Republican leaders in the House have been waging war against the EPA, pushing for deep cuts to its budget and trying to stop the EPA from setting limits on global warming pollution. Some GOP leaders???including likely presidential candidate Newt Gingrich???have even gone as far as calling for the complete abolition of the EPA.
But the EPA just got something of an unlikely defender???Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), who scored only 10% in LCV's National Environmental Scorecard, praised the EPA and came out against abolishing the agency.
In an interview with Think Progress, Rep. Barton said that some EPA regulations are warranted since "[t]here are some issues that cross state boundaries." Rep. Barton also said point-blank that "I'm not one that wants to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency" because "[w]e need safe drinking water and clean air."
Rep. Barton's defense of the EPA shouldn't be surprising considering the EPA's crucial work and its overall popularity with the American people, and proves that calls for the outright abolition pf the EPA are beyond extreme.