As part of the deal reached in the Senate to prevent changing the rules for attaining cloture and the ability of the minority to filibuster, a number of President Obama’s nominees for various executive offices were confirmed last week. One of those is Gina McCarthy.
On Thursday the Senate voted 61-39 to confirm McCarthy as the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As you may recall, a group of senators marched out of the Environment and Public Works committee hearing on her confirmation, in an effort to block her confirmation and to protest the very existence of the EPA. Her confirmation finally gives the EPA an executive who can oversee the agency, which will be primarily responsible for implementing the President’s new climate change effort.
President Obama’s proposal includes limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants, the completion of overdue emissions standards for new power plants, support for energy efficiency programs, and implementation of strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change. Such programs will help ensure that those who are least responsible for climate change and who remain most vulnerable to its effects receive assistance to lessen its impact on their lives. McCarthy will be responsible for carrying out this illustrious goal. Here’s to hoping that we’ll finally start to see the implementation of world-saving policies that we so desperately need.
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