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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 25 2011 10:06 p.m. MDT

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Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

Jobs in oil, gas, and coal have been decreasing in recent years, not due to "EPA regulations," but due to increasing efficiencies and more mechanization that require fewer people.

Despite the "scandals" of Obama's Solyndra and Hatch's Raser bankruptcies, the reality is that renewable energy development has been the one bright spot in the economy, with booming job growth over the past decade as wind farms have expanded from Texas to Iowa (and even in Utah's Beaver County).

Conservatives will tell you the subsidies in renewable energy have helped that job creation, but the ongoing subsidies of fossil fuels haven't really created NEW jobs in fossil fuels (given the documented job decreases), and the ongoing subsidies for nuclear power have NOT created new jobs for decades! If job creation is the goal of energy subsidies, fossil fuels and nuclear aren't good investments!

Perry's drill-baby-drill plan will hit headwinds as the Gulf oil spill and its cost to taxpayers and loss of fishing and tourism dollars will retard any real significant oil/gas development in the Gulf.

America is putting its oil future into the Keystone pipeline from Canadian tar sands -- Canada is where the jobs will be!

MyChildrensKeeper
Taylorsville, UT

Perry is getting a little closer to some of the issues but he is still failing big time or the major issues of fugitive foreign nationals occupying this country by criminal acts of breaking the federal labor laws. Stop business leaders defrauding and tax evasion for illegal income, SSA, medicare, medicaid, and unemployment taxes for workers.

Any one of these candidates could enact tax laws that would create 10-40 million jobs paying taxes if that was their real promise and intent. Lip service doesn't create jobs. An Economic Displacement Tax of 40% on all imports, illegal labor, and any thing not made or grown in the USA. This Economic Displacement Tax would be paid by importers and/or distributor before any import product can be put in the retail market. If American companies want to deny jobs to americans then they can at least pay some recompense on their defiance of the federal labor laws.

We need to put some barriers in the way of foreign cheap labor products so we can turn the lights back on in our US factories. Alas, I don't think the republicans want to do away with domestic indentured servitude and slave labor.

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Colorado Springs, CO

2.5 million jobs in what period of time? During his whole four-year or eight-year term? And oil and gas production will not stop us from getting those products from people who "hate us," as oil and gas is a global commodity, and all that is produced here is not used here.

mominthetrenches
South Jordan, Utah

Anyone making promises like that over an ad is truly sensationalizing! That's like me believing any of the tabloid headlines! I feel completely patronized and I'm not fallin' for it!!!

JoeBlow
Miami Area, Fl

Choices Choices. I love choices.

So, do I want to see 2.5 million new jobs or $2 gas?

I gotta think on that for a bit.

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