Republican compares EPA chief’s departure to Gadhafi’s fall

An outspoken GOP critic of the Environmental Protection Agency sees a parallel between the pending departure of EPA chief Lisa Jackson and the toppling of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) said the change of leadership at the EPA might not be for the better.

“I don’t want a repeat of what happened in Libya when we helped topple [Moammar] Gadhafi and then we wound up having al-Qaeda,” McKinley told Environment & Energy Daily.

Asked to clarify, McKinley said, “I’m saying sometimes the known is better than unknown. Let’s make sure that we have the right person [at EPA]. And let’s see whether we want to go to the mat against them; maybe it’s someone we can work with.”

A spokesman told The Hill Friday that McKinley wasn’t directly comparing EPA to Libya.

Read more at The Hill. By Ben German.

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