“Actually, environmental regulations create more jobs because it drives innovation. There’s more investment from venture capitalists into trying to invent the new technologies which we use here in the United States and then we export around the rest of the world. What’s really going on here is that there’s a contest amongst Republicans as to who can be the most anti-environment. For Republicans, EPA stands for ‘Every Polluter’s Ally.’ And, you know, when Rick Perry says that he wants Texas to be able to secede from the union, he also wants the union to secede from science. Rick Perry and these other guys, they’re allergic to science. And too many of the tea party people, who basically don’t believe in science are now controlling a Republican party that once had a long rich history,” Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) told MSNBC on Thursday night.