Gina McCarthy On President Trump, Clean Power And Scott Pruitt

BY ON February 8, 2017

President Obama’s EPA chief Gina McCarthy standing in front of solar panels

Listen HERE to a broadcast with President Obama’s EPA chief Gina McCarthy. She talks about President Trump’s early moves on the environment.

Here are a few highlights:

“This Administration needs to recognize the people in this country and that EPA’s mission is to protect public health and the environment. It has been a nonpartisan mission for as long as the 46 years that the agency’s been in place…We’re there to deliver clean water, clean air and clean land — how controversial is that?”

“This isn’t just about climate change — this is about mercury in our air, toxics in our water. This is about our health.”

“I am not Normandy, we’re not storming an enemy here. They have to shift from rhetoric to actually governing, and the EPA deserves to be governed.”

“The Clean Power Plan, because of where it is in the court system, it would not be over [if the Trump EPA abandoned the plan]. This Administration would have to re-propose a rule to replace it.”

“Who is gonna disagree with solar and wind? It’s the cheapest energy you can buy today. Why aren’t we embracing it?”

“Where is Pruitt? Who is he listening to? Our Clean Power Plan alone had more than four million comments. There is no EPA that has done more to reach out to the public in the energy world than the past EPA has done. How do you not reach out to the public?”

Photo via Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Facebook 

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TOPICS: Climate Change, EPA, Politics