Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., said Thursday morning that the confirmation hearing for Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, was not really about McCarthy at all, but about the “crisis” of global warming.
Sanders’ comments came after several Republican senators, including John Barrasso of Wyoming and David Vitter of Louisiana, expressing concern over the economic effects of strict air and water regulations McCarthy helped develop during her tenure at EPA.
“Barrasso has made it clear this discussion … is not about Gina McCarthy,” said Sanders. “It is a debate about global warming and whether or not we listen to the leading scientists in our country who tell us that global warming is the most serious crisis we face.”
Sanders gave a long list of global warming’s effects, including droughts and floods, and called out Sen. James Inhofe for describing global warming as a hoax.
As chief of air regulation at EPA, McCarthy has helped develop the agency’s rigorous emissions standards for power plants, which have cost the coal industry jobs and caused several plants to close, Barasso said.
“She owes the American people an explanation and a vision for what the EPA would look like under her leadership,” he said.