Rick Perry: 2020 Dems living in a ‘fantasy world’ on energy policy

Rick Perry: 2020 Dems living in a ‘fantasy world’ on energy policy

August 17, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


>>YOU GOT TO KNOW PEOPLE ARE KNOWINGLY DESTROYING THE PLANT FOR SHORT-TERM PROFIT. PEOPLE WERE SELLING CIGARETTES, AH, GOOD FOR YOUR LUNGS YET THE INDUSTRY KNEW THEY WERE PRODUCE PRODUCT AND KILLS AND IF YOU DON’T THINK THE SCIENTISTS KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING YOU’RE DEAD WRONG.>>Sandra: ONE OF THE MANY DEMOCRATS PUSHING FOR A MORE AGGRESSIVE APPROACH TO CLIMATE CHANGE AS PRESIDENT TRUMP HEADS TO PENNSYLVANIA TWO HOURS FROM NOW TO PUSH HIS MESSAGE. ENERGY SECRETARY RICK PERRY IS FORMER GOVERNOR OF TEXAS. A MAJOR OIL AND GAS RICH STATE, OF COURSE. GOOD TO HAVE YOU.>>GOOD TO BE HERE.>>Sandra: LET’S STARTS WITH THINGS WE’RE HEARING ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL INCLUDING BERNIE SANDER’S CHARGE THAT COMPANIES ARE DESTROYING THE PLANT AND THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT LITIGATION, LAWSUITS, ELIZABETH WARREN. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THE RHETORIC IN THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL.>>I THINK THEY LIVE IN A FANTASY WORLD. THE UNITED STATES IS LOWERING EMISSIONS. ONE OF THE ONLY COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. I THINK OF ALL THE 194 THAT SIGNED THE PARIS ACCORD THE U.S. IS LEADING THE WORLD IN REDUCING EMISSIONS. AMERICA IS TRANSITIONING AWAY FROM OLD INEFFICIENT POWER PLANT TO NATURAL GAS PLANT AND LET’S GET LNG TO EUROPE WHERE THEY CAN DO THE SAME THING. MAYBE THEY THINK, THEY BEING THE DEMOCRATS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, THAT CHINA WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL THIS MANUFACTURING TO OCCUR. IT’S FANTASTICAL WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE TRUE MISREPRESENTATION OF THE TRUTH THE DEMOCRATS ARE SPEWING OUT.>>Sandra: THERE’S CERTAINLY A GROWING APPETITE TO TAKE ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND YOU’RE HEARING THAT BY THE RESPONSE THAT SOME DEMOCRATS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT AND SEEING IT SHOW UP IN THE POLLS TOO AS ONE OF THE BIGGEST ISSUES THAT WILL COME UP IN THE 2020 ELECTION. WHAT CURRENTLY IS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S STANCE WHEN IT COMES TO CLIMATE CHANGE. WHAT IS THE PLAN?>>WE ARE ADDRESSING IT. THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THE MEDIA NEEDS TO TAKE A SECOND LOOK AT WHAT’S GOING ON. I’M LEAVING HERE FROM PITTSBURGH HEADING TO OUR NATIONAL ENERGY TECHNICAL LAB WHERE WE’RE SEEING THAT TYPE OF TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPED TO REDUCE EMISSIONS AND COME UP WITH TECHNOLOGIES AND THE INNOVATION. 15 YEARS AGO PEOPLE TOLD US WE FOUND ALL THE OIL AND GAS THAT THERE WAS. THERE WAS NO MORE. INNOVATION CHANGE HAD WHETHER IT’S HYDRAULIC FACT — FRACTURING AND WE’RE DRIVING DOWN EMISSIONS. THAT’S THE STORY THE DEMOCRATS DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT BECAUSE IT DOESN’T MEET THEIR NARRATIVE OF GOING OUT AND SCARE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC INTO POTENTIALLY VOTE FORG THEM. I DON’T THINK — VOTING FOR THEM. I DON’T THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL BE FOOLED BY THE RHETORIC.>>Sandra: WITH THE MESSAGE GOING OUT AND PUSHING THE MESSAGE IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA AND THE GOAL IS TO TURN OIL TO PLASTICS AND THE WORLD IS SOUNDING ALARM OVER THE UBIQUITY AND IMPACT. THIS PICTURE OF TURNING NATURAL GAS INTO PLASTICS IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA TO CREATE ABOUT 600 JOBS, HOW SHOULD THAT BE SEEN, MR. SECRETARY?>>NUMBER ONE, THERE’S ABOUT 6,000 CONSTRUCTION JOBS GOING ON AND A 6 AND A$6 BILLION PLUS IN THE ECONOMY TO THE PEOPLE OF THE APPALACHIAN REGION AND I DON’T THINK DEMOCRATS WILL SAY THAT’S BAD FOR PENNSYLVANIA IF THEY’RE TRYING TO PUT PENNSYLVANIA IN THEIR COLUMN. HERE’S THE KEY, WE’RE USING POLY ETHYLENE PRODUCTS PRACTICALLY IN EVERYTHING WE TOUCH IN THE WORLD, WHETHER IT’S CAR PARTS OR HIGH-END HEALTH CARE PRODUCTS LIKE HEART VALVES. THIS IS WHAT’S GOING TO BE PRODUCED AT THIS PLANT. DOES THE WORLD NEED TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE OF PLASTICS GETTING INTO THE OCEAN? ABSOLUTELY AND I’VE HEARD THE PRESIDENT TALK ABOUT THAT AT OUR ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE WE HAD ABOUT A MONTH AGO. THE PRESIDENT IS FOCUSSED ON SOME OF THE CHALLENGES THE WORLD HAS BUT THE IDEA THAT WE’RE NOT GOING TO USE PLASTICS, I MEAN, WE USE THESE PRODUCTS IN OUR WIND TURBINES. WE USE THEM IN OUR SOLAR PANELS. YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS AND THE DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO.>>Sandra: MR. SECRETARY, WE’RE