Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, a potential 2012 presidential contender, will address the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington later today. Gingrich, who was recently slammed by the Wall Street Journal editorial page for his vocal backing of ethanol, will reassert himself on the energy front, talking up his agenda and policy ideas. He will rail against President Obama’s “war on American energy” and voice his support for an “All-American energy plan” that will “aggressively develop all sources of American energy: oil, coal, natural gas, nuclear, solar, and bio-fuels.”
Gingrich will also push to shake up federal agencies, replacing the Environmental Protection Agency with an “Environmental Solutions Agency.” He will dub the EPA a “job-killing, centralizing engine of ideological litigation and regulation that blocks economic progress.”
Gingrich will close with his plan to revitalize oil drilling in America, talking up its economic benefits. We hear that the speech will be extemporaneous, so other subjects are sure to be mentioned, if past Newt orations are any indication.