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Is there an emerging Republican backlash against the green revolution and the agency that is supposed to monitor it? If you take Newt Gingrich and congressional members at their word and actions, the answer is yes.

With quick dispatch, California Republican Rep. Dan Lungren ended former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's composting program in Washington that was part of her "Green the Capitol" initiative, according to Fox News.

Lungren said the program, which replaced Styrofoam and plastic materials in House eateries with biodegradable alternatives, was too expensive. He says he's reviewing other green programs as well.

While that might seem like a minor move, in the light of Gingrich's remarks about the Environmental Protection Agency, it could be the precursor to bigger changes coming to Capitol Hill.

The former House Speaker and possible 2012 presidential candidate said, according to Politico, that the Environmental Protection Agency, which is filled with bureaucrats too eager to litigate or regulate, should be abolished and replaced with a new "Environmental Solutions Agency."

In an address at the Renewable Fuels Summit in Iowa, Gingrich said it "would encourage innovation, incentivize success and emphasize sound science and new technology over bureaucracy, regulation, litigation and restrictions on American energy."

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  • Farnsworth 2011/01/26 22:04:35
    Yes
    Farnsworth
    +12
    The states should be policing there own, especially now since Obama is going around congress and use regulation as his dictatorial arm.

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  • Leantom... COMALite J 2011/01/27 04:08:56
    Leantom, the Economic Rationalist
    You're correct. A lot of Alaska's oil industries are subsidized by the government, too, so I think that's why so much capital goes to Alaskan citizens.

    It's also worthy to mention, however, that your numbers are a little old. Since the Bush TARP bailout, additional bank bailouts, etc. the numbers may have changed somewhat. I also think that a lot of the money goes towards constructing infrastructure in southern states (they lag behind the northeast in development). There are also many very, very poor urban areas down south, especially in W. Mississippi, Louisiana, etc.
  • COMALite J Leantom... 2011/01/27 04:43:46
    COMALite J
    +1
    True, but those were the most recent I had a chart for.

    I live in the South. I know how far we lag behind in infrastructure.
  • Bureauc... Liberal... 2011/01/27 05:01:51
    Bureauc 0Bamao
    +1
    ''start analyzing things out by your own common sense and reason.''

    This is advice from someone who Idolizes Che the murderer. Okie dokie.
  • Radlad Liberal... 2011/01/31 21:39:03
    Radlad
    Read the constitution. The federal government is not responsible for providing those. Eisenhower got around building highways by considering the interstate system to be part of or for national defense. All these things you say the federal government "supplies" us with is not the federal governments responsibility. If not for the central government sticking its nose in where the constitution does not allow it to. Our taxes would not be so high there would be no federal debt or deficits we would be freer and happier and we the people would be providing for ourselves........

    That's good commie thinking. I understand now why you use that picture of an mass murdering communist icon. The government IS the people. Sadly that's probably the case but the way it is suppose to be is a government of the people, by the people, for the people.
  • COMALite J Farnsworth 2011/01/26 23:58:16
    COMALite J
    +1
    And as soon as we can teach the wind and rivers and groundwater to respect state borders, that just might work!
  • Leantom... Farnsworth 2011/01/27 03:38:35
    Leantom, the Economic Rationalist
    +1
    They're using the bureaucracy to force all this statist crap on us.

    It's time to either end the bureaucracy or require that any legislation approved by bureaus is passed through both houses.
  • Arty Farnsworth 2011/01/27 13:35:00
  • Farnsworth Arty 2011/01/27 14:02:11
    Farnsworth
    +1
    LOL....nice contribution to the conversation.

