US Congress confirms new EPA boss


HUFFPOST GREEN reports July 18:

Gina McCarthy is taking over the EPA with Obama hoping to curb greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants, ambitious goals that pose difficult political and technical challenges. At the same time, Congress is intent on cutting the EPA’s and other agency budgets.

McCarthy’s quarter century in the environmental policy world has included heading the EPA’s air pollution office since 2009. Democrats touted her as a bipartisan advocate of the environment because she has worked in state agencies – including a time under then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, last year’s GOP presidential candidate, whom she advised on ways to reduce pollutants that worsen global warming.

“Gina is a proven leader who knows how to build bipartisan support for common-sense environmental solutions that protect the health and safety of our kids while promoting economic growth,” Obama said.

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