perry. It is common sense and once we get a republican senate and WH it is going to happen. Energy may be key in the election in Nov but if he wants to get a boost he must show some hard numbers on employment and reduced prices in the near term. He needs to show some real depth on the issue to overcome his debate flaws. Speaking of debates, McCain sucked but makes perry look like a high schooler,Obama would destroy him.

tim c on October 14, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Smart, baby, smart…

Khun Joe on October 14, 2011 at 11:43 AM

That’s probably because each of the candidates assume all the others have the same position. To be honest, in a sane world, it’s a no-brainer.

John Deaux on October 14, 2011 at 11:38 AM

That’s a very naive mindset. Only Cain is proposing a national sales tax. Only Mittens and Huntsman have expressed support for curbing carbon emissions. Only Ron Paul(I think) wants to abolish the Fed. Only Perry has openly referred to Social Security as a Ponzi scheme and supported in-state tuition for illegals.

For them to act like they’re all the same and that this is a personality contest is absurd.

Doughboy on October 14, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Here’s the advance copy of the speech.

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Why are we still talking about Perry? This guys is toast. Time to rally around Romney, who is the only viable candidate that can beat Obama. If you want 4 more years of Obama, keep supporting one of the other wanna be candidates.

OKCubsFan on October 14, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Oh, but I thought Rick Perry was dumb as a sack of rocks? /
This goes beyond just energy production, utilities won’t necessarily skyrocket under this plan which means all manner of other industries will benefit.

cartooner on October 14, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Critics of the energy plan Rick Perry will introduce today say it’s “Bush and Cheney gone wild,” but it’s hard to object to common-sense proposals that would create 1.2 million jobs.

Those critics would be???? Bueller Bueller? The Progressive Left.

What a weird way to start a Perry blog post about his plans for the U.S. economy from the position/ view point of the uber leftist firebaggers.

Has everyone forgot permitorium in the gulf? It’s not like drilling in Texas and the Gulf of Mexico is like a major job provider or anything like that/

Earth to Tina, the United States of America is a petrol based economy, it’s why we are so effected by the price of a barrel of oil- the price that is set by OPEC. The default global currency is the dollar. Unless you believe you can run an economy the size of the U.S. on solar panels, Don Quixote’s nightmare, skittle rainbows,, and unicorn farts. We need to drill at home instead of filling foreign coffers like Iran.

Perry hit the target again, we need to be more energy independent, and that’s not going to happen funding green energy boondoggles, pie in the sky companies like Soylandra.

Dr Evil on October 14, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Why are we still talking about Perry? This guys is toast. Time to rally around Romney, who is the only viable candidate that can beat Obama. If you want 4 more years of Obama, keep supporting one of the other wanna be candidates.

OKCubsFan on October 14, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Nice try!

cartooner on October 14, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Here’s the advance copy of the speech.

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Thank you

gophergirl on October 14, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Laura in Maryland on October 14, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Let me explain why I sort of give Perry a pass on his comments:

Perry jumped into the race and was riding high. Then he got to the first debate without much if any prep and got knocked around a whole lot (probably unexpectedly by him). After that, he knew that he had to turn it around in the next debate. The next debate came soon thereafter without much time to regroup and the wheels were coming off – he was floundering badly.

I’d say its analogous to someone taking a standardized test – as long as things are going good, they keep on going (which is why practice is important) – but if they get behind or feel a time crunch, they start to panic and things just deteriorate from there.

I think that’s what happened to Perry with the immigration question – he knew it was coming, but his brain was blank and he couldn’t think of what to say – the easiest thing for someone to do in a situation like that is to resort to demagoguery. That’s why the left always calls everyone H.itler for every little thing – they are brain-dead and can’t think of a rational argument.

Anyway, that’s my take. Leftist demagoguery in such situations is really inexcusable and stupid (my feeling is that Perry knows that), but it is certainly not as bad as leftist demagoguery used in a calculating and strategic manner like Romney and Bachmann used with SS/Medicare.

besser tot als rot on October 14, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Why are we still talking about Perry? This guys is toast. Time to rally around Romney, who is the only viable candidate that can beat Obama. If you want 4 more years of Obama, keep supporting one of the other wanna be candidates.

OKCubsFan on October 14, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Hecks yeah!

Hallelujah, Sing it sister!

What are all the dimwits thinkin’?

cozmo on October 14, 2011 at 11:51 AM

“But what about the global warming?” — Romney

John the Libertarian on October 14, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Barack Obama’s extensive Healthcare plan echoes Romney: “…the fact of the individual mandate being both constitutional and wise policy is an opinion shared across the ideological spectrum.!”

