EPA Chief Gina McCarthy: Turning 2015 Wins into Lasting Climate Action
Last year, the EPA set an ambitious agenda for fighting climate change. Their biggest milestone was the release of the Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut carbon pollution from power plants. This rule, along with other measures, will be crucial in helping the world meet the goals laid out in the Paris climate agreement. Earlier this week, EPA Chief Gina McCarthy outlined how the EPA plans to build on last year’s successes.
As this article in The Hill reports, the EPA plans to finalize rules regarding carbon emissions from heavy-duty vehicles, as well as limiting methane leaks from oil and gas facilities (a timely issue, as California is currently experiencing a massive and highly climate-damaging methane breach). The agency will also work to curb the use of polluting chemicals found in refrigerants. And they will be working with corporations to encourage investments in climate solutions.
In a blog post, McCarthy reminded us that the American public wants the government to act on climate change, and supports the Paris climate agreement. “Americans know climate action is critical – they’re seeing its impacts with their own eyes,” she said. She also expressed confidence that the Clean Power Plan (which also enjoys widespread support) will stand up against challenges in court.
Keeping the momentum going on climate action has never been more important – and we can help the EPA meet their goals by continuing to promote the economic, health, and social benefits of climate action.
By Devin Henry, contributor to The Hill
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Monday that the Obama administration is preparing to roll out and implement new climate rules this year after pushing an aggressive agenda in 2015.
In a blog post on the EPA website, administrator Gina McCarthy said the agency will look in 2016 to help implement the goals of the landmark international climate agreement reached in Paris last month.
The agency will finalize rules this year to cut carbon pollution from heavy-duty vehicles, she wrote, as well as a rule to limit methane leaks from oil and gas operations. The methane rule — which targets a pollutant with 25 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide — is seen as a major step President Obama can take to address climate change in his final year in office.
The EPA will also work with other countries to reduce the use of high-polluting refrigerant chemicals, a push the agency threw its weight behind in November.