Gingrich Calls For Elimination of The Environmental Protection Agency

In a further example of the rush to the bottom in our political system, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told the Conservative Political Action Conference that he intends to scrap the EPA which he claims has waged a “war on American energy.”

Gingrich wants to create an Environmental Solutions Agency that rewards innovation. It is an incredible statement about the extreme of the conservative movement. While insisting that they are fighting for family values, they would eliminate the agency that protects the health of our families and particularly our children. The EPA is already struggling with limited funding and enforcement capacity. Yet, Gingrich wants to eliminate it — and views that pledge as a key to securing Republican votes.

Source: HuffPost

65 thoughts on “Gingrich Calls For Elimination of The Environmental Protection Agency

  1. “he intends to scrap the EPA”

    What does *intends* mean? Does he have some authority I don’t know about? Or some prospect of getting it?

  2. Thanks…Hepburn is my hero and Lion in Winter is in my top five of movies.

    Gingrich is nothing more than a late night info-ad pitch man with a sullied and useless product line. Click.

  3. Gingrich is nothing more than a late night info-ad pitch man with a sullied and useless product line. Click.

    At least Ron Popeil was harmless and kind of entertaining…

  4. I have grown exceedingly weary of the tendency of conservatives to describe every policy disagreement as a “war” against American values. I am certain that Koch Industries regards the EPA as the bureaucratic equivalent of the Antichrist. And Mr. Gingrich is dutifully spreading the message.

    In 2004 I attended my 40th high school reunion and learned that one of my classmates had been an EPA attorney for many years. I jokingly asked him if he found himself with a lot of free time on his hands under the Bush administration. He laughed and told me my observation was truer than I might have thought.

    For the first eight years of this century, the real wars were waged by Republicans. We commenced wars in the Middle East to impose democracy by the sword. We deregulated the financial industry to permit the “free market” to grow the economy. We imposed a de facto ban on protecting the health and safety of American workers and families by failing to enforce existing regulations or implement new ones. Those policies produced results with which we are all familiar: the prostitution of the Constitution and fundamental values to a bloated, privatized war machine; economic collapse and a burgeoning national debt; the Upper Big Branch and Sago mine disasters; the continued devastation from the Deepwater Horizon explosion; and the decline in international respect for U.S. credibility and moral leadership.

    The neo-con militarists are now heavily engaged in writing a revisionist history of the war in Iraq. Neo-secessionists are writing revisionist histories of slavery and the Civil War to reinvigorate the false doctrine of states rights. And Mr. Gingrich and his colleagues are raising revisionist arguments about economic and environmental history. All of this, of course, is intended to preserve the myths of American exceptionalism, free market capitalism and Christian righteousness.

    I suggest that in the interests of symbolic accuracy, Republicans abandon the elephant in favor of the Three Wise Monkeys.

  5. Cannot stand Newt, but this is a great idea.

    EPA type departments need to be run through the state governments, not the feds.

    Again, no constitutional authority.

  6. Mike A.,

    Have you seen the film, “Inside Job”? It is an examination of the economic devastation which has befallen our nation. The documentary clearly shows the complete collusion between both Democrats and Republicans in this disaster.

    I believe Democrats make a serious mistake by attributing everything bad to the other party while completely missing the complicity of their own party. It has taken both Republicans and Democrats to gut environmental protections, wage war for oil and deregulate the financial industry. That is the truth.

    Thinking that it is only Republicans keeps everyone in the dark about the corporate oligarchy–people who use anyone from any party who will do their bidding (and they get a lot of takers!).

  7. “EPA type departments need to be run through the state governments, not the feds. ”

    and how would that effect commerce……..?

  8. Hi, Jill. I have seen the film and I agree with you. Whenever Newt Gingrich opens his mouth, however, my hyperbole gland goes into overdrive. But I would note that I am not aware of any Democrats who have called for abolition of the EPA, the Department of Education, social security, Medicare or the Federal Reserve. In Republican ideology, freedom’s just another word for nothing left to use.

  9. I agree Mike A., they don’t say it openly. They don’t have to. It’s done quietly during the regulatory process when the lobbyists write it all up and that’s the end of it. Republicans are open frauds and Newt is particularly loathsome!

  10. “and how would that effect commerce……..?”


    It would create a wave of litigation like a tsunami.

    For example, look at health care insurance. It is controlled by a patchwork of state regulation which allows two effects: 1) the insurance industry to game the system in denying coverage and rigging rates and 2) creates a huge burden on the efficacy of the health care provision system. Centralization of control as an organizational process has two primary benefits: efficiency and standardization. Like any tool, centralization can be misused either in application (e.g. the unitary Executive illegal expansion of powers) or in not using it when appropriate to gain systemic efficiencies (e.g. regulation of pollution and insurance).

