Thursday, June 20, 2013

EPA Nominee Gina McCarthy Has A History Of Misleading Congress

By Marlo Lewis & Anthony Ward 3/12/2013

President Obama has nominated Gina McCarthy to succeed Lisa Jackson as EPA administrator. When the Senate takes up her confirmation, lawmakers should be aware that McCarthy, the current chief of air regulation at EPA, has a history of misleading Congress and the public about her agency’s greenhouse gas regulations.

At a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in October 2011, McCarthy denied motor vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards are “related to” fuel economy standards. In so doing, she denied plain facts she must know to be true. She did so under oath.

Why does this matter? As we explain below, the falsehood that GHG standards and fuel economy standards are unrelated gave the EPA legal cover to grant a waiver authorizing California to implement its own de-facto fuel economy program. The waiver threatened to subject the auto industry to a “patchwork” of state-by-state fuel economy requirements....
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