In a recent interview, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a friend of Florida Gov. Rick Scott and a likely GOP presidential candidate, says that he prays for the president to “ask that his EPA back down these regulations that are causing businesses to hesitate to spend money.”
From CBN News:
Frankly I pray for the president every day. I pray for his wisdom, I pray that God will open his eyes. I wish this president would turn back the health care law that’s been passed, ask that his EPA back down these regulations that are causing businesses to hesitate to spend money.
Several Florida lawmakers would also like for the EPA to roll back regulations, as is evident in recent proceedings around the state. The EPA has been painted as a job and business killer.
Many environmentalists and citizen groups argue that EPA regulations of water, air, and emissions could potentially lead to a better economic climate. Industries (especially in Florida) like tourism, real estate, and fishing all benefit from a clean environment.
Last February, Perry sued the EPA over its decision to regulate greenhouse gas emissions as a pollutant. Recently, he put his faith under a national spotlight with The Response, a large-scale prayer event that caused a stir in Texas and across the country.