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Posted at 1:28 PM ET, 02/10/2011

Newt Gingrich calls for replacing the EPA

By Chris Cillizza

Newt Gingrich photo by Larry Downing from Reuters

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Former House speaker Newt Gingrich called for replacing the Environmental Protection Agency with an "environmental solutions agency" as part of a broader re-assessment of American energy policy in his address to the Conservative Political Action Conference today in Washington.

"It's time we passed an aggressively pro-American energy policy," said Gingrich to a crowded room of conservative activists who greeted his proposals warmly if not with great fervor. "What you have from Obama Administration is a war against American energy."

Gingrich proposed eliminating the EPA, which he described as "top down" and "bureaucratic." He also advocated what he argued was a centrist agenda that includes things like the repeal of President Obama's health care, repeal of the estate tax and a "10th amendment implementation act".

Gingrich, the former speaker of the House who is widely considered to be a candidate for president, was in classic form -- delivering what felt at times like a college lecture weaving together topics as seemingly disparate as the German purchase of the New York Stock Exchange and flexfuel vehicles in Brazil.

Gingrich also dropped a handful of the rhetorical bombs for which he has long been known.

On New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's reaction to the attempted Times Square bombing, Gingrich said: "This would be a psychological problem if it were not a public official."

Gingrich also jabbed President Obama several times during his speech. "Barack Obama is no Ronald Reagan," Gingrich said to huge applause in the room; later he joked that Obama's message on tort reform was clouded because "the TelePrompter wasn't working at that moment."

Gingrich made no mention of his 2012 plans, however.

By Chris Cillizza  | February 10, 2011; 1:28 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2012  | Tags:  CPAC, Newt Gingrich  
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