Columbia Law School Climate Change Center Praises Gina McCarthy as EPA Nominee

Date Posted: March 4, 2013

New York—Michael B. Gerrard, director of Columbia Law School’s Center for Climate Change Law, praised Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s nominee, to head the EPA.

“Gina McCarthy has been leading EPA's efforts to use its existing powers under the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases as well as conventional air pollutants,” Gerrard said.

“It's a massive and intricate statute, and there is no better person to navigate through it in carrying out President Obama's announced plan to use his executive authority to fight climate change if Congress won't act.

"Her experience in helping run state agencies in Connecticut and Massachusetts is an added plus, since the states will play a central role in these efforts.”

McCarthy is currently assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.

To reach Professor Gerrard, email him at or call him at 212-854-3287.

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