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Earlier today, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry unveiled his long-awaited energy plan.
Perry’s plan would expand risky oil drilling—including offshore drilling—and would roll back a variety of clean air protections and end a number of incentives for the development of clean energy.
The numerous giveaways to Big Oil and other Dirty Energy interests in Perry’s plan aren’t surprising when you consider that those interests are Perry’s biggest campaign contributors, donating over $11 million to his political campaigns.
Perry has a well-documented historyof pay-to-play—as Governor of Texas, he pushed through a law allowing his second-biggest donor to dump nuclear waste in the state. Perry also instituted a permanent tax break for fracking, which cost Texas taxpayers $1.5 billion and benefited Perry’s major donors. Perry also appointed a number of oil and gas industry employees to state oversight boards.
UPDATE: Think Progress lists the top 10 giveaways to Big Oil in Perry's plan.