Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Jeb Bush's Energy Plan Seeks to Out-Republican the Republicans

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Jeb Bush's Energy Plan Seeks to Out-Republican the Republicans

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Jeb Bush's choice of venue to unveil his energy plan is telling. The Republican presidential candidate will speak Tuesday afternoon near Pittsburgh at Rice Energy, an oil and gas company known for its advances in hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking.

Mr. Bush says he plans to repeal the renewable fuel standard, restrictions on fracking, and current limits on carbon emissions by US power plants.

In other words, he wants to do the opposite of President Obama.

In a Medium post published on Tuesday, Bush wrote that any federal plans to suppress domestic energy production and raise energy prices should be rejected by the next president.

"With the right policies and leadership, we can, in the near- term, achieve 4% growth and restore the opportunity for every American to rise," Bush wrote. "But that will only happen if we reverse damaging federal energy policies."

Among those policies would be Obama's plan, released last month, to order power plants to cut carbon emissions 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

Specifically, Bush says he will lift restrictions on natural gas exports that have made energy exportation to countries like China difficult, and he will also support lifting a US ban on crude oil exports.

Lifting this ban, wrote Bush, would create "hundreds of thousands of additional jobs and significantly lower net energy costs within two years."

Bush also vows to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, a Canada-to- Texas pipeline that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has already openly opposed. "She favors environmental extremists over US jobs," Bush said at the event.

The GOP candidate again sounded off on the Democratic front- runner in his post Tuesday. "Even more extreme, Hillary Clinton has indicated she would flatly prohibit drilling off the northern coast of Alaska," he says.

But if Bush's energy plan seems to hew close to the party line on energy policy, that's intentional. …

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