Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) has been dropping in the polls in his Presidential race, so he felt it was time to put forth a program for creating jobs. The Perry plan is drill baby drill. One observer called it “the Bush-Cheney big-oil plan gone wild.”
Perry has received over $11 million dollars in campaign contributions from oil companies, and his plan certainly returns the favor. Among other things, he would eliminate all federal incentives to alternate energy programs like solar, wind, and biofuels and focus all our attention to oil and gas. Even oilmen Bush and Cheney balanced oil drilling with renewable energy
Perry plan is a nostalgic return to the past
The key elements in the Perry Big-Oil giveaway disguised as an economic plan are:
- End all federal regulation of hydraulic fracking for natural gas leaving it up to states like Texas
- Put a moratorium on all new environmental or safety regulations for oil companies while EPA is “reconstructed”
- End all regulation of CO2 emissions from big oil (allow increase in greenhouse gases)
- Slash the budget of the EPA by 60% give authority to states (like Texas to cripple its ability to do much of anything)
- Fast track permitting for off shore drilling (code for waiving environmental regulations)
- Immediate approval of the Keystone gas pipeline from Canada to the Gulf o f Mexico
- Open all Federal lands for oil drilling including Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWAR), the Atlantic OCS, and our western states. (This could include national parks)
- Add additional subsidies for oil companies (using the money now going to renewable energy)
Perry blasted Obama for the moratorium on new Gulf drilling after the disastrous BP oil spill. However, the fact is Gulf oil production has returned to pre-spill levels, and many new permits have been issued by the Obama administration. Obama enacted a plan to escalate permitting last summer.
Perry denies science on climate change
As a top graduate of the Big-Oil University of Scientific Denial, Governor Perry denies the existence of climate change and man’s role in causing it. His energy/economic plan give a preview of what a Perry Administration would be like. It would roll back all environmental laws to the 1950’s.
Under Perry, our air will become polluted again, rivers will be catching on fire, and millions of American would suffer health problems. We would also speed up melting of the polar ice caps and flood our sea coast. Storms would become more violent and more frequent. The cost to taxpayers, businesses, insurance companies, and individuals for disaster relief would ski rocket.
Daniel Weiss of the Center for American Progress, a think tank in Washington said of the Perry plan, “It would allow oil companies to drill in some of our most precious places protected for our children, while creating few jobs but yielding significant smog, acid rain, mercury and other pollution.”
So, in order for Perry to return the $11 million dollar (and counting) campaign contributions as well as all the trips and other perks he has received, and so he can save his troubled campaign, he is proposing a policy that would be a national disaster. His campaign theme should be “Back to the Past”
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