Obama to nominate top EPA, DOE posts

Published on: Mar 4, 2013

Reports indicate President Barack Obama will nominate Gina McCarthy to be the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Ernest Moniz for U.S. Secretary of Energy.

McCarthy, the second in command under her predecessor Lisa Jackson who resigned last month, had been expected to be nominated for the EPA post.

"They're going to be making sure we're investing in American energy, that we're doing everything we can to combat the threat of climate change, that we're going to be creating jobs and economic opportunity," the Associated Press reported Obama said of McCarthy and Moniz. "They are going to be a great team."

A statement from Growth Energy chief executive officer Tom Buis said McCarthy has "exemplified leadership" at the EPA and has "dedicated her entire career to achieve common sense solutions to balance the country’s growing energy needs with important environmental concerns, as well as to ensure transportation needs are met," he added.  

Agriculture has been highly skeptical of EPA under the Obama administration. However, when it comes to support for renewable fuels, EPA has supported the intent of the Renewable Fuels Standard and upheld the RFS.

McCarthy's record shows she's a strong supporter of climate action. Obama has stepped up efforts to again push measures to limit climate change.

As head of the EPA’s clean air division, Assistant Administrator McCarthy forged bipartisan coalitions to finalize strong clean air safeguards and historic fuel efficiency standards, and as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, she led the state’s "No Child Left Inside" campaign. 

Moniz, the director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Energy Initiative, served as the undersecretary of the Energy Department under President Bill Clinton.