Five Things About Bobby Jindal’s Energy Plan

Amy Harder
The Wall Street Journal
16 Sep 2014

Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana hopes to emerge as a leading policy thinker in the field of potential GOP presidential candidates. He released an energy plan Tuesday that in some ways is more nuanced and moderate than ideas espoused by other candidates. The 43-year-old governor’s energy plan includes a number of proposals championed by other Republicans, including expanded domestic energy production and the elimination of environmental regulations that target coal-fired power plants. Here’s five more surprising things you should know.

1 America first

He focuses first and foremost on how the U.S. oil and natural gas boom is fueling America’s manufacturing renaissance. He waits until near the end of his report to talk about oil and natural gas exports and how they can help bolster national security. This is an important distinction and one that indicates Mr. Jindal may not be as bullish as some other potential GOP presidential candidates, including Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, on allowing unfettered exports of oil and natural gas.

2 Supporting exports, with nuance

To be sure, Mr. Jindal does explicitly back exports of natural gas and oil, but he also goes out of his way to emphasize the importance of eliminating regulatory roadblocks impeding the U.S. refining sector, which has a big footprint in Louisiana and is benefiting from the ban on oil exports by exporting record amounts of refined products…



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