"I am surprised and disappointed at the delay in confirming Gina McCarthy as EPA Administrator. She has the broadest real world bipartisan support of any EPA nominee in recent years. EPA has serious issues to address, let’s get on with it."
Stephen Harper Global Director of Environment and Energy Policy at Intel
Meet Gina McCarthy
McCarthy was confirmed by the Senate on a bipartisan basis in 2009 to her role as Assistant
Administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. Prior to her role at the EPA, McCarthy worked as
Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, and as Governor Mitt Romney’s
energy and climate advisor in Massachusetts. Gina McCarthy has served in federal and state government
for over 25 years, and has earned the trust of environmental advocates and industry leaders as a fair
and competent public servant.
I will abide by the highest standards that the law and the science ask me to do.
Gina McCarthy Response to Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) at Senate hearing
Protecting Families from Toxic Air Pollution Like Mercury
The Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS), passed in 2011, sets emission limits for power plants in order to reduce mercury, arsenic and other toxic air pollution emissions.
The MATS rule is expected to prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks and 130,000 asthma attacks every year—and is highly regarded among public health professionals.1
She's a pragmatic policymaker. She has aspirational environmental goals, but she accepts real world economics.
Gloria Berquist Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Vice Presidents
Establishing Historic Carbon Pollution and Fuel Efficiency Standards
EPA’s carbon pollution standards, issued jointly with the Transportation Department’s fuel economy standards, will save American families over $1.7 trillion at the pump—nearly
$8,000 in fuel savings per vehicle.1 The standards will nearly double the fuel economy of new cars and light trucks by 2025 and cut carbon pollution of vehicles in half by 2025, while reducing our reliance on foreign oil imports.2
[The mercury rule] will greatly improve the health of Tennesseans.
Lamar Alexander Republican Senator for Tennessee
A Pragmatic Public Servant
Gina McCarthy has worked closely with environmental advocates and industry leaders, and has earned the trust of both sides of the aisle as a fair and competent public servant.
McCarthy has worked for both Republicans and Democrats in key posts directing environmental and public health policies In fact, Republican and Democratic Senators already easily confirmed
McCarthy by a voice vote during her last confirmation for head of the clean air division of EPA.
[McCarthy] is willing to sit down and listen and understand the issues people have with EPA's regulations.
Jeffrey Holmstead Former Bush-Appointed EPA Assistant Administrator
McCarthy is engaging, effective and willing to listen to the regulated community.
Scott Segal Bracewell & Giuliani lobbyist
She's brutally honest, very fair, humorous, and an incredibly hard worker. She’s not an ideologue. She's a practitioner.
William Becker Head of National Association of Clean Air Agencies
My sense is that Gina is listening, has an open mind, she wants to hear the concerns of the regulated sector.
John McManus American Electric Power Vice President of Environmental Services
Businessmen who have locked horns with the EPA in recent years also said Ms. McCarthy is receptive to their concerns.