NWF: EPA Nominee a Strong Advocate for America's Conservation Heritage

President Obama nominates Gina McCarthy as head of EPA

03-04-2013 // Miles Grant
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President Barack Obama will reportedly nominate Gina McCarthy to serve as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. McCarthy is currently Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation.

Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, said today:

Gina McCarthy has decades of experience working across party lines with officials at the local, state and federal levels to protect our air, water, wildlife, public health and the jobs that depend on them. Whether as serving as Mitt Romney’s top environmental advisor or as the key broker of a historic agreement between unions, industry, states and environmental groups to boost fuel economy, Gina McCarthy has proven herself to be fair and pragmatic while determined to carry out her responsibilities under the law.

“Gina McCarthy is a passionate advocate for reconnecting children with nature and outdoor education. As Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Quality in 2006, McCarthy launched the successful ‘No Child Left Inside’ program that continues to get thousands of kids and families outside today.

“The Environmental Protection Agency will need her leadership as it continues working to confront the climate crisis. President Obama has made clear that he prefers to work with Congress to find bipartisan compromise on climate action. In the face of continued failure by Congress to meaningfully act on climate change, it’s essential that the Environmental Protection Agency continue to use Clean Air Act authority to limit industrial carbon pollution.”

The climate crisis is the single biggest threat to wildlife this century, according to a new National Wildlife Federation report, Wildlife in a Warming World