From a popular Republican blog we learn that Newt, the darling of the Republican party, wants to get rid of the EPA.
Former House Speaker and possible 2012 candidate Newt Gingrich called for abolishing the Environmental Protection Agency in a Tuesday speech in Iowa.
In an address at the Renewable Fuels Summit, Gingrich told attendees—including Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a key figure in the state’s first-in-nation Republican presidential caucuses – that the EPA should be replaced with a new “Environmental Solutions Agency.”
The replacement agency “would encourage innovation, incentivize success and emphasize sound science and new technology over bureaucracy, regulation, litigation and restrictions on American energy,” according to materials provided by Gingrich aide Rick Tyler.
Gingrich also used his speech to challenge President Obama to use his State of the Union address to outline what Gingrich dubbed an “all of the above” energy strategy that would “truly demonstrate he is serious about governing from the center.”
Now, that’s exactly what Texas needs, some more of that new technology like hydraulic fracturing and more of those incentives since they are currently working so well. In Texas we sure need less of that regulation, litigation and restrictions stuff. Except, I don’t know how you can have any less regulation then we have now.
The Republican party sure has come a long way baby from where they were when Nixon issued this executive order:
On July 9, 1970, citing rising concerns over environmental protection and conservation, President Richard Nixon transmitted Reorganization Plan No. 3 to the United States Congress by executive order, creating the EPA as a single, independent agency from a number of smaller arms of different federal agencies. Prior to the establishment of the EPA, the federal government was not structured to comprehensively regulate environmental pollutants.
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