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Gore's group says Obama EPA pick will fight global warming

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets

Minutes after President Obama announced that his pick to run the EPA would be the agency's greenhouse gas foe Gina McCarthy, former Vice President Al Gore's climate change group heralded the pick, an indication that global warming foes are expecting her to step up the administration's green fuel effort.

"EPA is on the frontlines of climate action. It is more important than ever that President Obama and the new EPA administrator continue to enforce laws cutting climate pollution," said Climate Reality Project CEO Maggie Fox. "Ms. McCarthy is an ideal candidate to continue the crucial work of promoting regulatory and market-based solutions to solve the climate crisis."

Gore is the co-founder of the project and his videos are featured on their website. The group said that it is "dedicated to unleashing a global cultural movement demanding action on the climate crisis."

McCarthy has been dinged by coal advocates who believe that while at the Environmental Protection Agency she has pushed too hard to trim coal usage in favor of greener fuel.

For example, Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., the EOA pick shows that said the nomination makes clear that Obama "wants to continue pursuing an aggressive climate agenda at EPA."

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