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Jeb Bush to outline energy plan that calls for lifting oil and gas restraints

September 29, 2015

Jeb Bush plans to present an energy plan Tuesday that will call for lifting restrictions on producing and exporting oil and gas as part of his larger pitch for achieving 4 percent economic growth, a figure he talks about frequently as a candidate for president.

The Florida Republican governor will outline a plan with four general components that are in line with the Republican orthodoxy: lifting restrictions on exporting oil and gas; approving construction of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline; stripping away some environmental regulations; and urging the federal government to yield to the energy desires of state and tribes.

In a post on Medium that will be published Tuesday, Bush plans to argue that Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton “baldly politicized the government permitting process” by opposing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, according to this campaign.

Clinton came out against the pipeline last week. During a campaign event in South Carolina last week, Bush mocked surprise in Clinton’s decision.

Bush will deliver remarks about his plan Tuesday afternoon at Rice Energy near Pittsburgh, Pa., a company that says its mission is to be “the paradigm for oil and gas exploration and production companies in the shale generation.”

In calling for the federal government to yield to local officials and residents, Bush plans to argue that states and tribes “are best able to weigh the benefits and costs of oil and gas development.”

Bush, who is trying to recover from a dip in the polls following the second televised presidential debate, will campaign on Wednesday in New Hampshire, a state widely seen as key to his chances of claiming the GOP nomination.

By Sean Sullivan

Source: The Washington Post

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