Rick Perry on Energy & Oil

Republican Governor (TX)


Energy dominance requires more exports of coal, oil & gas

Rick Perry told reporters that the US faces a "good" dilemma in that the nation now produces more oil than it can feasibly get to market. "We are now producing more energy resources than we are able to deliver," Perry said. "It's kind of an interesting dilemma. Good, I guess. If there is such a thing as a good dilemma."

The next step, according to Perry, is to begin working on the pipelines and other infrastructure necessary to get the oil to market. "It's essential that America build the infrastructure to deliver this record supply," he said. The Energy Information Administration recently announced that the US "is now the largest crude oil producer in the world."

Perry explained that it is his job to promote the president's "energy dominance" agenda, including increasing US exports of oil, coal, natural gas, and advanced energy technologies. Exports "are up across the board, whether it's coal, oil, natural gas," Perry said. "And I think we are just getting started."

Source: Washington Examiner on 2018 Trump Administration , Sep 26, 2018

Defend Keystone XL and other oil & gas exploration

Perry is skeptical that human behavior causes climate change, and believes that trying to curb planet-warming emissions will harm the economy. Nevertheless, he has said recently that under his leadership in Texas, levels of climate-warming carbon emissions decreased 9% because of regulatory incentives. In defending continued oil and gas exploration and the Keystone XL oil pipeline last summer, he said of climate change, "I don't believe that we have the settled science by any sense of the imagination to stop that kind of economic opportunity." He added, "I am not a scientist," a common line among Republican climate-change skeptics.

During Perry's last five years as governor, Texas led the nation in job growth. He attributed that success to his focus on keeping taxes low and slashing spending, which included curbing regulations and expediting coal-fired power plant projects.

Source: N.Y. Times 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jun 4, 2015

Sued EPA for regulating carbon emissions

Where Rick Perry stands on key issues: On the campaign trail in 2011, Perry said that global warming is an unproven scientific theory and that climate change has existed since the earth was formed. The former governor has been an ardent opponent of Environmental Protection Agency regulations aimed at cutting carbon emissions and sued the agency on the issue in 2010. The Texan advocates for fewer restrictions on oil and gas drilling and has said that there is little proof that hydrofracking pollutes ground water.
Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series , Jun 3, 2015

No federal energy subsidy; let states decide on nuke waste

Q: Do you support opening the national nuclear repository at Yucca Mountain?

PERRY: Congressman Paul [and Governor Romney] are correct when it comes to allowing the states to compete with each other [rather than depositing nuclear waste in Nevada]. And I'll just add that when you think about France, who gets over 70% of their energy from nuclear power, they deal with this issue [via] glassification. Innovation is the answer to this. We need to have a discussion in this country about our 10th Amendment and the appropriateness of it, as it's been eroded by Washington, D.C., for all these many years, whether it's health care, whether it's education, or whether it's dealing with energy. We don't need to be subsidizing energy in any form or fashion: allow the states to make the decision. And some state out there will see the economic issue, and they will have it in their state.

Source: GOP 2011 primary debate in Las Vegas , Oct 18, 2011

Put 1.2 million Americans to work in domestic energy

Q: What would you do specifically to end the paralysis in Washington?

A: I laid out today a pretty bold plan to put 1.2 million Americans working in the energy industry. And you don't need Congress to do that; you need a president with a plan, which I'm laying out over the next three days, and clearly the intent to open up this treasure trove that America's sitting on and getting America independent on the domestic energy side. It's time for another American Declaration of Independence. It's time fo energy independence.

Q: What's the plan? What will you say specifically?

A: Clearly, opening up a lot of the areas of our domestic energy area; that's the real key. You've got an administration that, by and large, has either by intimidation or over-regulation, put our energy industry and the rest of the economy in jeopardy. And we've got to have a president who is willing to stand up and to clearly pull back those regulations that are strangling the American entrepreneurship that's out there.

Source: 2011 GOP debate at Dartmouth College, NH , Oct 11, 2011

Don't put economy in jeopardy based on unsettled science

Q: You said scientists are coming forward to question the idea that human activity is behind climate change.

PERRY: The science is not settled on this. The idea that we would put Americans' economy in jeopardy based on scientific theory that's not settled yet, to me, is just nonsense. I mean, Galileo got outvoted for a spell. But asking us to cut back in areas that would have monstrous economic impact on this country is not good economics and I will suggest to you is not necessarily good science. Find out what the science truly is before you start putting the American economy in jeopardy.

Q: Are there specific theories that you've found especially compelling?

PERRY: Let me tell you what I find compelling, is what we've done in the state of Texas. Not by some scientist somewhere saying, "Here is what we think is happening out there." The science is not settled on whether or not the climate change is being impacted by man to the point where we're going to put America's economics in jeopardy.

Source: 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library , Sep 7, 2011

FactCheck: Yes, climate change is settled science

Perry said on global warming, "The science is not settled on this. The idea that we would put Americans' economy at jeopardy based on scientific theory that's not settled yet, to me, is just, is nonsense. Find out what the science truly is before you start putting the American economy in jeopardy."

THE FACTS: The scientific consensus on climate change is about as settled as any major scientific issue can be. Perry's opinion runs counter to the view of an overwhelming majority of scientists that pollution released from the burning of fossil fuels is heating up the planet. The National Academy of Sciences, in an investigation requested by Congress, concluded last year: "Climate change is occurring, is very likely caused primarily by human activities, and poses significant risks to humans and the environment."

Source: AP FactCheck on 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA , Sep 7, 2011

$5,000 incentive for Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

When we combine lower utility taxes with increased, diversified production, we will preserve our role as the nation's energy leader. Unfortunately, our strength in petrochemical production and refining makes us a big target on the radar of an increasingly activist EPA, whose one-size-fits-all approaches could severely harm our energy sector; an agency whose potential to harm our state with punitive actions will only increase in the months and years to come.

Rather than wait for more mandates and punishments for environmental non-attainment, let's continue encouraging innovation. I support giving Texans in the non-attainment areas of our state a $5,000 incentive towards a purchase of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, using the funds Texans have already paid to reduce emissions, while providing a unique way to store wind energy. This will keep Texas competitive in an emerging technology and take advantage of an energy portfolio that grows deeper and more diverse every day.

Source: 2009 State of the State Address , Jan 27, 2009

Manmade global warming: "It's-All-Our-Fault" theory

You can't have rational discussions with the left about nature versus nurture or global warming because they claim science has already weighed in. Yet, science reveals new discoveries all the time. Here we are again at a well-worn crossroads: The left advocates tolerance while crushing dissenting views.

When it comes to manmade global warming, many scientists who once advocated it is caused by human activity have abandoned that theory after closer study. Where are the stories on this growing SCIENTIFIC movement? Alas, many in the news media have already invested too much in a particular storyline, just as some scientists continue promoting It's-All-Our-Fault theory because their research grants are dependent on it. In 25 years, when this theory has been discarded alongside other ideas that didn't stand the test of time, perhaps there will be a one-day story announcing its demise. Then the left will be on to its next theory created to advance a particular political agenda.

Source: On My Honor, by Gov. Rick Perry, p.185-186 , Feb 12, 2008

More funding to develop domestic energy supplies.

Perry signed the Southern Governors' Association resolution:

Source: Resolution of Southern Governor's Assn. on Energy Policy 01-SGA11 on Sep 9, 2001

Use federal funds for nuclear cleanup, with state input.

Perry signed the Southern Governors' Association resolution:

Source: Resolution of Southern Governor's Assn. on Energy Policy 01-SGA13 on Sep 9, 2001

Share offshore oil development revenue with states.

Perry signed the Southern Governors' Association resolution:

Source: Resolution of Southern Governor's Association on OCS 01-SGA2 on Sep 9, 2001

Federal tax incentives for energy, with state decisions.

Perry signed the Western Governors' Association resolution:

  1. Western Governors find that states must continue to play a pivotal role in electric power decisions. Specifically:
  1. We need to pursue a national energy policy that will result in a diverse energy portfolio:
  1. Energy efficiency and conservation: At a minimum:
Source: WGA Policy Resolution 01 - 01: Energy Policy Roadmap 01-WGA01 on Aug 14, 2001

Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP.

Perry signed the No Climate Tax Pledge

No Climate Tax Pledge: "I pledge to the taxpayers of my state, and to the American people, that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue."

Sponsoring organizations: Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEU); National Taxpayers Union (NTU); Institute for Liberty Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual's right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans.

Source: AFP website 10-AFP on Nov 2, 2010

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