American Solutions, Gingrich's 527 group, has been calling for an end to the EPA for some time now. According to the group's website:
Since its founding 40 years ago, the EPA has transformed from an agency with the original noble mission of protecting the environment into a job-killing, centralizing engine of ideological litigation and regulation that blocks economic progress.
As USA Today reported a while back, recent polls demonstrate that voters actually want the EPA to do more, not less. A Natural Resources Defense Council/Opinion Research Corporation International poll asked more than 1,000 Americans to weigh in on Gingrich's plan to get rid of the EPA. Here's what they had to say:
- 67% of Americans oppose abolishing the EPA
- So do 61% of Republicans