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LCV FACT CHECK: Perry Repeats Oil-Funded Job Statistics to Promote Energy Plan

Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or

October 18, 2011  

In tonight’s CNN presidential debate, Perry again claimed his energy plan for expanding oil and gas drilling would create 1.2 million jobs. LCV released the following fact check in response:

Studies claiming that lifting regulation and expanding oil and gas drilling will create over 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, 9/7/11]

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

  • The API study also projects that job creation would take at least seven years.  [New York Times, 9/7/11]

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