FIFY.

Bill C on October 14, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Why are we still talking about Perry? This guys is toast. Time to rally around Romney, who is the only viable candidate that can beat Obama. If you want 4 more years of Obama, keep supporting one of the other wanna be candidates.

OKCubsFan on October 14, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Haha, you mean Mitt “25%” Romney? Romney, the guy who is currently losing to a pizza executive turned talk radio host? That Mitt Romney, is “inevitable”?

Truth be told, I will vote for whoever has momentum with my fellow conservative voters and is not named Mitt Romney by the time primaries roll around, be it Cain, Perry, Gingrich, etc. Any of them will beat Obama, but no one will stab us in the back as quickly as Mitt Romney.

Lawdawg86 on October 14, 2011 at 11:52 AM

cartooner on October 14, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Yeah but he needs a catchy catch phrase…you know like 9 9 9 LOL!

Dr Evil on October 14, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Conservatives were, ironically, slow to the “conserve nature” movement and we’ve been punished for that like we’ve been punished for our slow response to Civil Rights. And that is just.

Anyone advocating a reckless “drill, baby, drill” policy is a fool. But anyone reactively opposing “drill, baby, drill” — and I can think of one party whose foot jumps forward everytime the doctor’s hammer touches their knee with that expression — is really, really foolish.

It appears to me, on a quick perusal, that Perry has a balanced approach. Yes, we need to open ANWR, reduce environmental regulations in the Gulf and other places, and make it easier to pipe fracked gas around. But we also need to show we are doing so with a steady, wisened hand.

Perry’s smart to open up this debate. He truly is not out of the race, despite what the pundits and even polls say. Things are quite volatile, the only constant being Obama’s going down.

MaxMBJ on October 14, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Those critics would be???? Bueller Bueller? The Progressive Left.

Dr Evil on October 14, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Oh, I’m willin’ to bet there are two candidates for the republican nomination who will criticize whatever plan Perry would come up with (especially this one). I am also willing to bet that you could name them if you thought about it for a bit.

cozmo on October 14, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Although Florida had long threatened to break the RNC-imposed rule protecting the four states (Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina) that traditionally hold early nominating contests, the timing of Florida’s final decision — immediately after Herman Cain won a Sept. 24 straw-poll in Orlando — aroused deep suspicions from conservatives.

Gloom over the party.

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Yeah but he needs a catchy catch phrase…you know like 9 9 9 LOL!
Dr Evil

“Drill, baby, drill” isn’t good enough for you?

MaxMBJ on October 14, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Great plan. This will win over a lot of blue collar workers too. They want jobs. Obama has been so wrong on energy. This plan wins a lot of O’s states too.

kerrhome on October 14, 2011 at 11:56 AM

It is common sense and once we get a republican senate and WH it is going to happen.

Yup, nothing special, just standard republican energy policy. But if you’re desperately looking for excuses to salvage Perry, I suppose everything he does looks amazing to you. “OMG! Republican wants to drill for oil.” Not exactly breaking news. Good policy, but it’s standard fare for the party.

hanzblinx on October 14, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Whenever a lib decries ‘damage to the environment’ they’re usually stopped in their tracks when I bring up just how successful the ‘clean movement’ has been over the past 30-odd years, since those tired old phrases became their default responses. Expressing my gratitude for those efforts takes them aback.. hehe.
Just look at how many jobs and new industries have been created by discovering how to protect or clean up any problems !
There are many lines of discussion here, if they’re willing to actually hear me. ;-)
Most are simply stuck in the 70′s mindset, but there IS hope.

pambi on October 14, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Smart.

Yeah with Perry it’s smart but with Palin it’s dumb! Sarah can and would do the job better than any of these Ya Ya’s calling them selves Republican candidates.

Herb on October 14, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Great plan. This will win over a lot of blue collar workers too. They want jobs. Obama has been so wrong on energy. This plan wins a lot of O’s states too.

kerrhome on October 14, 2011 at 11:56 AM

They ALL need to press this issue. +++++ gas prices go down = other prices go down.

VegasRick on October 14, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Huh ??
You’re assuming Sarah wouldn’t be tapped in some fashion ?!?
Get a grip.

pambi on October 14, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Why are we still talking about Perry? This guys is toast. Time to rally around Romney, who is the only viable candidate that can beat Obama. If you want 4 more years of Obama, keep supporting one of the other wanna be candidates.

