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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I hear he’s even coined an entirely new catch-phrase for his novel plan. This is astounding – it’s “Drill, Baby, Drill!” – what a mind!! Nobody else could have come up with an idea like that!!!

whatcat on October 14, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Note: I am not ridiculing ANYONE’s thoughtful energy independence and/or jobs plan, if they have one, that will use our own abundant resources in a scientific manner, rather than export our dollars to foreign countries. I favor a ‘D’, all of the above approach, with the free market dictating winners, not the government.

My gripe with Perry and other “compassionate conservatives” is their thinking with their hearts on the issue of illegal immigration. And no amount of domestic energy will help a country with a 20 to 30 million member underground society. Have a look here.

fred5678 on October 14, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Nobody else could have come up with an idea like that!!!

whatcat on October 14, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Well except that one lady who quit again. What’s her name?

Btw could you use a tissue?

CW on October 14, 2011 at 8:31 PM

fred5678 on October 14, 2011 at 8:29 PM

http://rightwingnews.com/interviews/interviewing-rick-perry-on-illegal-immigration-2/

Aslans Girl on October 14, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Thanks for the link. I have seen his stances on other aspects of this issue before. I applaud Perry’s statements against sanctuary cities (unfortunately they are still there) and signing a bill against drivers licenses for illegal aliens, especially not using the infamous matricula consular card.

And I understand that the TX in-state tuition doesn’t give a pathway to citizenship like the so-called DREAM Acts try to do. What I don’t understand is what an illegal alien, with a fresh degree from a TX college, is going to state on his I-9 form. He either lies and takes a job from a citizen (and drives to work without a license!!), or doesn’t get a job, thus wasting a precious slot in a TX college. A legal child of illegal parents doesn’t need the law, of course, so it only applies to illegal aliens who can’t get a legal job and can’t legally drive to work. Does not compute.

But I only wish he (and many others!) would consistently eliminate ALL rewards and benefits ( = magnets) for illegal aliens.

From the linked article:

In Texas, we had to deal with the children of illegal immigrants residing in our state and attending our schools,

Does he misstate the issue here? LEGAL (birthright citizenship) children of illegal alien parents already qualify as citizens, right? Isn’t it only ILLEGAL ALIEN children at issue here?

Alabama also had to deal with illegal aliens. They took a different approach, trying to eliminate ALL magnets.

You can either ignore criminal activity, punish it, or reward it. In-state tuition is a reward.

fred5678 on October 14, 2011 at 9:18 PM

And good night. It’s Friday night here in PDT.

fred5678 on October 14, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Nobody else could have come up with an idea like that!!!

whatcat on October 14, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Well except that one lady who quit again. What’s her name?

Btw could you use a tissue?

CW on October 14, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Sorry but you’re furtively lashing out at strawmen, lol.

It’s difficult to believe that there’s anyone who isn’t aware the GOP is pro-oil drilling and who thinks it’s a novel concept.

And no thanks on the tissue. I heard the noise just before you filled your pants and moved away in time. Thanks for your concern at such an embarrassing moment for you, though. I trust you made it to the loo at least halfway in time – lotsa tissue rolls there, so have at it. Enjoy.

whatcat on October 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM

If we could get some serious commitments from him on immigration, I might be happy to pull the lever for him.

KickandSwimMom on October 14, 2011 at 12:06 PM

As a Texan, I know Perry’s stance on illegal immigration. I wanted to give you a few of “his” quotes on the matter so at least you can judge for yourself, and not have to rely on the Romneybots narrative.

On the issue of amnesty, Governor Perry addressed a 2008 Governor’s Conference in Miami and made this statement: “I hope that there are 43 Republican Senators, and some thoughtful Democrats who realize that if you want to be an American citizen here’s the way you do it … you need to get in line just like everyone else. Go get in that immigration line like everyone who came before you. Now do we want to have sensible immigration policies that allow people who want to come into our state and work. Absolutely. Secure that border, have a sensible immigration policy, and if you want to be a citizen of the United States, there’s the line. But to go give 13 million people a citizenship because you came here illegally is … is … Asinine!”

From a statement on Governor Perry’s website, “Securing our southern border is a federal responsibility, but the effects of the federal government’s failure to live up to that responsibility are big problems in Texas. As a result, our state has spent more than $230 million over the past several years to protect our communities and fill in the sizable gaps left by insufficient federal efforts.”

“Texas is paying border officers overtime to stretch their training and abilities further. We’ve added state-of-the-art aviation assets, including helicopters, and advanced communications and tactical equipment.”

“The state also has established Joint Operation and Intelligence Centers in each Border Patrol Sector and created quick-response units – like Trooper Strike Teams and Texas Ranger Recon Teams – that can effectively counter criminal activity in even the most remote areas of the border region.”

http://peskytruth.wordpress.com/
There are a lot more at this website. It covers quite a bit of sourced information on alot of what Perry has done while Governor.

tmontgomery on October 14, 2011 at 11:06 PM

“But to go give 13 million people a citizenship because you came here illegally is … is … Asinine!”
tmontgomery on October 14, 2011 at 11:06 PM

I’ve been asking when he had the sudden conversion from supporting amnesty under Bush, but so far no one has answered. You know when and why he changed his mind?

whatcat on October 14, 2011 at 11:15 PM

I totally agree, and it’s probably Palin who whispered this plan into Perry’s ear!

