"There was a time when the biggest threat to our energy industry was foreign competition, but I sincerely believe that the biggest challenge facing you all in the energy industry today is the federal government that ends up doing more harm than good when it tries to help."
He was angry when Washington overturned Texas' air permitting program for refineries and petrochemical plants:
"I supported the attorney general's decision to challenge the EPA in federal court. I wish I could say the EPA was the only major threat coming out of Washington D.C. these days but I can't do that, when you look at the Department of Interior, and what they're trying to do to deep water drilling from the standpoint of a moratorium."
He thinks Congress' attempt to allow the federal government to dictate how states regulate energy production within their borders is a bad idea:
"Don't get me wrong, I believe that government and governments have a very and central role to play when it comes to safety, but Washington, their attempt to be all, to end all, has a very harmful effect that I don't think is going to end well on its current tract."
Perry says with hard work, innovation and common sense, Texas can succeed in helping the country and without Washington meddling:
"We'll continue to produce the energy for the rest of this country, renewable energy sources that America needs to grow and to succeed."
Pundits say Democrats seem to paying more attention to the governor's anti-Washingtion rhetoric, now that he has a legitimate Democratic opponent.
PH, KUHF News.