‘EPA Will Get an Attitude Adjustment,’ Says Herman Cain

By Penny Starr | October 31, 2011 | 1:48 PM EDT

Former Godfather's Pizza CEO and GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain said at the American Enterprise Institute on Oct. 31, 2011 that sound energy policy was critical for economic and national security. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – The regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are the “biggest barrier” to developing domestic energy resources and the agency “will get an attitude adjustment” under a Cain administration, said GOP presidential contender Herman Cain at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. on Monday.

Cain spoke at the Institute about his 9-9-9 tax plan and also discussed energy issues, stating that his campaign would soon be releasing his policy plan on U.S. energy needs.

“The biggest barrier is the regulatory environment and we’re going to attack that head on,” said Cain, adding that, “In a Cain administration, the EPA will get an attitude adjustment.”

“It’ll begin by recognizing that we do, in fact, have enough natural resources to become energy independent,” he said. “We want to maximize our oil, our coal, our natural gas, or shale oil. We maximize those natural resources -- and as you know, new resources have been discovered – we can become energy independent.”

Cain also said his campaign has not yet determined what specific regulatory changes his administration would seek, but he noted that sound energy policy is essential for improving the economy and protecting Americans.

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“Energy independence is not only an economic imperative, it is a national security imperative, which is why we have energy right up there as a core, critical, number one  issue that I’m going to work on Day Two after I’m sworn in,” Cain said.

He then added, “Day One, I’m going to take a nap.”