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Gina McCarthy, The Future of EPA and Our Planet

Oct 11, 2017
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s final administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017, Gina McCarthy led numerous initiatives to cut air pollution, protect U.S. water resources, reduce greenhouse gases and strengthen chemical safety. In 2015, she finalized the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a lynchpin policy aimed at reducing emissions from coal-burning power plants, as well as increasing the use of renewable energy. The CPP currently is under review by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which ruled that the Trump Administration must produce an alternative proposal rather than rescind it. McCarthy is visiting the Woodrow Wilson School as part of its Dean’s Innovative Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Initiative.