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The Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual event where conservative politicians and activists get together in something akin to a pep rally, has come to an end. The event can be seen as a sort of a bellwether for the pet causes of the movement, and this year conservatives placed a target squarely on the back of the EPA. In fact, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is rumored to be a presidential candidate, doubled down on his call for shutting down and replacing the EPA altogether. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, another likely candidate, told the audience that the White House is "trying to achieve through regulation what it can't pass through legislation," meaning that the EPA's authority should be curbed when it comes to regulating greenhouse gas emissions.
At last year's CPAC, climate change denier Marc Morano attracted a large audience whom he told that climate change represented "a political movement. It is not a scientific movement." He received wild applause.
Gingrich's comments were coupled with his other ideas that will affect the health of the planet. He wants to increase offshore drilling ("Drill, Baby, Drill" was Newt's creation) and remove any regulation on fracking.
It will be curious if other Republican candidates pick up on Gringrich's dirty fuels friendly platform. The winner of CPAC's presidential straw poll was Rep. Ron Paul, who was followed by Mitt Romney. If any of these candidates receive the Republican nomination and choose to adopt Gingrich's ideas, it will be fascinating to see how they explain to the entire electorate that they wish to do away with the agency that safeguards the country's air, water and land. Good luck, guys.
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