    Run along, adults are talking
  • LORROL Farnsworth 2011/01/27 19:10:24
    LORROL
    +1
    How would all the states along the Mississippi and the Great Lakes control what the states up stream from them do to the water that runs into their state?
  • Farnsworth LORROL 2011/01/27 19:44:31
    Farnsworth
    excellent point....
  • Lanikai 2011/01/26 22:03:28
    Yes
    Lanikai
    +7
    And the DOE, and AMtrack, and Postal. Then the FDA, CDC and NIH. Some of those only cater to freign interests anyway, or track foreign diseases at our expense. So, dump them all and FIRE all of their people, FIRE them no severance, benefits, no retirement-FIRED just like so many Americans.
  • NPC Lanikai 2011/01/26 22:19:57
    NPC
    +5
    OStupid put on a very good dog and pony show speech in last night's State of the Union.
    Cuts are about to happen and he has a choice to participate before we vote his dumbass out in 2012.
    I believe we will have standoff and more disaster with this fool. He is a one termer and should never have been elected. Besides, as long as he campaigns, he does not have to govern !
  • Lanikai NPC 2011/01/26 22:36:11
    Lanikai
    +2
    excellent points
  • KR811 NPC 2011/01/27 04:11:08
    KR811
    Once you you vote him out, how is the next president gonna be any different?
  • NPC 2011/01/26 22:02:35 (edited)
    Yes
    NPC
    +6
    The EPA is costing Americans jobs. This is one agency that should be eliiminated all together.
  • Pat 2011/01/26 22:02:07
    Yes
    Pat
    +7
    I want a lot of the agencies axed not just the EPA.
  • NPC Pat 2011/01/26 22:05:01
    NPC
    +4
    "Investing" is all that OStupid wants. I think that the voters are now educated and cannot wait for the House to start cutting this out of control WH and Federal Gov't. The voters are not interested in anything now but JOBS and the screwed up ECONOMY.
  • poppaw38 NPC 2011/01/26 23:01:29
    poppaw38
    +3
    Investing?, Printing More Counterfeit Money !, We The people Have Heard This Same Lip Service
    Before" Investing. Education; Bi-Partison Action, Jobs, Infrastructure, YADA,YADA.YADA...
    His State Of The Union Speach,Last Night Was NOT,A state of the union address!!.
    It Was Purely A Political Speach, to gather support for the 2012 Election . Purely for the People
    Who put him in office NOW,But I Hope They Have learned from these Two (2)Years, And they do not make the same mistake again, AND get off this kick Voting for Seconed Terms for president.
    See What Clinton And "W'Bush,Done to U.S., Voteing The Same person To a Seconed Term,
    IS NOT The answer to our Problems, It is An OPEN DOOR for Further Maximized Efforts Too repeat the same Action And Mistakes, That is why our founding Fathers Allowed Us Four(4) year Term limits...So in 2012 I Encourage everyone to Your Rights, Under the CONSTITUTION.TOO VOTE Your conseinse, And Vote !..for someone who will correct our problems,Not Continue His
    AGENDA...OBAMA..NO !..
  • overhead440 2011/01/26 22:00:35
    Yes
    overhead440
    +6
    It`s time these radical fools get tossed out on their cans... They`ve caused much more harm than good in so many of the actions taken against the USA, citizens and corporations... I probably wouldn`t feel this way had they used a senseable approach rather than extreme ones... They have overeached in every aspect that they could dream of and laughed at us all the way to a ruined economy and have only to do more damage... This dept eliminated would be a great budget cut...
  • NPC overhea... 2011/01/26 22:05:52
    NPC
    +7
    The EPA is a large part of the problem with out current Liberal and Public sector disaster.
  • overhea... NPC 2011/01/26 22:16:01
    overhead440
    +4
    It was over run with radicals who used it very incorrectly to cause damage and boy did they...
  • Don 2011/01/26 21:59:46
    Yes
    Don
    +9
    Newt is right on the money.
    The EPA has become so infested with "green weenies" that it needs to be disbanded and start over with some people that will weight the economy, jobs, and a little common sense before they start running around like chicken little.
  • NPC Don 2011/01/26 22:06:37
    NPC
    +4
    Regulation ain't the way to do any business. We are in trouble because this stupid EPA.
  • rasputan 2011/01/26 21:58:05
    Yes
    rasputan
    +6
    Pack it and all its employess up and give it to China. Along with the SEIU.
  • NPC rasputan 2011/01/26 22:07:18
    NPC
    +3
    I really hope that limited government is about to take hold in our country ?
  • AM R 2011/01/26 21:57:32
    Yes
    AM R
    +7
    I have time and time again posted it I've,listed thousands of reasons why and just how powerful they are.Make NO mistake they are by far the single biggest reason for businesses(jobs) leaving America! The draconian regulations ,fines imposed on not just businesses but cities and towns have made everything impossible to be cost effective.
  • NPC AM R 2011/01/26 22:12:01
    NPC
    +2
    Our own government has been infiltated by progressive envirnonmentalists or mental cases. This org is not conduscive to anything that would even resembel helping to improve our curretn negative Economy. This type of agency does not need any more tree huggers or persons that hate Chemical and Oil Corporations. The Energy business is one of the only profitabel things going on now.
  • morris44 AM R 2011/01/26 22:29:07
    morris44
    +1
    You believe environmental regulation is the single biggest reason U.S. corporations have moved jobs overseas?

