The Governor’s Office released its “State Energy Plan,” an 81-page document devoted to Pennsylvania’s history in the energy sector and Gov. Corbett’s plans for the future.
The plan, titled “Energy = Jobs”, seeks to show how the Corbett Administration has made use of the state’s resources and highlights its plans to expand PA’s energy economy for the future.
“Here in the Keystone State, we know that energy equals jobs,” the Governor writes in an introductory note.
“Pennsylvania’s abundant natural resources, sound public policies, improved business climate, skilled workforce and commitment to competitive markets are second to none. We welcome the intense competition to attract jobs and capital investment, and Pennsylvania is committed to winning this competition.”
The report provides immense detail on the state’s history of energy production and the laws which affect energy policy, ultimately advocates for an “all of the above” approach to energy resources.
An “all of the above” energy strategy is a phrase used by almost all politicians regardless of party. For instance, President Obama uses the exact same words to describe his energy policies. The usual partisan differences emerge when it comes to what energy sources are most emphasized and what sources are least utilized.
Democrats in the race for governor are much more likely to favor clean sources of energy like solar, wind, and biomass while Republicans are much more likely to favor established sources of energy like oil, coal, and natural gas.
This contrast can be seen in the Governor’s report, which devotes individual sections to coal, oil & gas, and nuclear energy while sticking all other misc. sources in a section labeled “Alternatives & Renewables”.
Corbett has criticized Allyson Schwartz’s plan to adopt an extraction tax on natural gas drilling and his plan does not address the connection between the environment, climate change, and energy production that the Democratic candidates have stressed.
In fact, the other candidates have wasted no time hitting Corbett on the plan.
“Tom Corbett has released another empty campaign charade paid by the taxpayers of Pennsylvania,” said former DEP Secretary and governor candidate John Hanger. “Corbett’s so-called ‘Energy Plan’ is a plan to nowhere, filled with nothing.”
The Governor’s plan says that the state’s energy resources have and will continue to allow his Administration to succeed in its pledge to create jobs and that that accomplishment is a reason to support his re-election.