Oct
25
2011

Hermain Cain's Positions and Statements

In November 2011, The Cain Campaign Produced A Television Ad Taking Aim At EPA Regulations And Specifically Pointing To Potential Dust Regulations.

“Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain is taking aim at the U.S. EPA in his newest campaign ad, which features Iowa farmers criticizing dust regulations. The video, posted to Cain’s YouTube channel on Nov. 5, features former Iowa Farm Bureau President Dean Kleckner and several unidentified individuals in various farm settings. Near the start of the nearly two-minute video, one of the unidentified men raises the specter of dust regulations as images of a dusty field are shown, stating: “The EPA wants to regulate dust on farmers. You can’t plow a field without dust. You can’t drive down a gravel road without dust. My dog makes dust!” (Jennifer Yachnin, “Cain Ad Blasts EPA Farm-Dust Regs,” E&E News PM, 11/9/11)

“According To The Des Moines Register, A 60-Second Version Of The Ad Is Beginning To Air On Iowa TV Stations.”

(Jennifer Yachnin, “Cain Ad Blasts EPA Farm-Dust Regs,” E&E News PM, 11/9/11)


Cain Called For Giving The EPA An “Attitude Adjustment,” Saying The United States Could Be Energy Independent But The Regulatory Environment Is Hampering Those Efforts.

Quote: CAIN: It’ll begin with recognizing that we do, in fact, have enough natural resources to become energy independent. We want to maximize our ore, our coal, our natural gas, our shale ore. We maximize those resources — and as you know, new resources have been discovered — we can become energy independent. So we will structure it where all of those alternatives will be encouraged to be developed by removing the barriers that are stopping that development right now. The biggest barrier is the regulatory environment, and we’re going to attack that head on. The specific regulatory changes that we’re going to have to make in order to be able to explore these resources responsibly, we don’t have all of those identified yet. But we know that it starts with the EPA. And in the Cain administration, the EPA will get an attitude adjustment.”

(The American Enterprise Institute For Public Policy Research, Transcript, 10/31/11)


Set to Unveil Energy Plan That Would Give EPA An “Attitude Adjustment.”

Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute on October 31, 2011, Cain said his energy plan will focus on rolling back regulations and expanding domestic production of oil, coal and natural gas.

Quote: “The biggest barrier is the regulatory environment, and we’re going to attack that head on…We know that it starts with the EPA. And in the Cain administration, the EPA will get an attitude adjustment.”

Quote: “We want to maximize our ore, our coal, our natural gas, our shale ore. We maximize those resources – and as you know, new resources have been discovered – we can become energy independent. So we will structure it where all of those alternatives will be encouraged to be developed by removing the barriers that are stopping that development right now.”

(Andrew Restuccia, “Cain’s Energy Plan: ‘Attitude Adjustment’ for EPA,” The Hill, E2Wire, 10/31/11)


Would Use A “Regulatory Reduction Commission” To Clear Away The Regulatory Hurdles Imposed By EPA.

Quote: “I would put together a regulatory reduction commission for every agency starting with the EPA. This regulatory reduction commission — one of my guiding principles is if you want to solve a problem go to the source closest to the problem. So the people that I would appoint to that commission will be people who have been abused by the EPA. That would be the commission that would straighten out the regulatory burden.”

(“2011 CNN Tea Party GOP Debate: Energy Roundup,” 10/12/11)


Said Excessive Regulations Have Driven Up The Price Of Goods And Services We Need.

Quote: “The federal government has amassed incredible amounts of control through its ability to regulate everything from emissions to food to businesses. Certainly, some regulation is necessary to protect American consumers and taxpayers, but excessive regulation has driven up the price of the goods and services we want, need and desire.”

(Herman Cain For President, http://www.hermancain.com/the-issues, Accessed 10/7/11)


Called For Eliminating “Out Of Control” Regulations From The EPA, And Start Over, Rebuilding A Responsible EPA.

Quote: “The first — the first department, if I were forced to eliminate a department, I would start with the EPA and start all over. It’s out of control. Now, I know that makes some people nervous, but the EPA has gone wild. The fact that they have a regulation that goes into effect January 1, 2012, to regulate dust says that they’ve gone too far. . . . So rather than try to fix it, eliminate all of the things that they have right now and then start rebuilding a responsible EPA.”

(“Republican Presidential Candidates Participate In Fox News-Google GOP Presidential Debate,” 9/22/11)