OKCubsFan on October 14, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Nice try!

cartooner on October 14, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Exactly! Perry has more cash on hand than Romney and Romney’s been in this race, well, since he was born. Perry truly is fiscally conservative and he’s demonstrating that in his campaign’s use of cash. I know, I know, Romney can simply cut himself a check, but for now Perry is spending wisely.

This plan he’s unveiled is good stuff and more than just conservatives will be on board.

kerrhome on October 14, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Coming out with an energy plan is the best way to get some steam back into his campaign.
jeffn21 on October 14, 2011 at 11:29 AM

I dunno about that, on just about every question so far in the debates his reply has been “Drill..Texas…Oil” and it hasn’t helped him very much at all. Besides that, you’d be hardpressed to find any serious candidates in the race who aren’t for changing Obama’s anti-energy rules. This staff Friday document dump likely just isn’t much of a game changer.

whatcat on October 14, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Yeah with Perry it’s smart but with Palin it’s dumb! Sarah can and would do the job better than any of these Ya Ya’s calling them selves Republican candidates.

Herb on October 14, 2011 at 11:58 AM

She’s not running. Get over it.

VegasRick on October 14, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Sorry, forgot to paste, and my comment was for :

Herb on October 14, 2011 at 11:58 AM

pambi on October 14, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Full transcript of Rick Perry’s speech:
http://www.thecypresstimes.com/article/News/National_News/GOV_PERRY_UNVEILS_JOBS_PLAN/51698

onlineanalyst on October 14, 2011 at 12:01 PM

May these two be shocked!

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Herb on October 14, 2011 at 11:58 AM

She’s not running.

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Two things will allow the American economy to skyrocket … energy independence, and taking away the incentives for illegals to come and stay here.

He’s got one …

darwin on October 14, 2011 at 12:03 PM

They ALL need to press this issue. +++++ gas prices go down = other prices go down.

VegasRick on October 14, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Absolutely! They all also need to press school choice. Does everyone realize the number of minorities that want school choice? Many are already religious conservatives too. It’s a winning platform. Harvest our own energy and sell it. Improve our schools through competition. Conservatives are already on board with these. People that vote Dem would cross over in droves to vote for a conservative candidate talking about jobs and better schools through choice.

kerrhome on October 14, 2011 at 12:03 PM

For them to act like they’re all the same and that this is a personality contest is absurd.

Doughboy on October 14, 2011 at 11:43 AM

That’s true but don’t forget the beer test. Which candidate would a voter most likely -like to have a beer with….George W Bush vs Al Gore, Bush won. And didn’t Hillary win the beer constest in the democrat primary? It’s probably why we always get to see Obama having a beer with someone, “The Beer Summit” the last one was with an out of work construction worker with a DUI on his record LOL It’s all about the optics. These folks hire people who spend their time profiling us, remember Hillary’s campaign adviser Mark Penn? He wrote a book about his findings.

Dr Evil on October 14, 2011 at 12:04 PM

If you want to know what a strong energy sector looks like – head over to the Permian Basin fields. The economy in all of those communities are booming and the whole community is benefiting. Sales clerks are getting $10 – $15 an hour. Good waitresses are bringing $500 plus in tips – on a Monday night. My nephew is making a heck of a living doing landscaping around his college schedule. Existing homes stay on the market less than 72 hours – and no one is losing money on them.

And the punchline….. the producers are holding back…. can you imagine what “all out production” would look like.

2nd Ammendment Mother on October 14, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Full transcript of Rick Perry’s speech:
http://www.thecypresstimes.com/article/News/National_News/GOV_PERRY_UNVEILS_JOBS_PLAN/51698

onlineanalyst on October 14, 2011 at 12:01 PM

That’s a good speech. I like that he has more coming besides this.

gophergirl on October 14, 2011 at 12:04 PM

She’s not running. Get over it.

VegasRick on October 14, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Hey, you get over it. People can talk about Palin if they want. If you don’t like it don’t read the comment.

darwin on October 14, 2011 at 12:05 PM

May these two be shocked!

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Two people who kissed Obama’s ass when he got elected? Something tells me they have been shocked quite a few times over the last few years.

Meh on October 14, 2011 at 12:05 PM

That’s a very naive mindset. Only Cain is proposing a national sales tax. Only Mittens and Huntsman have expressed support for curbing carbon emissions. Only Ron Paul(I think) wants to abolish the Fed. Only Perry has openly referred to Social Security as a Ponzi scheme and supported in-state tuition for illegals.

