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!
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.
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.
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!!!
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.