Washington, D.C. Today, President Obama nominated EPA Assistant Administrator and air quality expert Gina McCarthy for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator and nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz for U.S. Secretary of Energy.
In response, Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director, issued the following statements:
“We welcome the nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Assistant Administrator McCarthy has a strong record of protecting the health and safety of millions of Americans by limiting dangerous pollution in our air and supporting programs that help get America's kids outside.
“As head of the EPA’s clean air division, Assistant Administrator McCarthy forged bipartisan coalitions to finalize strong clean air safeguards and historic fuel efficiency standards, and as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, she led the state’s "No Child Left Inside" campaign.
“The Sierra Club thanks outgoing EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson for her four years of outstanding service, and we look forward to working with Assistant Administrator McCarthy on critical issues such as prioritizing environmental justice and finalizing additional clean air protections, including carbon pollution standards for new and existing sources and Tier 3 cleaner tailpipe standards.”
“The Sierra Club congratulates Mr. Moniz on his nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Energy. The Department will continue to play a critical role on the decisions that determine how we power our economy and our future.
“In his role as Secretary of Energy, we urge Mr. Moniz to prioritize clean, renewable energy as climate solutions over destructive fossil fuels and boondoggles like liquefied natural gas exports.
“We would stress to Mr. Moniz that an ‘all of the above’ energy policy only means ‘more of the same,’ and we urge him to leave dangerous nuclear energy and toxic fracking behind while focusing on safe, clean energy sources like wind and solar.
“The Sierra Club commends the outgoing Sec. Chu for his service, and we look forward to working with Mr. Moniz to solidify a safe, clean energy future for Americans.”