    The polluters would welcome dismantling the EPA because it would create a regulatory patchwork for them to exploit ala health care insurance providers and a lack of standardization they could begin to exploit allowing them to pollute and toxify to their greedy lil’ black hearts content. The only people who would benefit from this are attorneys, CEO’s and shareholders. The people it will harm is everybody. Everybody who like clean air, potable water and non-toxic soil in which to grow healthy food.

  11. The programs they want cut,the agencies that they want to eliminate,it turns out the Urban Dictionary has a definition for people who think like Gingrich

    “Off the wall

    So crazy that it is hard to understand
    Dang, that was so off the wall crazy, that it was off the wall and then back ON the wall.”

  12. UUMMMMMM!:

    “The country has changed in that we are even more of a meritocracy today than at any time in the past. Women, minorities, gays, Jews … all can now work on Wall Street, in law firms, start businesses, and enter the market without being run out of town. Merely being one of the boys isn’t enough anymore. The level of shrillness is nothing but the last, desperate gasps of an aging demographic group left over from a time when America meant apple pie and baseball for some and lynchings, beatings, and disenfranchisement for others.”

  13. Ah yes… the conservative opportuntity society is once again on the march…

    Has Newt been spending time with Mayor Bloomberg or Governor Cuomo recently…. he should inform them again about that little noticed reason for the original tea partiers to gather in Boston back in the 1770’s….

    Court: NY Can Tax All Income of Owner of NY Vacation Home Used 17 Days/Year

    Wall Street Journal, Out-of-State Owners Could Face Tax Bill:
    Connecticut and New Jersey residents with a Hamptons summer cottage or a Manhattan pied-a-terre are about to get a nasty surprise: New York state wants more taxes from them.

    A New York court ruled last month that all income earned by a New Canaan, Conn., couple is subject to New York state taxes because they own a summer home on Long Island they used only a few times a year. They have been hit with an additional tax bill of $1.06 million. [In re Barker, No. 822324 (NY Tax App. Jan. 13, 2011).] ….

    For years, New York law stated that residents of another state who spend more than 183 days a year in New York have to pay taxes on any income they make in this state. But they generally haven’t had to pay New York taxes on income they make outside of the state or on their spouses’ income if they work elsewhere.

    Under the recent ruling, this might change for many out-of-state residents who own vacation homes or apartments here. In effect, it reinterprets what counts as a permanent residence.

    In defining a “permanent place of abode,” New York tax code specifically excludes “a mere camp or cottage, which is suitable and used only for vacations.” New York tax experts say the new ruling is the first they recall that counts summer homes as permanent residences. ….

    [The judge] ruled that the couple’s Long Island vacation home qualifies under the law as a permanent abode because it was suitable for living year-round—whether or not the couple actually stayed in the home wasn’t relevant. Under the ruling, if an owner doesn’t spend a single a day in a home it could still count toward a permanent residence.

    The Napeague, Long Island, house was purchased by John and Laura Barker for $260,000 in 1997, according to court documents. From 2002 to 2004, the period that was assessed for back taxes, the Barkers said they spent only [17] days a year at the home, usually during the summer.

    This also dovetails rather nicely with the news in a previous post about the move to strip college students of their voting rights in some states… but retain the right to tax any income that they earn.

    So once again it seems… the only opportunity that most politicians are interested in is the opportunity to spend other peoples’s money… from whatever source derived…
    anywhere any time… you don’t even have to live there… and
    they certainly don’t want you voting there.

  14. culheath 1, February 11, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Think Egypt.

    culheath I just saw the vid on your site….it’s amazing!

    it will be interesting to see what happens now….

  15. As the budget battle to come get more shrill the people that want to dismantle the social and environmental protections for the country are going to seize on dollar arguments to justify these gifts to corporate America. This is a fully scalable chart of last years government income and spending. Its lovely and on my desktop for easy reference. EPA=10b., Navy Office of Procurement=44b. Just the Navy, just one Navy Office.

    40% of the EPA budget goes toward water quality. If that goes the restraint against fracking coal seams, mountaintop removal, petrochemical discharge into rivers goes. The need to update waste treatment and drinking water supply issues is left entirely to municipalities and states and the issues regarding animal and crop farming runoff disappears. Big gifts for business.

    Gingrich has left the budget arguments behind, he’s a pubic warrior against the people and for business IMO, that’s why I don’t mind listening to him as much as most others, he’s more honest in his mission.

    For the rest of the lying corporatists a chart is useful.

  16. Culheath, nice pic on your site. Earlier in the week the square was not so filled, there was some open space and there wasn’t a tent city in the middle. The crowd is staying larger during ‘down’ times. It’s an awesome sight.

