Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement after President Barack Obama announced that he will nominate Gina McCarthy as the new EPA administrator.
“By nominating Gina McCarthy to replace Lisa Jackson, the President is making it clear that he wants to continue pursuing an aggressive climate agenda at EPA. As head of the Air office, McCarthy oversaw some of the agency’s most costly and controversial rules, like the Utility MACT. That said, as we approach her confirmation process in the Senate, I look forward to sitting down and talking with her to find common ground as I did with Lisa Jackson. As Ranking Member of the EPW Oversight Subcommittee, my priority is to ensure that EPA follows sound science and accurate cost-benefit analysis to ensure government’s encroachment into entrepreneurship and American ingenuity is instructed by facts, and not political gamesmanship. This will be among the key issues I aim to address with McCarthy and an area I hope we can reach agreement on.”
Below is video from 2009, when McCarthy had been nominated as an assistant administrator: