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October 18, 2011

Rick Perry's Energy Plan Hits All The Right Notes

Channeling the House GOP, Perry proposes to overhaul DOI/EPA, simplifying the tax code, and unleashes America’s job creators.

Americans For Tax Reform

Last week, presidential candidate Rick Perry released his aptly named Energizing American Jobs and Security plan, a blueprint outlining his energy and environmental policies. Leaving no rock unturned, Perry lays out a strong plan aimed at spurring domestic investment and job creation, reining in the out-of-control Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); and reducing our nation’s deficit.

Keeping in line with much of the legislation coming out of the Republican controlled House of Representatives, Perry first looks to undo the damage caused by the Obama Administration over the past three years. Refusing to issue drilling permits at a reasonable rate, the Department of the Interior has put forth an impossible number of hoops for oil and natural gas producers to jump through. Across town, Lisa Jackson’s EPA has scared America’s job creators into inaction. With a slew of punitive, unnecessary regulations coming down the pipe, America’s manufacturers and energy producers are hording capital until they fully comprehend EPA’s compliance costs. Perry’s blueprint would reprimand these agencies, expediting permit processing and giving American businesses the certainty investment requires.

Consistent with Perry’s record as governor, he believes that state-run EPAs are best equipped to determine and enforce environmental regulations. Bogged down in the fight against the federal EPA, devolution of environmental regulation to state agencies is something conservatives should talk about more.

Also encouraging is Perry’s plan to simplify our distortive tax code through repealing tax credits and subsidies. Cleaning up the code of course, would be done in a revenue neutral way as he promised Americans he would not raise their taxes when he signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. ATR has long championed this strategy for tax reform, which was modeled after Reagan’s successful 1986 plan. Repealing credits and plowing the savings into lower rates would not only simplify the tax code, but make it more fair—a step towards a truly innovative free energy market.


Wild Thing's comment........

This is a great plan. Lots of substance...showing how fast Perry intends to put Americans back to work. What is nice is Perry’s 11 years experience as Governor...he has what is needed for this country NOW. President is not an entry level job. You don’t walk in the Oval Office wondering how this all works.

Posted by Wild Thing at October 18, 2011 03:47 AM


What a boost the economy would get if the EPA was dismantled. America has enough energy reserves to be energy independent.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at October 18, 2011 11:08 AM

Tom. your so right, I hope that happens.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 19, 2011 01:36 AM