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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.”

  4. 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??? đŸ™‚
    Buckeye, Great story about Mr. Pickens and his real reason for being in favor of natural gas.

  5. “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”.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Swarthmore mom:

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

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