Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry accused President Barack Obama of “intentionally” pushing up oil and gas prices to “drive consumers to green energy,” as the Texas governor called for opening up swaths of Alaska and other areas to oil drilling.

“The quickest way to give our economy a shot in the arm is to deploy the American ingenuity to tap American energy,” Perry today said at U.S. Steel Corp.’s Mon Valley Works in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh.
In his first major economic policy speech as a White House candidate, he said expanding domestic energy exploration would create 1.2 million jobs.

“My plan will break the grip of dependence that we have today on foreign oil from hostile countries like Venezuela and those unstable Middle Eastern countries,” Perry said. “It will allow us to grow jobs and our economy.”