Gingrich: Let's Scrap the EPA
He's no fan of the 'tool of ideologues'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2011 10:48 AM CST
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during a news conference in Atlanta on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, where he discussed health care legislation.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

(Newser) – The EPA is "a tool of ideologues to push an anti-jobs agenda" and it should be replaced, Newt Gingrich writes on his website. The potential 2012 presidential candidate called yesterday for scrapping the Environmental Protection Agency and creating a new agency that would streamline environmental regulations, with the goal of keeping the environment clean while also keeping US businesses competitive. The statement appears to be one of the first policy offerings from a potential GOP presidential candidate, the Wall Street Journal notes.