New U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said in an interview with the New York Times the agency is not waging a war on coal.
“We don’t have a war on coal,” McCarthy told the Times. “We’re doing our business, which is to reduce pollution. We’re following the law.”
McCarthy told the Times in the interview, however, that President Barack Obama told her he his environmental and presidential legacy would be incomplete without a serious effort to address climate change.
“I’m so glad he said that, because if he hadn’t, I wouldn’t have wanted this job,” she told the Times. “It’s an issue I’ve worked on for so many years, and it just can’t wait.”
McCarthy was confirmed as the administrator of the EPA earlier this month after the vote in the U.S. Senate was delayed for 136 days.
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