For them to act like they’re all the same and that this is a personality contest is absurd.

Doughboy on October 14, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Umm, I was talking about energy policy exclusively considering that’s what the article is about.

Seriously, what Republican candidate is going to suggest further ramping up the EPA, propping up pie in the sky alternative energy projects and demonize fossil fuels.

Perry’s plan is pretty close to what any of the others will do. He was just smart enough to put it out publicly first. He’s dropping in the polls, so he’ll chance the media bashing him for wanting to kill the cross eyed Western snail squirter.

John Deaux on October 14, 2011 at 12:05 PM

If he is supporting drilling in Alaska, then I would bet Palin would seriously think of endorsing him. She is all about growing and developing Alaska. Even better, would be Palin and Perry on the stump together selling this plan to the country.

As I said earlier, after seeing Perry on Fox & Friends where he was in the land of the living and spoke coherently, I’m having a second look at him. He answered the immigration issue again this morning in a bit more tolerable way for me. If we could get some serious commitments from him on immigration, I might be happy to pull the lever for him. Unless, of course, he totally goes off the rails.

Cain is not a serious candidate. The guy is angling for VP or a spot at Fox. He is a no-go for me in the primary.

Romney is pure establishment, and I cannot support him whatsoever in the primary and possibly not even in the general. I just don’t trust him. That is hard for me to say that after surpporting him in 2008. I became totally turned-off from him after seeing one of his aides/associates or whatever admitting on the Laurence O’Donnel show that Obamacare was developed by Romney’s guys AND that Romneycare in Mass WAS paid for by tax dollars. Granted, it was tax dollars previously collected, but that is small consolation.

KickandSwimMom on October 14, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Yeah with Perry it’s smart but with Palin it’s dumb! Sarah can and would do the job better than any of these Ya Ya’s calling them selves Republican candidates.

Herb on October 14, 2011 at 11:58 AM

I don’t think a cabinet position for Palin in the next republican administration would be considered out of the realm of possibilities. Palin has many pluses when it comes to the “energy” sector, and how we should develop our own natural energy resources, it’s kinda her expertise.

Dr Evil on October 14, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Hoping all GOP campaigns are composing ads with the 0′s claims that ‘energy prices will necessarily skyrocket’ to be played this winter when folks start heating their homes !!
Hammer the airwaves with that, at every turn… interviews, etc etc.

pambi on October 14, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Here’s the advance copy of the speech.

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2011 at 11:44 AM

The link gave “excerpts”, and there’s not really much there in two pages. Hope the real speech is more complete.

Specifically, Perry plans to permit drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska and in expanded offshore areas; reconsider the Environmental Protection Agency’s clean-air and other regulations; repeal the EPA’s authority over CO2 and greenhouse gases; approve the Keystone XL pipeline; establish litigation deadlines to expedite lawsuits related to energy and the environment; and phase out subsidies that benefit specific kinds of energy, retaining only a research and development tax credit that benefits all energy producers (oil, gas, wind, solar, etc.).

If Perry’s speech will really clearly explain everything Tina wrote here, it would certainly change the debate, and possibly re-launch Perry’s candidacy. These ARE great ideas, every one of which would probably be heartily supported by that unelectable quitter named Sarah Palin. Since Palin isn’t running, Perry is the next best candidate to expound this issue, since he is governor of one of the most energy-rich states in the country–I only wonder what took him so long???

The “repeal of the EPA’s authority to regulate CO2 and greenhouse gases” would be HUGE–most people have no idea how many coal- and even natural-gas-fired power plants would be SHUT DOWN over the next 5 years if Obama/Lisa Jackson’s “rule” is allowed to stand–it would lead to massive blackouts nationwide, even while huge new reserves of American natural gas have been discovered in the Marcellus Shale deposits of PA, southern NY state, and eastern OH.

The only thing missing from this program is opening of Federal land (especially in the Rockies) for Shale Oil development–where we’re sitting on 100 to 200 years’ worth of America’s oil needs WITHOUT imports, not to mention lots of jobs for people in CO and UT.

If Perry can explain this program in an articulate, coherent fashion, he will be right back in the GOP race, and the other GOP candidates will probably jump on THIS bandwagon–it’s a sure winner!

Steve Z on October 14, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Yeah but he needs a catchy catch phrase…you know like 9 9 9 LOL!
Dr Evil

“Drill, baby, drill” isn’t good enough for you?