  17. “40% of the EPA budget goes toward water quality. ”

    Tossing the EPA isn’t just a ‘gift’ to big business, it is an early event in the push to privatize water. Without protections and a loss of oversight to that resource, there will be steady attacks against the laws that keep water out of Corporate hands. They have been wanting to exploit this resource here for a long time. Be AWARE!!!!!

  18. Ten bucks says Newt makes noises like he’s going to run for President, then decides not to, shortly there after releasing a book.

  19. Just surfing the news channels and watching the citizens enjoy this moment,I clicked on fox ,I swear these people could find something negative if a person regained their sight after being blind for years or a person being able to walk after being wheel chair bound all of their lives.Egypt is the perfect example of the saying”Together we stand,dived we fall”

  20. “.Egypt is the perfect example of the saying”Together we stand,dived we fall””

    Yes, except with our perfectly divided Congress and our ever widening gap of economic division….we may well be next!

  21. The country scrapped Newt Gingrich a long time ago. This is another “test” case to see if the EPA is a good wedge issue. If the left laughs at him and the right doesn’t fringe themselves with teabags over it then the subject will be dropped and a new one will be introduced. It’s the “Great Wedge Issue Hunt”.

  22. Gyges,
    I think Newt will run for office until he gets smacked down by the Republican voters. This EPA crap is just that. Crap. Gingrich is a corporate stooge just like most of the Republicans and some of the Dems. Here he wants to end the agency that was created under a Republican President. If the EPA is allowed to be killed or reined in even more, the result is that people will die. Some slowly, some quickly, but they will die while corporations who are supposed to be people show their true colors. This is another example of why it does matter who you vote for even if there are some bad Dems. The Republicans will take us back to the 18th century if they are given the opportunity.

  23. Awhile back I threw this **Dream Team** in the mix,Arpaio/Bolton:=),Now how about Gingrich/Trump talk about two people taking air out of a room.Or any where for that matter.

  24. Raff,

    Divorced serial adulterer? Nah. He’s sly enough to know he wouldn’t get elected, and that’s there’s just enough people that aren’t that sly to give his book sales a boost.

    He does the same thing every other Republican primary or so.

  25. Gyges,
    You could be right about the book, but I think Gingrich’s ego is so big that he still thinks America is calling him. I would like to see him run so that all of his broken wedding vows could be rerun on the news for all to see what a tramp he is.
    I am not sure that Trumps hair would ever be allowed in any Federal installations because he has to have something hiding in their!

  26. raff:
    “I am not sure that Trumps hair would ever be allowed in any Federal installations because he has to have something hiding in their!”

    You think? LOL!!

  27. I think Trump’s hair would pose another problem.

    Do you know how hard it is to get a marmoset vetted for a security clearance?

  28. Swarthmore mom:

    A guy from Wisconsin called this radio show that I had on the radio today,almost in tears about this Governor.

  29. Eniobob: That’s what we heard last fall and will hear again. Throw all the democrats out and replace them with union busters. Unfortunately this governor has four years and Feingold’s replacement has 6.

  30. eniobob,
    Thanks for the link to culheath’s site.

    You’ve got a great sight. People should scroll down a bit to get to “Neaves Strobe.” For a while there I thought it was 30 years ago and I was tripping again. Amazing.

  31. As always, follow the money. Two words – Marcellus Shale. Remember T. Boone Pickens ads about using natural gas to get off foreign oil? Why was he so enthused about natural gas production? – The “Energy Policy Act of 2005”

    [This bill exempted fluids used in the natural gas extraction process of Hydraulic fracturing from protections under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and CERCLA[citation needed]. It created a loophole that exempts companies drilling for natural gas from disclosing the chemicals involved in fracking operations that would normally be required under federal clean water laws. The loophole is commonly known as the “Halliburton loophole” since former Halliburton CEO Dick Cheney was reportedly instrumental in its passage. The proposed Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act would repeal these exemptions. ]

    The FRAC Act was never passed. Wells are polluted or run dry because of the need for water for this practice, houses collapse, roads are degraded and left unuseable.

    Townships have begun to pass laws against hydraulic-fracturing, but time is short.

    My new congressman a former Republican businessman, will be in the forefront of easing EPA regulations. Blouise is right, they are placing people in the most elementary levels.

  32. Pardon Me

    Great minds run in the same ditch, or something. Note the dates 2004 and 2005 in our articles to see how things work.

  33. Mike.S

    I wish I could take credit,culhealth is responsible.

    Thanks for the link to culheath’s site.”

    “For a while there I thought it was 30 years ago and I was tripping again. Amazing.”

