Political windsock Mitt Romney has no opinions of his own about energy, so he's hired a bunch of people to tell him what to think about it, reports Politico. And almost all of those people are former Bush Jr. employees.
Already on board the Romney train are Jim Connaughton, who ran Bush’s White House Council on Environmental Quality for all eight years; former Assistant Energy Secretary Andy Karsner; former EPA air chief Jeff Holmstead; and former EPA congressional affairs liaison Edward Krenik.
Connaughton and Holmstead, especially, have made it their lives' work to cripple the EPA and block its new rules. They've done it from the inside as government officials and from the outside as lobbyists and businessmen, and they know better than anyone else what works when you're trying to tear down America's already kinda lax environmental regulations.
Between now and the primary, things are pretty straightforward, according to one former Bush EPA official:
“The only thing you need to know about environmental issues to get through the Republican primary is that EPA is a job killer.”
Bush energy advisers go to Romney, Politico.
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