… 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”….
Apparently the disgraced former Speaker is going to run for President. So he has been reaching out to the anti-science Tea Party extremists with wilder and wilder statements and flip flops (see Gingrich: “It’s an act of egotism for humans to think we’re a primary source of climate change”
Gingrich has long been just another pro-pollution conservative eco-fraud pretending to care about the environment while adopting the anti-regulation, pro-technology rhetoric suggested by GOP strategist, Frank Luntz, and popularized by his protege, George Bush (see Bush climate speech follows Luntz playbook: “Technology, technology, blah, blah, blah” and “Eco-fraud Gingrich has always opposed clean energy, climate action“).
It’s laughable he called for creating an “Environmental Solutions Agency.” We already have an Environmental Solutions Agency that develops innovative new technology — it’s called the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which I helped run in the mid-1990s. Gingrich tried to kill it when he became speaker in 1995. But why let facts get in the way of a good speech?
No one really believes that polluters will just clean up all by themselves. People understand that you have to set standards that will protect public health and make sure polluters stick to them. That’s why since its founding, the EPA’s approach of setting standards and holding polluters accountable has prevented:
- 205,000 premature deaths
- 672,000 cases of chronic bronchitis
- 21,000 cases of heart disease
- 843,000 asthma attacks
- 189,000 cardiovascular hospitalizations
- 18 million child respiratory illnesses.
Those deaths weren’t prevented, those illnesses weren’t averted and those kids weren’t saved because the EPA went door to door to polluters and said “Pretty please won’t you clean up.” Lives are saved and health improved when we let the experts at the agency responsible for making sure our air and water are clean and safe set the standards and then hold polluters accountable. That’s how the EPA cut air pollution in the US by 60% since 1970.
Gingrich is anti-science and pro-pollution. He fundamentally wants dirtier air and dirtier water for your children. And he no longer wants to take any action to prevent a ruined climate. That I suppose makes him an ideal candidate for the Big-Oil-funded Tea Party crowd (see “Video proof David Koch, the polluting billionaire, pulls the strings of the Tea Party extremists“).
UPDATE: Here is the audio: