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.
Science has not proven that current changes are permanent or man-made.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
$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.
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.
Perry signed the Southern Governors' Association resolution:
Whereas, our nation is lacking in the infrastructure necessary to drive our growing technology-based economy with reliable, high-quality, affordable energy supplies; deficient in efficiency improvements that enable the balance of supply and demand; and subject to the market volatility of some fuels;
Whereas, in order to maintain the worldís strongest economy coupled with a clean environment, we need to support and develop policies and technologies that enable a diversity of domestic energy resources to be utilized throughout the region;
Whereas, the United Statesí electricity transmission grid is the most reliable in the world, but the increasing demand for electricity, the expanding competitive electricity market and related regulatory and jurisdictional issues create a challenge to maintaining national reliability of the transmission grid that was designed and constructed to serve local needs rather than to serve a rapidly growing national
Resolved, that the Southern Governorsí Association urges Congress and the President to provide in any national energy policy:
adequate funding and incentives for further development of clean and efficient technologies and systems to provide an effective approach to increasing domestic energy supplies, improving the efficiency of energy use and enhancing the environment;
full funding for the State Energy Program (SEP) to expand development and deployment of technologies appropriate for each state and each region and to develop and maintain energy emergency response mechanisms, exercises and programs in the states and the region;
consolidated and efficient method for siting of electric transmission lines across multiple jurisdictions while maintaining the statesí primary authority and developed in close consultation with the nationís governors.
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:
Whereas, in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of our citizens by maintaining safe and clear strategies for the transportation, disposition and environmental clean-up of the nationís nuclear materials, including nuclear weapons materials, at DOE nuclear energy and weapons complexes; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, that the Southern Governorsí Association urges Congress and the President in any national energy policy:
provide full funding for all of DOEís past and present commitments related to clean-up operations at DOE nuclear energy and weapons complexes and disposition plans for nuclear materials, including nuclear weapons materials;
provide full funding for all state public health and environmental sampling and analysis activities at DOE nuclear energy and weapons complexes;
and provide clear instruction to DOE that statesí rights must be respected and that plans regarding DOE sites for processing of DOE research and weapons waste must be made in consultation with the various states concluding in mutually agreeable terms.
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:
Whereas, the coastal regions of the US are fragile environmentally and under intense pressure from onshore support activities for the development of the nationís oil and natural gas resources on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS);
Whereas, each year the federal government receives billions of dollars in revenues from the development of oil and natural gas resources on the OCS, a capital asset of this nation;
Whereas, the federal government does not share directly with the coastal states a meaningful portion of the revenues from the OCS, but it does share 50 percent of the revenues with the state for the development of onshore federal mineral resources within the stateís borders;
Whereas, states that host onshore activities in support of offshore OCS mineral development should receive a share of these revenues to offset the impacts of this development;
Whereas,, at least a portion of the revenues from this capital asset of the nation should be:
reinvested in infrastructure and environmental restoration in the coastal region of this nation;
used to fund the state and federal portions of the Land and Water Conservation Fund;
used for the primary objective of increasing conservation programs for non-game wildlife species and for programs that support fish and wildlife -dependent recreation;
used for preventing declining species from falling into the categories of threatened or endangered;
used to preserve and restore our nationís historic places and to rehabilitate critically needed recreation facilities in our countryís urban areas;
Resolved, That the southern governors urge the US Congress to pass and the President to sign legislation sharing a meaningful portion of OCS mineral revenues with all states and territories for the purposes stated above.
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:
Western Governors find that states must continue to play a pivotal role in electric power decisions. Specifically:
The existing authority of states over retail electric power sales and transmissions must be retained.
Congress should allow states to create regional mechanisms to decide regional power issues.
We need to pursue a national energy policy that will result in a diverse energy portfolio:
New energy development: Enable exploration and development of promising domestic oil, gas, coal, geothermal or wind resources.
Coal: Implement R&D and tax incentives to promote the development and deployment of new technologies.
Renewables: Accelerate the development and deployment of promising renewable energy technologies through the extension and expansion of state and federal production tax credits.
Review environmental and natural resource policies to ensure they are as efficient as possible.
Permitting Energy Facilities: Streamline state, tribal and federal processes for siting new generation, electric transmission and natural gas pipelines.
Energy Infrastructure: Support economic and environmentally sound energy infrastructure investments to transport energy to markets
Energy efficiency and conservation: At a minimum:
Encourage rate structures that give utilities and customers an incentive to reduce consumption.
Encourage long-term stability of government and utility conservation programs.
Review and improve the energy efficiency of building codes and appliance efficiency standards that recognize the unique conditions in the West (e.g., dry climates).
Support federal, state and tribal tax incentives to accelerate the introduction of new energy efficient technologies.
Source: WGA Policy Resolution 01 - 01: Energy Policy Roadmap 01-WGA01 on Aug 14, 2001
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."
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