3 Things To Know About Obama’s Pick for EPA Chief

Since Lisa Jackson announced that she would resign her post as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, environmental advocates have anxiously awaited news of who would take her place. On Monday, the suspense came to an end as President Barack Obama announced his official nomination: Gina McCarthy, the assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation and a known champion for public health.

While Jackson tried her best during a time of unprecedented obstruction, many were disappointed with her overall accomplishments as EPA chief. Few of us will ever forget her brazen testimony to Congress that “there’s no proof fracking is dangerous.” Those who place a priority on environmental health and resource conservation have plenty of reason to believe that McCarthy will be a more productive leader.

Wondering about McCarthy’s pedigree and why enviros are so excited to see her head up the EPA? Here are three things you should know:

1. She’s got experience. McCarthy previously served as the assistant administrator of the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. The office develops policies and regulations for limiting air pollution and radiation exposure. In this position, McCarthy helped implement new or improved national standards for pollutants such as mercury, sulfur and nitrogen oxide emissions, and soot, and she oversaw the first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants.

2. She knows how to work with Republicans. McCarthy served as an environmental policy adviser to Governor Mitt Romney in Massachusetts, and she helped launch the state’s Climate Protection Action Plan. Starting in 2004, she was head of Connecticut’s Department of Environmental Protection under Governor Jodi Rell, where she coordinated the state’s involvement in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a regional program to limit global warming pollution from power plants. “McCarthy’s stellar work under two Republican governors as well as her excellent work over the past four years at the EPA is proof that when it comes to protecting our health and environment, it isn’t about who you work for or what party you represent,” said Margie Alt, executive director for Environment America. “It’s about whether you can get the job done. And Gina McCarthy can get the job done.”

3. She likes science. “Many environmentalists see her pragmatism and reliance on a science-based standard as a good way to broker potential deals with those that oppose the EPA’s agenda,” writes Morgana Matus for Inhabitat. “Delivering speeches without a prompter and with a sharp sense of humor, McCarthy has been known to win over skeptics with her blunt, personable style.” She’s also got a lot of experience dealing with industry, especially those prone to big pollution, putting her in a unique position to demonstrate that the arguments for economic security and environmental protection are really two sides of the same coin.

There are no immediate signs of an industry-backed groundswell to derail McCarthy’s confirmation. Leading advocates for the petroleum, mining and coal-fired power industries issued restrained statements either congratulating her or praising her for working with them on past regulations, reports Politico.


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Official EPA portrait via Wikimedia Commons


Walter Botteldoorne



Benoeming McCarthy's is een enorme overwinning voor de miljoenen Amerikanen die willen de EPA aan koolstof vervuiling snijden - de grootste bron van de lucht toxines. McCarthy heeft een jarenlange ervaring met de EPA en een bewezen track record van tweeledige leiderschap, dus hoop is hoog ze zal inluiden in een tijdperk van zowel de samenwerking en milieu en gezondheid.

Josephine S.
Josephine Smyth4 years ago


How much proof do you need before you demand that this stops?
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Stanley R.
Stanley R4 years ago

Working well with Repugliscums could mean she sells out on environment protections which the chief GOP agenda; denying fracking is dangerous is another minus for her.She is one tough cookie and Obama was cleaver to choose her to get the job done despite her obvious opinions.

Kelly Rogers
Kelly Rogers4 years ago

She must be pretty good if she can communicate with Romney after being picked from a binder

christine robertson

Good Luck!

Edgar Zuim
Edgar Zuim4 years ago


Cynthia Blais
cynthia l4 years ago

as long as she protects the enviroment

Ro H.
Ro H4 years ago


Nikhil D
Nikhil Dutta4 years ago

Looking forward to this tenure

Claudine Beck
/claudine /beckj4 years ago

It will concern me if there is no opposition. Something "stinks".