Claiming that she will be “the new sheriff” in Washington D.C., presidential-hopeful Michele Bachmann once again set her sites on the Environmental Protection Agency.
Finding that completely abolishing the EPA, as she promised to do in June, might be a difficult goal to achieve, Bachmann has announced a clever new tactic:
“I guarantee you the EPA will have doors locked and lights turned off and they will only be about conservation,” she said on Saturday at a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids (Des Moines Register).
Pledging that she is a “doer” and “not a talker,” Bachmann told crowds on the campaign trail that the EPA should be renamed ”the job killing organization of America.”
Bachmann seems to have forgotten that enforcing regulations on clean air and water also creates jobs, not to mention making it much easier to survive on this struggling planet.
“The EPA is a convenient bogey man for Republican leaders when it comes to their messaging on jobs,” writes Stephen Lacey of Climate Progress. “But what they don’t mention is that new regulations will be phased in over a three-year period of time, giving most power companies enough time to meet standards. This has nothing to do with today’s economic issues. And over the next five years, the number of jobs created through retrofitting power plants with pollution controls could be in the tens of thousands, with virtually no impact on nationwide rates, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration projections.”
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