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The Sciences

The Mystery of Newt Gingrich

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyFebruary 3, 2011 12:43 AM


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How does a guy who claims to love science and the environment wind up calling for dismantling the EPA? That's the topic I tackle in the latest post at DeSmogBlog: might think of the call to abolish the EPA as a kind of curious love child of Gingrich the environmental policy wonk and Gingrich the aspiring candidate. Nevertheless, the whole enterprise founders not only on the popularity of environmental protections, but the basic fact that, guess what, environmental regulations are already economically efficient. According to a recent Office of Management and Budget analysis, notes Columbia University Earth Institute director Steven Cohen, “EPA issued 30 major regulations from 1999 to 2009 at an estimated cost of $25.8 billion to $29.2 billion against estimated benefits ranging from $81.9 billion to $533 billion.” Those are returns any investor would kill for.

You can read the full post here. Update: NRDC polling supports the overwhelming popularity of the EPA.

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