    And not the fact that our labor costs say $15/hr and chinese labor costs $.50cents an hour?
  • morris44 2011/01/26 21:55:22
    No
    morris44
    +1
    I believe it is in the best interest of the american people to have a voice that is outside the corporate arena.
  • Lanikai morris44 2011/01/26 22:04:52
    Lanikai
    +3
    They are an unregualted, overfunded, powerful group that can write and enforce laws, and levy taxes and fines without any form of oversight. They answer to no one, and shut down entire industries on a whim, just like blackmailers.
  • morris44 Lanikai 2011/01/26 22:20:11
    morris44
    The epa administrator is appointed by the president and approved by congress. That is oversight and who they answer to.

    The ability for them to levy fines is what gives them authority to drive change. Change that most american's agree with (82%).

    http://www.grist.org/article/...
  • Lanikai morris44 2011/01/26 22:41:33
    Lanikai
    +2
    There is NO way to stop one of their BS shutdowns, check out the valley in california that had to STOP farming on order to protect one minnow. BILLIONS in revenues and hundreds of jobs GONE thanks to the EPA. NO oversight, and unlimited authority.
  • morris44 Lanikai 2011/01/26 22:51:10 (edited)
    morris44
    Of course, most of what I find on the internet for this is propaganda B.S.

    I search and find various sites, all from right-wing blogs etc. that reference similar stories.

    But in each case the location is different (New mexico, Washington, California).

    It is starting to feel like an urban legend.

    Do you have a real news source that I can research on this?

    This article cites the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service not the epa.

    http://online.wsj.com/article...

    And from wiki:
    There have been allegations that this protection has hurt California's agricultural sector, with the devastation of hundreds of thousands of acres of farm land and the loss of tens of thousands of jobs in the Central Valley. Concerns were raised in early 2009[10]. According to Investor's Business Daily, the reduction in water has rendered the Central Valley a wasteland on a par with Zimbabwe.[11] Prior estimates of job losses due to decreased government water deliveries to farmers because of smelt protection were closer to 5,000.[12] An additional 16,000 job losses in the Central Valley were attributed to the drought that had been plaguing California for the previous few years.[12]

    It is starting to sound like typical pro-business propaganda used to build concensus to bring about the dismantling of a...
    Of course, most of what I find on the internet for this is propaganda B.S.

    I search and find various sites, all from right-wing blogs etc. that reference similar stories.

    But in each case the location is different (New mexico, Washington, California).

    It is starting to feel like an urban legend.

    Do you have a real news source that I can research on this?

    This article cites the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service not the epa.

    http://online.wsj.com/article...