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

Governor Perry was the Texas Railroad Commissioner before he was Lt. Gov and then Governor, (the Railroad Commissioner has nothing to do with railroads, but is our Dept of Energy in Texas).

Governor Perry has been dealing with Texas energy long before Sarah entered politics and became an energy expert. I am just thrilled that she agrees with Governor Perry!

tmontgomery on October 14, 2011 at 11:31 PM

whatcat on October 14, 2011 at 11:15 PM

Read the first italicized line of the very post you are responding to… see where it says, “2008“?

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on October 14, 2011 at 11:47 PM

I’ve been asking when he had the sudden conversion from supporting amnesty under Bush, but so far no one has answered. You know when and why he changed his mind?

whatcat on October 14, 2011 at 11:15 PM

I’ve never heard or read anything that he has said about supporting Bush’s amnesty program.

I couldn’t even find anything searching the web…only articles with the liberal media accusing him of being “Bush-like” on amnesty.

What I have seen, I listed in the earlier post…and he states, amnesty is “asinine”. Gotta go with what I have seen while he has been governor, and what I hear in his own words.

tmontgomery on October 14, 2011 at 11:50 PM

whatcat on October 14, 2011 at 11:15 PM

Read the first italicized line of the very post you are responding to… see where it says, “2008“?

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on October 14, 2011 at 11:47 PM

If that’s supposed to be when Perry had his conversion to the conservative view on amnesty, then what was the reason for the flip-flop? Did he realize his position up to then had been, to use his own term, “asinine”?

whatcat on October 14, 2011 at 11:59 PM

The dream act in Texas, tell me again why allowing illegals to have in state tuition is a good idea when they can not legally be employed when they graduate with a degree? I really would like to support perry, but illegal immigration amnesty is as big of a non starter as romneyobamacare is.

karenhasfreedom on October 14, 2011 at 1:23 PM

The agreement the children of illegal immigrants make before they get in state tuition is they have to be on the road to citizenship. The road to citizenship starts with a student visa, then when you graduate (if you are not already a citizen) would be a green card until you complete your citizenship. Therefore, the graduate can work, and contribute to society.

Perry has stated many times that he does not support amnesty. In state tuition does not equal amnesty…it is our states way of trying to deal with a problem that the federal government has created by not securing the border, not deporting the illegal immigrants that we turn over to ICE, and filing lawsuits against states that pass laws to protect their own legal citizens.

The bill passed almost unanimously in the Texas Legislature (0 nay votes & 4 voted present).

If you believe that Texas is a conservative “Red” state, wouldn’t that make you want to at least do your own investigation into what it is all about? I think if you did some research on Perry, you might be surprised that he is more conservative than you think.

tmontgomery on October 15, 2011 at 12:43 AM

If that’s supposed to be when Perry had his conversion to the conservative view on amnesty, then what was the reason for the flip-flop? Did he realize his position up to then had been, to use his own term, “asinine”?

whatcat on October 14, 2011 at 11:59 PM

That is when he made the statement…not when he made your so called conversion.

I know for a fact in 2007 he proposed a $100 million dollar investment (of Texas money) in border security. That doesn’t shout give ‘em amnesty.

tmontgomery on October 15, 2011 at 1:02 AM

I’ve never heard or read anything that he has said about supporting Bush’s amnesty program.

tmontgomery on October 14, 2011 at 11:50 PM

I take strong issue with a news report in the Dallas Morning News mischaracterizing my position on amnesty for undocumented immigrants from Mexico. The truth is, I am intrigued and open to the Bush administration’s amnesty proposal. Most Texans would agree that it’s better to have legal, taxpaying immigrants from Mexico working in the United States than illegal immigrants living in fear of the law and afraid to access basic services.”

That was Rick Perry’s position as of 2001.

Now you’ve read it.

Rebar on October 15, 2011 at 1:10 AM

Evidently more than just boots are needed, a complete and proper fence with complete and proper patrolling is synergistic and will stop far more illegals and terrorists than either alone.

Rebar on October 14, 2011 at 5:28 PM

So, which side of he river would you put that fence? Texas side, Mexico’s side, or right down the middle?

Did you hear the story today about the illegals tunneling into a parking lot? Fence didn’t stop them.

We do not have enough boots on the ground. Period! Perry has made several requests to the Feds to send National Guardsmen to help protect our border. The administration sent Texas 286 out of the 1200 Guardsmen sent to the entire southern border states. Texas has roughly 64% of the southern border with Mexico, and received 20% of the reinforcements.

The Feds fight us every step of the way!

tmontgomery on October 15, 2011 at 1:34 AM

That was Rick Perry’s position as of 2001.

Now you’ve read it.

