He spoke at the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association’s Headquarters in Oklahoma.
Rubio was, largely, preaching to the choir as he discussed his belief that the best thing the federal government can do for the energy industry, essentially, is to leave it alone.
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Rubio said environmental regulations are important, but that they should be based on a balance between environmental and financial cost.
The United States should end its ban on crude-oil exports and reduce federal regulations that are stifling an energy industry central to the nation’s future economic prosperity, U.S. Sen. “I think state regulators are more well-suited to that kind of regulation”.
“He would dismantle public health safeguards, putting our families’ well-being at risk to protect polluters’ profits”, said Daniel Weiss, vice president for campaigns at the League of Conservation Voters.
“I believe that the vast majority of Americans – both Democrats and Republicans – are very reasonable when it comes to balancing ecology with the economy”, he said.
Rubio’s speech comes as the Obama administration has expanded its focus on climate change.
While Rubio did not delve into the issue on Wednesday, he noted that he would unveil a more detailed energy plan this fall.
Rubio, if elected, said he would lift the ban on crude oil exports, and do away with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which he said stands in the way of growth and jobs.
Clinton has declined to reveal her position on the proposed and controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, but has said she would go further than President Barack Obama in supporting clean power, and has parted with his administration’s position favoring Arctic drilling.
Wallace was even more impressed at how well versed Rubio is about the energy industry. “Yet despite its importance, our outdated government continues to make energy one of the most politicized and regulated aspects of our entire economy”.
-This report was updated at 2:40 p.m.