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Newt Gingrich: Abolish the Environmental Protection Agency

February 15, 2011

The League of Conservation Voters reports: Last week, speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called for completely abolishing the Environmental Protection Agency.

This week, Republican leaders in the House have taken a big step toward making the Gingrich plan to eliminate the EPA a reality by slashing funding for environmental and public health safeguards in their proposed funding measure.

The Republican leadership in the House is calling for a 30 percent cut to the EPA’s budget – the largest cut in 30 years. Such draconian cuts would jeopardize the water we drink and air we breathe, endangering the health and well-being of all Americans.

In addition to these draconian cuts, the House proposed funding measure also includes sneak attacks on our bedrock environmental laws. It would prevent the EPA from closing loopholes in the Clean Water Act that would jeopardize the drinking water for 117 million Americans. Additionally, the plan would prevent the EPA from enforcing commonsense safeguards in the Clean Air Act that curb harmful carbon pollution and hold corporate polluters accountable.

These additional provisions have nothing to do with funding the government or creating jobs, but are part of a long sought agenda by the nation’s biggest polluters. But should we really be surprised? Speaker Boehner has received more than $1 million in campaign cash from Dirty Coal, Big Oil and other energy interests during his career in Congress.

The Hill has a related story, click here

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