Obama names anti-coal, global warming advocate to head EPA

Gina McCarthy, who has headed up the EPA's clean air regulatory shop the last 4 years, has been named by President Obama to be the new EPA director. Politico: As head of EPA's air office, McCarthy has been at the forefront of the agency's fight to enact greenhouse gas regulations on sources like vehicle tailpipes and power plants. Those efforts are expected to kick up as the agency attempts to carry out the pledges for serious action on climate change that Obama hinted at in last month's Inauguration speech. While McCarthy has often sparred with Republican lawmakers at hearings, she also brings a bipartisan background, including stints working for past GOP governors like Mitt Romney. Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) told POLITICO earlier this year that McCarthy would make a "great" EPA administrator. "She is strong. She's knowledgeable. She, there would be no transition required, and I just like Gina because she's straight from...(Read Full Post)