    And from wiki:
    There have been allegations that this protection has hurt California's agricultural sector, with the devastation of hundreds of thousands of acres of farm land and the loss of tens of thousands of jobs in the Central Valley. Concerns were raised in early 2009[10]. According to Investor's Business Daily, the reduction in water has rendered the Central Valley a wasteland on a par with Zimbabwe.[11] Prior estimates of job losses due to decreased government water deliveries to farmers because of smelt protection were closer to 5,000.[12] An additional 16,000 job losses in the Central Valley were attributed to the drought that had been plaguing California for the previous few years.[12]

    It is starting to sound like typical pro-business propaganda used to build concensus to bring about the dismantling of anything that may benefit people over business.
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  • Lanikai morris44 2011/01/26 23:12:30
    Lanikai
    +2
    Hanford, Calif., (September 4, 2009) – People might be surprised to learn Congress’s ESA (Endangered Species Act) Laws unfortunately do value fish more than people. The ESA law has been selectively used and abused by environmentalist and politicians as a political sledgehammer to depress economic development in rural America and destroy the equal protection principles, applying to one and all, contained in the Declaration of Independence: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

    In 1978, the Supreme Court ruled, in Tennessee Valley Authority versus Hill, that under Congress’s ESA laws, the Federal Government was compelled to protect the snail darter, a tiny minnow, over the needs of people downstream of Tellico Dam in Tennessee. The Supreme Court ruling confirmed that the intent of Congress’s ESA laws was to preserve listed species “WHATEVER THE COST”. The God squad was asked to intervene but refused to do so. Congress then took action and waived the ESA to allow continued operation of Tellico Dam.

    In 2002 a Federal Court ruled that drinking water originally intended for 500,000 residents of Albuquerque, New Mexico should be diverted to protect the silvery minnow-a listed species under Congress’s ESA laws. Once again the Supreme Court ruled: "In enacting the ESA, CONGR...









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    Hanford, Calif., (September 4, 2009) – People might be surprised to learn Congress’s ESA (Endangered Species Act) Laws unfortunately do value fish more than people. The ESA law has been selectively used and abused by environmentalist and politicians as a political sledgehammer to depress economic development in rural America and destroy the equal protection principles, applying to one and all, contained in the Declaration of Independence: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

    In 1978, the Supreme Court ruled, in Tennessee Valley Authority versus Hill, that under Congress’s ESA laws, the Federal Government was compelled to protect the snail darter, a tiny minnow, over the needs of people downstream of Tellico Dam in Tennessee. The Supreme Court ruling confirmed that the intent of Congress’s ESA laws was to preserve listed species “WHATEVER THE COST”. The God squad was asked to intervene but refused to do so. Congress then took action and waived the ESA to allow continued operation of Tellico Dam.

    In 2002 a Federal Court ruled that drinking water originally intended for 500,000 residents of Albuquerque, New Mexico should be diverted to protect the silvery minnow-a listed species under Congress’s ESA laws. Once again the Supreme Court ruled: "In enacting the ESA, CONGRESS required the Federal Courts to give greater protection to endangered species over human interest." The Federal Court further declared that "The Government’s first duty is to the fish."

    But guess what, rather than letting Albuquerque New Mexico run out of water in 2003 Congress again did the right thing. Congress passed legislation in 2003 suspending enforcement of ESA Laws in order to protect Albuquerque New Mexico’s continued access to water.

    This brings us to the current water crisis in California. The Federal Courts have consistently ruled it was Congress’s intent that even water destined for California farms and California cities should be sent to the ocean to benefit species like the “Delta Smelt.”

    In reviewing the enforcement of the ESA laws for the ”Delta Smelt” the situation is nearly identical to the silvery minnow and the snail darter cases. Why then hasn’t Congress treated the Central Valley of California EQUALLY by temporarily suspending the ESA? Congress did this in 1978 and for New Mexico residents in 2003.

    One Valley Congressman, Devin Nunes, has repeatedly introduced legislation to protect the valley and the United States domestic food supply. Nune’s Legislation is nearly identical to legislation passed into law by Congress to benefit Albuquerque, New Mexico residents. Unfortunately he has been stopped by some of the same politicians who voted for the New Mexico water Legislation in 2003.

    Valley & California Congressional Representatives are not united, as some have voted against Legislation that would solve the valley water crisis. The efforts to restore our water deliveries continue to be blocked by partisan politics in Congress, more surprisingly even by our local valley Congressmen Jim Costa and Dennis Cardoza.

