Gina McCarthy, the new head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, vowed to tackle global warming with actions that will help spark economic growth.
In her first public speech since taking over two weeks ago, McCarthy today defended her agency against attacks from Republicans in Congress, and urged companies to “embrace the opportunity of climate change” as a reason to invest.
McCarthy now leads an agency that lawmakers have criticized over pollution limits that they say will cost jobs and hurt the economy. The Republican-led U.S. House passed legislation last year to reverse a series of EPA rules. The Senate didn’t consider similar measures.
At the same time EPA is central to enacting President Barack Obama’s pledge to counter the carbon-dioxide emissions scientists blame for causing global warming.
The EPA has a deadline of September for issuing a new proposal for the first-ever rules limiting carbon-dioxide emissions from new power plants.
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