Senate Confirms Gina McCarthy as Administrator of EPA

The Senate finally confirmed Gina McCarthy as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency yesterday, following 136 days of delay, during which McCarthy fielded over one thousand questions from Congressional Republicans.

McCarthy’s resume is impressive. She has previously served as the EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, and environmental advisor for five Massachusetts governors.

Throughout her years of public service, McCarthy has established herself as a champion of clean air and water standards, leading the fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect public health.

“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," said President Obama.

McCarthy’s confirmation comes at a pivotal time. President Obama has made it clear that he takes climate change very seriously, as exemplified by his ambitious Climate Action Plan. The bulk of his plan will not require Congressional approval. Instead, McCarthy and the EPA will be largely responsible for implementing the plan. Most importantly, she will lead the effort to limit carbon emissions from power plants in an attempt to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.

Implementing Obama’s Climate Action Plan will not be easy, but the President could not have chosen a better person to lead the way. Earth Day Network applauds the Senate’s decision to confirm Gina McCarthy and looks forward to working with her in the coming months.