Texas topper talks about energy and jobs in first significant substantive speech of his campaign in Pittsburgh.
Perry: “Creating jobs in America is as simple as changing presidents.”
Obama campaign responds: “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.”
Perry: “America is the Saudi Arabia of coal.”
Touts benefits in the boom of national gas production will spur more jobs than President’s Jobs Act.
Plays on PA football tradition: “I want Western Pennsylvania to quarterback a new energy revolution.”
Perry: “Natural gas is a game changer.”
Calls for eliminating “activist regulations that are already on the books,” charges new EPA rules could “kill 2.4 million jobs.”
Says policies “driven by the concerns of American workers without jobs.”
Response to Governor Perry’s Speech:
“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. President Obama has pursued an energy strategy that has created hundreds of thousands of jobs in the clean energy sector, ensured that we’re using all domestic sources of energy in a responsible way to meet our current needs and strengthened our energy security by reaching an agreement on fuel economy standards that will save us from importing millions of barrels of oil from the Middle East. He doesn’t believe that we can settle for less when China is racing to capitalize on the clean energy market.”