Newt Gingrich proposes abolishing EPA

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… 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?

Back in June Gingrich said,  “There’s no evidence in American history that regulations … work to create a better future.”  But as NRDC’s Pete Altman explains:

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:

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30 Responses to Newt Gingrich proposes abolishing EPA

  1. Michael Tucker says:

    “But why let facts get in the way of a good speech?”

    They never do! Facts, truth, reason, logic, these are NOT REQUIRED by their supporters.

    The oil / coal interests have a broad field of possible Republican / Tea Bag candidates to choose from now. They don’t need to commit to just one and Gingrich may not end up on top by the end of this year.

    What seems clear is the Republicans have convinced many Americans that clean air and water just gets in the way of Big Oil and King Coal.

  2. nz says:

    About time for a remake of the film “Clueless” with obviously some more comical characters.

  3. Sam says:

    Oooo, the evil EPA, created in the seventies by that Eco-hippy, anti-business, pro-regulation, socialist president Richard Nixon.

  4. Dano says:

    Newt Gingrich proposes abolishing EPA

    And in other news, the sun set in the west today. Film at 11.

    Best,

    D

  5. nan says:

    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. lol

  6. Dan Moutal says:

    One nit, You said:

    “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”

    That isn’t exactly what I envision as an Environmental Solutions Agency as it only addresses the environment from an energy perspective, which is fine for the Carbon problem (AGW, and Ocean acidification) but inadequate for other issues (biodiversity loss).

    But the rest of the post is spot on.

    [JR: Actually, until Bush killed the industrial program, EERE worked on other pollutants.]

  7. Kim says:

    Because Liberal/Progressives never bother with facts or truth let me explain, the Tea Party (calling us names shows YOUR intolerance)is a movement of individuals. We represent people in all walks of life, Republicans, Conservatives, Independents, Democrats, Libertarians, Constitutionalists, Young, Old, Black, White, Hispanic,Successful, Poor, Tall, Short, etc., you name it, we do not discriminate.

    We also do not have a leader, someone who speaks for us because we all have different opinions, likes, visions, which actually makes US the diverse group. But we ALL do love our country and want it to remain the Free country it is, with less spending, less taxes, less government, etc..

    A Tea Party Event is like a huge family get together with the bickering, from infant to 100, not extremist. Last year a gentleman, about 40, came to the Tea Party, and was looking a little confused so I asked if I could help him, I was volunteering my time. He said he came to really see what the Tea Party was. He said he voted for Obama and the message he kept hearing from the left was that the Tea Party was all old people with little or no education, but he was losing faith in Obama so came to see. He couldn’t believe it, the message from the left was wrong and now he was seeing them for who they are.

    Most of you if not all have ever been to an event, you simply repeat what you’ve heard. Climate change is a joke, the EPA needs to be neutered and the majority of funding stopped.

    Make up all the facts you want, repeat them like you do, but it will never make them true.

  8. Lou Grinzo says:

    No surprise Newt would do this. It’s a cheap, easy way to fire up the base for the daily two minutes of hate.

    Remember: It’s ALL politics, ALL the time. Forget this and you lose to the people who remember it.

  9. I think this headline should be spread far and wide, and the Republican party should be firmly associated with this position, which I think is an accurate summary of the direction they’d like to go.

  10. Nell says:

    Underneath it all they are afraid.
    Everything that needs to be done to mitigate climate change is contrary to their politics and policies… at least they think it is.

  11. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    In Australia we got our first real taste of the extreme Right, market fundamentalist politics under a state regime in New South Wales. The Greiner pathocracy, elected in 1988, had, as one of its religious dogmata, intoned ritually like a mantra ‘Deregulate, deregulate-leave it all to the Market’. Of course those familiar with foreign experience knew that ‘Deregulation means no regulation’. For a while they prettied it up as ‘Self-regulation’, like a good bowel regime, but that sham was soon exposed too. Needless to say, in the years that followed this nonsense became bi-partisan policy in our ‘democracy without choices’.
    One of the axioms of life around which one can organise one’s existence and understanding is that the Right, the pathological fraction of humanity, cares only about gain. Greed, avarice, cupidity, call it what you will, it is the be all and end all of their existence. History is replete with cruel, vicious and destructive manifestations of this axiomatic principle from colonialism and imperialism to the recent decades’ immiseration of middle and lower classes across the West to enrich the top few per cent of the wealth distribution. Why the parasite classes act like this, although they know that they are destroying the prospects for a decent life for others, is for pathopsychology and ponerology to explicate, but one thing is certain. While the Right’s previous depredations ‘merely’ caused millions of deaths and great human misery, their activities now, that fanatically deny the ecological crisis and use every dirty tactic to protect their wealth against remedial action, amount, because they will, barring a miraculous escape not yet in sight, cause billions of premature deaths, to the greatest crime in history. In fact the ultimate crime, the crime against life in its entirety, the crime for which there is no forgiveness. In my opinion, besides the actions of the denialist industry, every criminal, genocidal outrage in history simply pales into insignificance.

  12. Newt is a quintessential panderer

    panderer – a person who serves or caters to the vulgar passions or plans of others (especially in order to make money)

  13. Karmel Korn says:

    He could run for President and win on the kill the EPA ticket.

  14. Nut Cracker says:

    Climate change is a joke, the EPA needs to be neutered

    Just how do you teabaggers intend to ‘neuter’ physics and biology?

    Prayer?

  15. David Smith says:

    Natural Gass Is Not As Clean As Previously Thought, new research suggests;

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/25/natural-gas-clean_n_813750.html

  16. Rabid Doomsayer says:

    Are our political memories really that short? Is our grasp of logic really that poor?

    It appears so.

