Gov. Bobby Jindal says America is hurting its economy through efforts that curb domestic energy production.
In back-to-back events in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Jindal touted a new national energy policy that focuses on increasing domestic and cheaper energy, which he says will stimulate jobs and the economy.
The policy paper, released through Jindal’s America Next nonprofit, is similar to a health care proposal he released through the group earlier this year and appears to be the latest move as Jindal, who is considering a run for president, seeks to set himself apart from other Republican hopefuls.
A Wall Street Journal article this week notes that Jindal, with his national policy proposals, is “moving early to stake a claim” in the field of potential candidates “by casting himself as one of his party’s leading policy thinkers.”
The latest policy paper, dubbed “Organizing Around Abundance: Making America an Energy Superpower,” touts four key principles: promote responsible development of domestic energy; encourage technological innovation of renewables; unlock the economic potential of the manufacturing renaissance by putting America’s energy resources to work; eliminate burdensome regulations and bolster national security.
“We’ve got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said during a Tuesday meeting with the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. “America can be an energy superpower.”
During that meeting and a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, Jindal said energy reform would increase jobs and strengthen the nation’s economy. Per the Governor’s Office, Jindal will travel from Washington to Houston on Wednesday for America Next meetings, before returning to Baton Rouge that evening.
In the run-up to the release of his energy policy, Jindal has spent time in Texas, Arizona, Illinois, New Mexico and Florida for America Next meetings.
On Tuesday, Jindal repeatedly criticized the Obama administration’s energy policies and referred to the president’s advisers as “science deniers.”
“They know the negative consequences,” Jindal said of energy restrictions, which he said leads to higher costs. “At the very least, they should be up-front and honest about it.”
He said U.S. restrictions make the country less competitive with developing countries that don’t regulate emissions, which Jindal said is worse for the environment.
“It does nothing for the environment and simply hurts our economy,” he said.
Jindal spoke in favor of the proposed Keystone pipeline, fracking and efforts to increase domestic oil and natural gas production, as well as increasing nuclear energy reliance. His nearly 50-page energy policy paper makes several recommendations to curb the power of the Environmental Protection Agency and granting more power over energy to the states.
It also recommends a “gradual phase-out” of the Renewable Fuel Standard, which pumped up the use of biofuels, including corn-made ethanol.