More Oil and Coal, Less Nature and Clean Air
USA Today reports on a speech Perry is set to deliver about energy issues. It’s a humdinger. Here are the main points:
•Open federal lands to more energy exploration and production, including ANWAR and lands in the Mountain West – but not the Everglades, a tribute to Florida as a primary state. More offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and off the southern Atlantic coast.
•Approve pipelines to facilitate new energy fields, including the Keystone XL Pipeline.
•Suspend and reconsider many of EPA’s recent mandates and regulations, including rules designed to improve air quality. Repeal the EPA’s authority over greenhouse gases.
•Prohibit federal agencies reaching consent decrees with advocacy groups, forcing them to pursue lawsuits instead. (He also proposes special environmental courts and other measures to speed up litigation).
•Phase out all energy subsidies and tax incentives except a research and development tax credit available to all types of energy producers.
The litigation-related measures are somewhat novel, although it’s not clear how they would work. The rest of the package could hardly be more predictable.