Jeb Bush is throwing his weight behind a familiar set of GOP energy policy goals that he calls vital to his overall goal, if elected, of roughly doubling the nation’s annual economic growth.
The pillars of the energy plan he’s unveiling Tuesday include blocking White House regulations on areas such as fracking and power-plant carbon emissions; lifting the ban on crude-oil exports and boosting natural-gas exports; approving the Keystone XL pipeline; and giving states far more control of energy development on federal lands within their boundaries and federal waters off their shores.
“With the right policies and leadership we can, in the near-term, achieve 4% growth and restore the opportunity for every American to rise. But that will only happen if we reverse damaging federal energy policies,” Bush says in a post slated for publication Tuesday on the blogging platform Medium.
It comes ahead of wider remarks Bush will give on energy Tuesday afternoon at Rice Energy, an oil-and-gas company based in Pennsylvania, a state that has seen natural-gas production surge in recent years thanks to hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.
Bush’s post, which argues that his plan would create jobs and boost wages, echoes familiar GOP and industry critiques of the White House.