Michele Bachmann said that if she becomes President, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Education will be shut down.
Calling the EPA the “job-killing agency of America,” Bachmann told tea party supporters in Jacksonville Friday afternoon that if elected President, she plans to shut the agency down.
“I intend to bring back true change, true hope, by repealing the tax code and dramatically cutting spending and I’m going to start with the Environmental Protection Agency,” Bachmann said, eliciting cheers from the audience.
“I am so happy you agree, because I intend to turn out the lights and lock the doors.”
Calling the Department of Education Jimmy Carter’s “payoff to a union,” Bachmann declared that agency would become history asa well in what she called the “mother of all repeal bills,” according to the Florida Independent:
So this is what I would do. I would pass a mother of all repeal bills for education, get rid of all of the unfunded mandates that the federal government puts on our local schools — making it very difficult for schools to be effective. … I would have a very busy day, a very busy day. ‘Cause I first have to make a trip to the EPA and after that, I have to go to the Department of Education because I also have to shut the lights off and lock the doors over there, as well.
Bachmann made her comments at Angie’s Subs, a local Jacksonville Beach sub shop she mistakenly called “Subway.”
The Independent reported that a group of anti-Tea Party activists gathered outside the shop holding signs that read “Save the American dream, no Tea Party,” but noted they were easily outnumbered by Tea Party activists in the packed sandwich shop.
The stop was her first in a swing through the Sunshine State.
On Saturday, she echoed her remarks, calling America “the king daddy dogs” when it comes to energy.
Blaming radical environmentalists for America’s dependence on foreign oil, Bachmann said the United States should not be begging other nations for energy.
“The radical environmentalists have demanded that we lock up all our energy resources,” she said. “President Bachmann will take that key out of the door. I will unlock it.”
She also told attendees at Saturday’s town hall that she would close the EPA down, according to the Huffington Post.
“We will turn out the lights and we’ll lock the doors,” she said to wild applause.
The agency is set to implement policies some say will not only kill thousands of jobs, but could seriously damage the nation’s electrical infrastructure.
An article at the Standard-Examiner notes:
Having a reliable national electrical infrastructure is vital to new job creation.
Yet new EPA regulations will significantly reduce the amount of electricity generated from coal-fired energy flowing from our power grid. The EPA told the public that the agency was working with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to determine the impact of its regulations on the reliability of the nation’s electricity capacity. This was to include a joint modeling effort.
Floyd and Mary Beth Brown write at the Standard-Examiner that the regulations being advanced by the EPA “are part of a wider program to “curb man made climate change” or global warming. But the science behind this believed threat to the planet’s existence keeps melting away under scrutiny.”
In July, the agency pushed regulations on 26 states that promises higher electrical energy costs and cost billions of dollars to implement.
In June, an article at U.S. News and World Report said that new EPA regulations would kill thousands of jobs while causing electrical rates to skyrocket – as Obama promised during the 2008 campaign:
Two new EPA pollution regulations will slam the coal industry so hard that hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost, and electric rates will skyrocket 11 percent to over 23 percent, according to a new study based on government data.
Overall, the rules aimed at making the air cleaner could cost the coal-fired power plant industry $180 billion, warns a trade group.
“Many of these severe impacts would hit families living in states already facing serious economic challenges,” said Steve Miller, president of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. “Because of these impacts, EPA should make major changes to the proposed regulations before they are finalized,” he said.
If Obama wins re-election, the agency will continue to push regulations that will ensure more job losses and higher energy costs.
Bachmann will wrap up her Florida tour with a GOP rally in Sarasota on Sunday.
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