MaxMBJ on October 14, 2011 at 11:56 AM

It’s good enough for me but the MSM will spin him ripping off Palin. Wouldn’t you rather this plan was only branded “Perry” he’s the one running for President. Although if Palin’s reading his plan and why wouldn’t she be? I got to think she’s smiling.
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Dr Evil on October 14, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Hey, you get over it. People can talk about Palin if they want. If you don’t like it don’t read the comment.

darwin on October 14, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Were on the same team bro, sorry if I offended.

VegasRick on October 14, 2011 at 12:13 PM

I don’t think a cabinet position for Palin in the next republican administration would be considered out of the realm of possibilities. Palin has many pluses when it comes to the “energy” sector, and how we should develop our own natural energy resources, it’s kinda her expertise.

Dr Evil on October 14, 2011 at 12:07 PM

I totally agree, and it’s probably Palin who whispered this plan into Perry’s ear! If a Republican is elected President next year, he should promise to appoint Sarah Palin as Secretary of the Interior.

Sarah Palin unfortunately has lots of baggage, but energy IS her strong point, and she knows this issue better than anyone else.

Steve Z on October 14, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Just like we discussed in the headlines:

I feel for TX, and I could have lived with an federalist explaination of the TX legislature winning that vote. When a candidate for national office hurls the “heartless” term, for just asking a question, I don’t believe he will be tough on enforcement. Too many politicians have let this go in the name of winning hispanic votes. Perry will never win me back.

Laura in Maryland on October 14, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Laura in Maryland on October 14, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Oh, I’m willin’ to bet there are two candidates for the republican nomination who will criticize whatever plan Perry would come up with (especially this one). I am also willing to bet that you could name them if you thought about it for a bit.

cozmo on October 14, 2011 at 11:54 AM

They would be shooting themselves in the foot if they do, and coming down on the wrong side of the republican base, not to mention all the Independents and Democrats who are not “occupying” the lefty green energy alternative camp…. I just can’t stop my self from taking shots at the Occupy movement, it’s like shooting fish in a barrel :)

Dr Evil on October 14, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Sarah Palin unfortunately has lots of baggage, but energy IS her strong point, and she knows this issue better than anyone else.

Steve Z on October 14, 2011 at 12:13 PM

I am one of the people who have not written off Palin’s future in politics. Palin’s young enough to keep building her resume’ and run for President in the future if that’s her ambition.

Dr Evil on October 14, 2011 at 12:19 PM

“Drill, baby, drill” … It’s good enough for me but the MSM will spin him ripping off Palin. Dr. Evil

Okay, how about “Mine, Mine, Mine”? Kind of a triple-entendre, if you know what I mean.

MaxMBJ on October 14, 2011 at 12:20 PM

2012 campaign slogans:

Cain: Nine, nine, nine!

Perry: Mine, mine, mine!

Obama: Whine, whine, whine!

MaxMBJ on October 14, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Were on the same team bro, sorry if I offended.

VegasRick on October 14, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Well, I don’t know quite what to say. I expected to be gang attacked.

Thank you, we are all on the same team.

darwin on October 14, 2011 at 12:23 PM

MaxMBJ on October 14, 2011 at 12:22 PM

+1 (but you can interchange Mittens and Perry)

Laura in Maryland on October 14, 2011 at 12:24 PM

What the public does not realize is the long term implications of this new plan. Presently, major engineering firms are designing brand new plants which cannot be built without a guarantee of the raw material required, oil and natural gas. I am not talking about energy, but raw material.

This will GUARANTEE a huge return to manufacturing especially in states like Ohio, Pennsylvania & West Virginia. Notice how this affects the voting in such key big states for the general election.

Perry gets elected and not only will drilling boom, but all the equipment and supplies to do it. Then at the same time with an assurance of a long term supply of inexpensive raw material, plant construction will begin in earnest.

If you think that this is only about fuel for vehicles and to make electricity, you are really missing the boat and sadly ignorant.

Kermit on October 14, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Perry will never win me back.

Laura in Maryland on October 14, 2011 at 11:10 AM

You’re still relatively free.

In 2017, when Obama leaves, we will not even write here any more.

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2011 at 12:26 PM

It would be great to hear/read Palin’s opinion of Perry’s plan for our economy.

Dr Evil on October 14, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Well, I don’t know quite what to say. I expected to be gang attacked.

Thank you, we are all on the same team.

darwin on October 14, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Yep.

