The Daily Caller recently interviewed multiple 2024 Republican presidential candidates, asking whether or not they would defund the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and repeal President Joe Biden’s signature climate law if elected.

“Gas prices are rising, power plants are closing and regulations are impacting internal combustion engine vehicles and appliances like water heaters. Along with slashing the EPA and repealing the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), many GOP hopefuls also pledged to withdraw from the United Nations Paris Climate Agreement if they secure the White House in 2024,” the Daily Caller reported.

Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson told the Daily Caller, “any aspect of the IRA that is detrimental to economic growth adds unnecessary regulations, restricts energy production, exacerbates inflation, or does not align with our vision of a prosperous America would be reversed or repealed. As president, I will evaluate the IRA meticulously and make decisions that are in the best interest of the American people.”

Hutchinson also bashed the IRA, one of the flagship policies of the Biden administration, as being an example of “out-of-control spending,” which he opposed. However, Hutchinson said that it would be impossible to entirely repeal the legislation but promised to review any provisions that “hinder economic growth,” the Caller reported. 

Hutchinson also said he would withdraw from the Paris Accords if elected and said that the EPA as it stands “would be a thing of the past,” as it imposes far too many regulations on businesses and American citizens alike. 

A spokesperson for former Vice President Mike Pence said he would “immediately” withdraw from the Paris Accords. Advancing American Freedom, a nonprofit founded by Pence, supports repealing the IRA due to the provisions related to electric vehicles (EVs).”

“Joe Biden’s two-year war on domestic energy production has come at a terrific cost to our nation: families and small businesses are struggling to afford increased fuel and energy prices and keep up with persistent inflation and higher costs,“ Pence said in a statement that came with the unveiling of his energy plan. “On day one of my administration, we will set about reversing course to return America to the energy independent nation and global energy supplier it was when I served as Vice President.”

Nikki Haley, the former ambassador to the U.N., would also withdraw from the Paris Accords and “would repeal the IRA’s green energy subsidies that could cost American taxpayers as much as $1.2 trillion,” 

Haley’s energy policy agenda was revealed on June 8 when she visited an oil rig in Texas. She promised to increase American energy production and ensure that the EPA doesn’t hinder new projects. 

“We’re going to stop controlling where they produce and how much they produce. We’re going to pull back those greenhouse subsidies and all of those green deals that Biden has put in place,” Haley told Newsmax following her policy rollout. “We’re going to make sure that we speed up the permitting so that we can get more pipelines in the mix. And more than that, always remember, a strong foreign policy is a connection to a strong energy policy.”

Doug Burgum, the governor of North Dakota, has made energy one of the pillars of his campaign, as well as economy and national security issues. He frequently argues that the way to approach energy policy in America is with “innovation over regulation.”

“Governor Burgum believes the Biden Administration has weaponized the EPA, and he has pushed back against EPA overreach as governor. By pushing to shutdown energy production through regulation, red tape and increased costs it seems as if Joe Biden’s energy plan is being written by China,” Lance Trover, spokesman for Burgum’s campaign, told the Caller. 


“Governor Burgum will cut red tape, prioritize innovation over regulation, improve permitting reform, expand energy production and support technology that allows America to produce energy that is cleaner, safer and cheaper than anywhere else in the world,” he said.

Larry Elder, a conservative radio personality based out of California, would “heavily defund the EPA” and withdraw from the Paris Accords. Elder also slammed Biden for bringing America back into the Paris Accords, which he did in his first month in office after former President Donald Trump pulled out of it, claiming it was “another scheme to redistribute wealth out of the United States.” 

Elder also stated that the IRA is an overreach of executive power, and that some of its parts should be “revisited,” such as voluntary carbon reductions. “I would use the bully pulpit to educate Americans on the downsides of the Democrats green agenda,” he told the Caller. “I would also rely heavily on executive orders. Many so-called ‘green’ initiatives have been created via executive order, and they can be reversed the same way.”

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott’s administration would also withdraw from the Paris Accords. Scott has been highly critical of both the EPA and the IRA, but a spokesperson for the senator did not say what actions he would take against either if elected president.

Scott represents the only GOP presidential candidate who has been able to take a vote on Biden’s policies, voting against the IRA and blaming Democrats for trying to “spend their way out of … inflation,” according to the Aiken Standard.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis intends to address these topics in an upcoming policy rollout, a spokesperson told the Daily Caller. However, DeSantis said at a June campaign event in Texas that fast-tracking the Keystone XL pipeline is a “no-brainer,” adding that his administration would “open up all the oil and gas in the United States for development because it’s important.”

DeSantis also said that, in terms of domestic energy production, “the bureaucrats have to stop holding this country up.” He called the Biden administration’s energy agenda and goals “absurd.”

Trump didn’t respond to the Caller’s request for comment, but he had previously pledged during his first term to cut billions in funding from the EPA’s budget, and eliminated nearly 100 regulations from the agency. 

“I will cancel Biden’s destructive Green New Deal … it’s an insane thing. I’m for the environment, I want clean water, crystal clean, I want beautiful, clean air. But what they’re doing to this country is incredible,” Trump said Aug. 5 during a speech in Columbia, South Carolina.

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