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
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