Rebar on October 15, 2011 at 1:10 AM

I attempted to look up the article in the Dallas Morning News archive…didn’t exist.

tmontgomery on October 15, 2011 at 1:42 AM

We built the Hoover dam, Panama canal, interstate highway system, twin towers, we can put men on the moon – but stringing some fence is completely beyond our power.

Right.

Rebar on October 14, 2011 at 6:38 PM

But you aren’t going to infringe on landowners personal property rights are you…that wouldn’t be a very conservative position.

Many ranches and farms depend on that river…cutting it off to the land owners will cause many farmers and rancher out of business resulting in less food being raised and grown. It would also result in higher food prices. Look at what the drought has already done to the price of beef.

Also, how do you plan to fence the underground tunnels?

tmontgomery on October 15, 2011 at 1:55 AM

tmontgomery on October 15, 2011 at 1:55 AM

The Rio Grande is aptly named. The $$ it would cost to build a magical fence that long would be astronomical.

Aslans Girl on October 15, 2011 at 2:19 AM

But you aren’t going to infringe on landowners personal property rights are you…that wouldn’t be a very conservative position.

Many ranches and farms depend on that river…cutting it off to the land owners will cause many farmers and rancher out of business resulting in less food being raised and grown. It would also result in higher food prices. Look at what the drought has already done to the price of beef.

Also, how do you plan to fence the underground tunnels?

tmontgomery on October 15, 2011 at 1:55 AM

Perry didn’t have a problem taking property away for his trans-Texas corridor, and that wasn’t for national defense.

Illegals running free also has a cost, an exceedingly high cost, and beef would rise exactly the same amount with or without a fence.

Tunnels, we look for them and find them. No way even .001% of the traffic now going over the border can be funneled through tunnels. They put fences around prisons, more than one prisoner has escaped through a tunnel, does that mean we build prisons without a fence? Of course not.

Just a bunch of lame excuses from open border advocates. We have boots on the ground now, and 20 million illegals made it across. You need BOTH a fence AND more boots on the ground AND E-Verify AND punishing employers AND taking away all the things that draw illegals across the border.

Rick Perry won’t do those things.

Rebar on October 15, 2011 at 2:24 AM

Governor Perry was the Texas Railroad Commissioner before he was Lt. Gov and then Governor, (the Railroad Commissioner has nothing to do with railroads, but is our Dept of Energy in Texas).

Governor Perry has been dealing with Texas energy long before Sarah entered politics and became an energy expert. I am just thrilled that she agrees with Governor Perry!

tmontgomery on October 14, 2011 at 11:31 PM

I’m familiar with the TX RR Commission; I did a records management project there just before GWB became President. Notoriously corrupt place, incidentally – riddled with cronyism and pay-to-play. I’m sure we’ll hear more about it if Perry wins the nomination.

Regardless, Perry’s revamped energy speech has elements he wasn’t previously using; elements that have been part of Palin’s message for years. Not likely to be a coincidence.

Missy on October 15, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Well I never! Perry only entered the race at the big money RINO behest to c*ckblock Palin from entering, and thus coalescing the Tea Party base. And now Mrs. Perry is all “stigmata” on the campaign trail as Gov Rick “My imagination only extends to my Emerging Technology Fund friends” Perry serves up energy independence all on his own — with the aid of two teleprompters no less. How Obama 2008.

P.S. Will the much anticipated Perry Jobs plan teleprompters come with Styrofoam Greek columns too?

FeFe on October 15, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Just a bunch of lame excuses from open border advocates.

Rebar on October 15, 2011 at 2:24 AM

I am one of the most vocal anti-illegal immigration advocates you will ever find. I also know that the state can’t deport the illegals, and the Feds won’t do their jobs securing our border and sending them home.

I don’t blame Perry for illegal immigration. He and the Texas legislature have to deal with the aftermath of no enforcement.

I have no desire to open our borders, and I have stated many times that I support Perry’s border security plan of strategic fencing, arial support, technology, and MORE boots on the ground. Personal attacks only take away from your argument.

I get that you don’t support Perry, and that is fine (I’m just happy to know that you are on our side party-wise).

I plan to vote for whoever wins the nomination…I just plan to do all that I can do to support my candidate, which I would hope that each of us will do.

tmontgomery on October 15, 2011 at 3:08 PM

I don’t blame Perry for illegal immigration.

tmontgomery on October 15, 2011 at 3:08 PM

I blame him for not taking the steps available to him. Why can’t he do what the Governor of Arizona, Governor of Alabama, Governor of Georgia, have done? Seems blaming the Feds is all Perry can do, while other Govenors have taken concrete and effective action.

Fact is, Texans want illegals out of the state, period. Perry is 180 degrees off from where his constituents are, and if Perry got the top job, the record shows he’ll blame someone else rather than do what is necessary.

A complete border fence would cost about two billion dollars. Perry wants to force the Texas taxpayers to fund stringing powerlines to failed wind farms, to the tune of seven Billion, and his trans-Texas corridor would have cost far more than that. The fence would pay for itself in a year or even less, his powerlines to nowhere would never be recovered.

Perry is soft on illegals, plain and simple, and he cannot be trusted to crack down on them, period.

Rebar on October 15, 2011 at 5:50 PM

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