VegasRick on October 14, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Thank you, we are all on the same team.

darwin on October 14, 2011 at 12:23 PM

We are. Sadly, we’ll give Obama 4 more, on a platinum platter, when a candle holder should beat the scum.

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2011 at 12:27 PM

I just can’t stop my self from taking shots at the Occupy movement, it’s like shooting fish in a barrel :)

Dr Evil on October 14, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Its easy, but would be more fun if some of them were here. One of the candidates is a believer in AGW and another is leaning that way. Right now, gas prices are on a downward trend and the two candidates want to appeal to the middle more than they want to excite the base (one has no chance and the other is taking them for granted, thinks he will sew up the nomination before they become a force). There is a third candidate who ought to be thrilled with an energy plan like this. This candidate has shown scorn towards Perry though, and has been cozying up to one of the candidates who will come out against this. How he comes down on this will be interesting.

cozmo on October 14, 2011 at 12:28 PM

2012 campaign slogans:

Cain: Nine, nine, nine!

Perry: Mine, mine, mine!

Obama: Whine, whine, whine!

MaxMBJ on October 14, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Romney: wine, wine, wine

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Full transcript of Rick Perry’s speech:
http://www.thecypresstimes.com/article/News/National_News/GOV_PERRY_UNVEILS_JOBS_PLAN/51698

onlineanalyst on October 14, 2011 at 12:01 PM

This is a great speech–if Perry had said this three weeks ago, he would be at 40%+ in the GOP polls by now. Lots of great ideas, and the other candidates would be wise to embrace this platform.

I only have one quibble–Perry says that we have 134 billion barrels of oil reserves, which would be about 25 years’ worth of current consumption.

Shale oil reserves under the Rockies are estimated at 500 billion to 1.1 TRILLION barrels, or about 100 to 200 years’ worth of current consumption. Now THAT would make a big splash in his speech!

Drill, baby, drill !!!

Steve Z on October 14, 2011 at 12:30 PM

2012 campaign slogans:

Cain: Nine, nine, nine!

Perry: Mine, mine, mine!

Obama: Whine, whine, whine!

MaxMBJ on October 14, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Romney: pine, pine, pine

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Just some old stuff from two years ago.

News2Use on October 14, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Romney: pine, pine, pine

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Christie: dine, dine, dine.
*not nice

VegasRick on October 14, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Steve Z on October 14, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Not only is it a vast quantity, but very high grade and primarily a good producer of naphtha which means gasoline, diesel and Petrochemicals raw material in a HUGE way.

I would not be surprised that with new seismic and extraction technology for tight shale production that we would have drilling rigs and then production platforms in the Great Lakes and all the other areas once covered by the Western Interior Seaway of prehistoric time.

Kermit on October 14, 2011 at 12:35 PM

These are kids who have graduated from TX schools. Have been in TX for 3 years or more. AND . . . have started the path to citizenship.
Voter from WA State on October 14, 2011 at 12:25 PM

The “path to citizenship” starts at the back of line at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. That is, of course, unless AmenstPerry has his way.

whatcat on October 14, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Is there a censor here today?

eaglesdontflock on October 14, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Romney: pine, pine, pine

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Christie: dine, dine, dine.
*not nice

VegasRick on October 14, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Not nice, but pretty funny.
:D

whatcat on October 14, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Seriously, what Republican candidate is going to suggest further ramping up the EPA, propping up pie in the sky alternative energy projects and demonize fossil fuels.

Perry’s plan is pretty close to what any of the others will do. He was just smart enough to put it out publicly first. He’s dropping in the polls, so he’ll chance the media bashing him for wanting to kill the cross eyed Western snail squirter.

John Deaux on October 14, 2011 at 12:05 PM

The fact that none of the Republican candidates has made an issue of energy development and its relationship to jobs and the economy is telling in and of itself. This issue (and O-care) is the elephant in the room that all are ignoring.

onlineanalyst on October 14, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Is there a censor here today?
eaglesdontflock on October 14, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Sometimes a comment just refuses to go through because some innocent (or intentional,lol) combination of letters is rejected. Other times the machinery is just plain very glitchy.

whatcat on October 14, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Its easy, but would be more fun if some of them were here. cozmo on October 14, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Sigh…..I know if only we could get some kind of Occupy troll, what kind of bait would Bishop use? They look like light weights, the line wouldn’t need to be heavy test. I am pretty sure we would be dipping our lines in, and pulling them out flapping at a pretty fast clip. Still I wouldn’t know which whine to serve with “wet behind the ears” entree’

Dr Evil on October 14, 2011 at 12:41 PM

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