    Some of the things that are coming out of these politicians mouths now adays makes you think that they are.And a **BAD**one at that.

  34. I say go after the easy targets: The Labor Dept, Health And Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, and Education.

    None of these are Constitutional.

    The EPA is a more evil monster and needs to be divided and conquered.

  35. “Gingrich calls for elimination of EPA”

    come on, does this really supprise anyone. call me when the headline is Earth Calls For Elimination of Newt Gingrich. Earth decides “He’s not worth the oxygen”.

  36. Buddha,
    You are tight about ol’ Newt. He is one slimey piece of excrement. This is the same guy that was constantly talking about family values when the Republicans were going after Clinton, while Newt was going on his 2nd or third wife at the time. Didn’t this sweetheart leave his one wife when she was in a hospital bed?
    Swarthmore mom,
    Great link to the story about the new Governor of Wisconsin. He is one piece of work. I think the cheese has gone bad, because I just don’t understand how such a progressive state like Wisconsin could elect this chump.
    Mike S.
    Are you talking about tripping the light fantastic??? :)
    Buckeye, Great story about Mr. Pickens and his real reason for being in favor of natural gas.

  37. Commentary from Tom Woods is appropriate:

    “We know these myths by heart. Government acts on behalf of the public good. It keeps us safe. It protects us against monopolies. It provides indispensable services we could not provide for ourselves. Without it, America would be populated by illiterates, half of us would be dead from quack medicine or exploding consumer products, and the other half would lead a feudal existence under the iron fist of private firms that worked them to the bone for a dollar a week.

    Thus Americans tolerate much government predation because they have bought into the myth that state intervention may be an irritant, but the alternative of a free society would be far worse. They have been conditioned to believe that despite whatever occasional corruption they may observe in politics, the government by and large has their well-being at heart. Schoolchildren in particular learn a version of history worthy of Pravda. Governments, they are convinced, abolished child labor, gave people good wages and decent working conditions; protect them from bad food, drugs, airplanes, and consumer products; have cleaned their air and water; and have done countless other things to improve their well-being. They truly cannot imagine how anyone who isn’t a stooge for industry could think differently, or how free people acting in the absence of compulsion and threats of violence — which is what government activity amounts to — might have figured out a way to solve these problems. The history of regulation is, in this fact-free version of events, a tale of righteous crusaders winning victories for the public against grasping and selfish private interests who care nothing for the common good.

    But let’s suppose that the federal government has in fact been an enemy of the people’s welfare, and that the progress in our living standards has occurred quite in spite of its efforts. It pits individuals, firms, industries, regions, races, and age groups against each other in a zero-sum game of mutual plunder. It takes credit for improvements in material conditions that we in fact owe to the private sector, while refusing to accept responsibility for the countless failures and social ills to which its own programs have given rise. Rather than bringing about the public good, whatever that means, it governs us through a series of fiefdoms seeking bigger budgets and more power. Despite the veneer of public-interest rhetoric by which it camouflages its real nature, it is a mere parasite on productive activity and a net minus in the story of human welfare.

    Now if this is a more accurate depiction of the federal government, we are likely to have a different view of the consequences of the coming fiscal collapse. So an institution that has seized our wealth, held back the rise in our standard of living, and deceived schoolchildren into honoring it as the source of all progress, will have to be cut back? What’s the catch? This is no calamity to be deplored. It is an opportunity to be seized.”

  38. The dirt on Newt: Married his high school teacher (he was 19, she was 26). Had two daughters. Told her he was divorcing her when she was in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery. Marries wife no. 2. While pontificating on Clinton’s sex life was screwing around on wife no. 2 with Callista, a staffer who is 23 years his junior. Dumps wife no. 2 when she gets multiple sclerosis and marries Callista. Converts to roman catholicism after marriage to the devout catholic Callista (who apparently never heard of the commandment “thou shalt not commit adultery.”)

    How will this go over with the “family values” crowd? Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus.

  39. Newt Gingrich? If elected could be the worst presidential name in our history. That of course says nothing about the slimy crook he is.

  40. Another way to look at it American Energy has declared war on Americans right to breath clean air and drink clean water.

    I live in a state that has kept the EPA at bay for the last 20 years – Texas. Come on down and look at the result. Childhood asthma rates are through the roof,cancer rates are climbing, the list goes on and on.

    The EPA is starting to take action and there are many Texans who are happy about that.

  41. centerist cynic,

    Forgive them for they know not what they do. The amount of money put into propaganda to convince the public that all government is bad, as is government regulation, is staggering. The majority of people get the fact that there are benefits in a strong central government. However, a stolid minority of people who sheeplike absorb the crap, believe it. They fail to realize that the public needs government to protect them from the predation of ruthless corporatists.

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