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Oil Funded Statistics Shape Perry's Energy Plan

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Oil Funded Statistics Shape Perry's Energy Plan

League of Conservation Voters

In the CNN presidential debate Oct. 19, Texas Governor Rick Perry again claimed his energy plan for expanding oil and gas drilling would create 1.2 million jobs. The League of Conservation Voters released the following fact check in response:

Studies claiming that lifting regulations and expanding oil and gas drilling will create more than a million jobs have been funded by oil companies.

  • The American Petroleum Institute funded a study that projected 1.4 million jobs from easing regulations and dropping moratoriums.  [New York Times, September 2011]

The same studies project that it will take almost a decade for those jobs to appear.

  • The American Petroleum Institute study also projects that job creation would take at least seven years.  [New York Times, September 2011]

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