    Our two local Valley Congressional Representatives may deny the charge, but the facts speak for themselves. On July 14, 2009, Congressman Cardoza voted against three different amendments that would have turned on the delta pumps and restore water deliveries to the Central Valley.
    Bay area Congressional Representatives Nancy Pelosi, George Miller, Sam Farr, Mike Honda, and Mike Thompson, all voted for the New Mexico water legislation in 2003. Now in 2009 they have basically declared war against California Central Valley farms and cities by testifying & voting against the Nune’s legislation that would restore our water deliveries.

    Then on July 23, 2009 both Congressman Jim Costa and Dennis Cardoza voted against legislation that would have allowed Congress to immediately consider legislation to turn the delta water pumps on and keep them on. Despite being Co-sponsors of the legislation they voted against the Bill.

    I guess Costa and Cardoza can continue issuing press releases claiming they Co-Sponsored legislation to turn the pumps on. But, will they tell people they voted against the Legislation they Co-sponsored?

    By voting against the Legislation, Costa and Cardoza voted against the best interest of valley residents and have assisted Bay Area politicians who want our water, Nancy Pelosi, George Miller, Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.

    Instead of staying in Washington to solve the water crisis Costa and Cardoza decided to let Valley residents continue to suffer while they went on their summer vacation.
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  • morris44 Lanikai 2011/01/26 23:26:25
    morris44
    An opinion piece from someone with an agenda to promote corporate interests.

    And there is no reference to the epa in it.

    I promotes citizens interest. And citizens prefer not to see species go extinct.
  • morris44 morris44 2011/01/26 22:22:10
    morris44
    Corporate interests want to dismantle the epa because they can then earn a few extra dollars in profit.

    They will not have to spend money following regulations that benefit the health of the american people.
  • ASPEN 2011/01/26 21:55:17
    Yes
    ASPEN
    +7
    the EPA is nothing more than an organization that isn't CONCERNED about the environment. It is about BIG BIG MONEY and CONTROL over the people. The EPA has destroyed the lives of Farmers, Ranchers, The Fishing Industry, the Coal Industry, The Drilling Industry, etc. If one wants a good example of what the EPA has done research the Man Made Drought that has occurred in the Central Valley of CA a.k.a. the San Joaquin Valley. All for the sake of saving the Delta Smelt.



    The EPA Liberal Wackos took the San Joaquin Valley which feeds most of the US from this...


    To this!!!!!!!!!!!
    the EPA is nothing more than an organization that isn't CONCERNED about the environment. It is about BIG BIG MONEY and CONTROL over the people. The EPA has destroyed the lives of Farmers, Ranchers, The Fishing Industry, the Coal Industry, The Drilling Industry, etc. If one wants a good example of what the EPA has done research the Man Made Drought that has occurred in the Central Valley of CA a.k.a. the San Joaquin Valley. All for the sake of saving the Delta Smelt.

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    The EPA Liberal Wackos took the San Joaquin Valley which feeds most of the US from this...
    delta smelt epa liberal wackos san joaquin valley feeds The San Joaquin Valley Man made drought

    To this!!!!!!!!!!!
    delta smelt epa liberal wackos san joaquin valley feeds The San Joaquin dead orchards
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  • NPC ASPEN 2011/01/26 22:12:32
    NPC
    +6
    The EPA is worthless.
  • ASPEN NPC 2011/01/27 19:06:38
    ASPEN
    +1
    Yep. I agree 100% As I have stated in my earlier posts the EPA is not about protecting the environment. For them it's about lining their pockets with Millions of $$$$ with stupid regulations and control over the people. They want to destroy Farming, Ranching, the Fishing Industry, the drilling for Oil off the coast of CA and the Gulf, and the Lumber Industry etc. Once they destroy the economy then they will be able to RULE as a DICTATORSHIP. That's the agenda by the EPA and the Obama Regime.

    industry destroy economy rule dictatorship agenda epa obama regime No EPA
  • JustTheFacts 2011/01/26 21:52:51
    Yes
    JustTheFacts
    +7
    There is no man made global warming, shut er down!

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