    All this hate they are stirring up could easily turn upon them. It would be easy to start, but no so easy to stop. So far the teabaggers have been nice and tame towards their masters, but stealing control would be so much easier than setting up the organizations.

    “Don’t step on me”. When they are suffering the pollution that results they may fell a little more than stepped on. When the banks repossess their property they may feel a little stepped on.

    To stir up so much irrational hatred is playing with fire. Those Tea Party masters should remember what Joseph Stalin did to the founders of the Communist Party and remember the night of the long knives.

    Am I the only one that sees echoes of the past?

  17. Jim Groom says:

    Newt is a half-wit trying to become a full-wit…or is that nit-wit?

  18. talonpoint says:

    @16 Climate Change will be the worst thing that ever happens to the Republican Party. Eventually. Unfortunately, once that happens it may be too late to avoid untold suffering. And then the Beck-educated slackjaws will find a way to blame it on Liberals. But we should make sure that everyone is clear who wanted to do what when we had the chance, lest the chronically misguided argue that they should ever be left in charge of anything in the aftermath.

  19. Ziyu says:

    @ 7 Kim, the Tea Party is over 85% registered Republicans. They support lower taxes, for the wealthy while leaving out the poor to starve. I’ve actually seen Tea Partiers say on blogs that clean air and water isn’t a right. They want less regulation, which means free reign for corporations to pollute however they want and abuse workers. You should also try reading the section in CP that debunks all your denier arguments. I hope you have a happy future in the 1800s, which showed what your ideal capitalistic world looked like.

  20. Peter M says:

    #19 Ziyu

    actually the T Party is over 95% ‘white’

    Most are as you have said are ignorant of basic science- and most would like to take us back to 1750 on social issues, and have a 7 year old work in sweat shops 6 days a week, 12 hours a day to support the tax cuts of the wealthy.

  21. A J says:

    The “Environmental Solutions Agency” somehow has the same ring to it as the “Ministry of Love.”

  22. catman306 says:

    Shorter Newt: We don’t need no stinking, corporatist bashing EPA!

    Abolish Newt.

  23. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Lou Grinzo, the Right do not restrict themselves to a mere two minutes of hate. Their every waking moment is a testament to fear, hatred, paranoia and ever-growing rage. And I dare say that they dream of it as well.

  24. robbert says:

    “Environmental Solutions Agency” … Almost scary but one might ask “Is he kidding?” Not so, for this is classic Gingrich. Now he is adding definition to his root name ‘Rich-In-Ging’. We are learning just what ‘Ging’* stands for. Do we realize, ‘unregulated Pollution’ is really what his ‘solution’ is all about!

    “They see pollution as not in need of a solution!”

    Oh, what merriment these Repugnutcons create! How can they take themselves as serious? As long as there are people who buy his spin, it will not end!

    Asterisk note: World English Dictionary > slang – ‘ging’ – a child’s catapult.

  25. jyyh says:

    The obvious one liner:”If he was a newt, he wouldn’t talk like that.”

  26. John McCormick says:

    RE # 7

    Kim, are you the lead sheep?

    John McCormick

  27. Roger B. says:

    I know a fellow who although he hasn’t stated explicitly that he’s a Tea Partier, fits the profile. He gets essentially all of his news from Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News. For him, everything the government does, excluding defense, is wrong and a waste. For him, government run healthcare would be a total disaster although he adamently wants his medicare and social security benefits from the government.

    The last time I talked extensively to him, he was telling me that Obama had given George Soros $2 billion to invest in a Cuban oil venture. That came from Glenn Beck. Needless to say, that story was incorrect.

    In terms of global warming, he agrees that it is warming because it’s obvious around here, but he wouldn’t agree that it’s related to human activity and wouldn’t agree to do anything to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

    My impression is that a lot of the Tea Partiers are scared and want something simplist to hold onto. That’s what Glenn Beck, Rush, Sean, ect provide. They are good at exploiting the ignorance, fear, greed and selfishness of people.

    Roger Blanchard
    Sault Ste. Marie, MI

  28. Hendo says:

    The hatred and division fueled by the so-called GOP [I have issues with the descriptive "Grand"] is propelling the decline of the US as world leader.
    Given that the US consumes some 25% of the world’s energy, and produces a very considerable amount of pollution, a bipartisan policy tuned to global sustainability would be in the US and world interest. Yet the GOP promises to sink every initiative that might lead to that sustainable position, and to hell with the rest of the world – and the US.
    This is in part why the rest of the world is reconfiguring it’s own energy policies and it’s international alignments. If you had not heard that before it is possibly because outside of the (excellent) world of blogs, mainstream press is very limited in it’s treatment of global interest. The next US election will be telling. If the GOP prevails, I would expect a massive shift of world feeling away from the US, placing the US increasingly as an isolated state. Following that is the likelihood of a new international currency, after which the future of the US will be in uncharted territory.

  29. Chris Winter says:

    For Kim (#7):

    Can we know the Tea Party by the people it endorses? They are: Sarah Palin; Michele Bachmann; Charles Krauthammer; Newt Gingrich, to name a few.

    I’ve found all these people to be persistently wrong in their statements.

    Here’s a New York Times profile of the Tea Party movement from April 2010:

    “The 18 percent of Americans who identify themselves as Tea Party supporters tend to be Republican, white, male, married and older than 45.”

    “Asked what they are angry about, Tea Party supporters offered three main concerns: the recent health care overhaul, government spending and a feeling that their opinions are not represented in Washington.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/15/us/politics/15poll.html?hp

  30. W W Woodward says:

    RE # 26

    John, That title would be “Judas Goat” and the prophet Obama would be the holder of that designation.
    [W3]
    W W Woodward