"Tea Party's Congressional Allies Diverge on How to Gut EPA"

"Buoyed by big victories, including the recent extension of George W. Bush-era tax cuts and President Obama's call for a cut in corporate taxes, tea party leaders are still working to align their ambitious rhetoric with direct actions to rein in U.S. EPA.

The conservative movement has lined up behind one argument about the agency: Its regulatory reach under Obama threatens the economy and robs Congress of its rightful oversight and lawmaking powers. However, tea party favorites on and off Capitol Hill have taken different approaches to EPA's future in recent weeks, from bills that would specifically revoke its power over greenhouse gas emissions to a call by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) to shutter the agency and replace it with a business-friendly 'Environmental Solutions Agency.'"

Elana Schor And Sarah Abruzzese report for Greenwire February 10, 2011.

Friday, February 11, 2011