Why do Trump’s EPA nominees oppose the agency’s environmental protection laws?
The Trump administration has nominated dozens of nominees to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but a growing number of them have also come out against protecting the nation’s environmental laws and regulations.
Many of those nominees have ties to coal mining companies, and some have also expressed support for the fossil fuel industry.
Trump has proposed a broad slate of EPA nominees, including two who have taken to the White House podium to defend coal mining.
One of those coal mining nominees, Gina McCarthy, a former administrator of the Environmental Protect Agency, has said that “coal is good for us.”
McCarthy also spoke out against the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which is designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
“If we do not protect the air, water, and land of our citizens, we will not be able to survive as a country,” McCarthy said in a speech at the University of Wyoming last month.
McCarthy also tweeted that “I am 100% committed to ensuring that the clean air, clean water, clean food, clean planet we are creating are all for all people.”
She added that “climate change is a serious and pressing threat to the American people and our economy.”
McCarney also tweeted, “The U.S. needs to act now to address the global warming crisis.
I am committed to a carbon tax, a cap and trade system, and to addressing the problem.”
McCarthy has also previously argued that “we have the money and the political will to invest in energy infrastructure.”
On Wednesday, the Trump administration sent out a letter to the EPA, asking them to reconsider their decision to rescind the Clean Power plan and to make a “strong, coordinated effort” to protect the nation from climate change.
The Trump EPA has also proposed a wide range of other actions that could impact the environment, including a ban on new coal mines.
The administration also wants the EPA to issue new rules to protect drinking water, as well as create an office of climate change and air pollution to help protect the environment.
Trump’s EPA nominations to head EPA have been criticized by environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Earthjustice Legal Clinic.
The Sierra Club has called for McCarthy to be removed from her position, while NRDC has called her nomination “a blatant attack on our clean air and water and our communities.”