4 Things to Know About Gina McCarthy, Ob

February 27 [Wed], 2013, 6:49
President Obama is poised to pick Gina McCarthy, the Environmental Protection Agencysfor the Office of Air and Radiation, to head the EPA, Reuters . Here are a few things you should know about McCarthy:

Shes a tough-talking and enthusiastic Bostonian. McCarthy, who hails from Dorchester, Mass., is Irish Catholic and speaks with a pronounced Boston . The approach Obamas green quarterback from some environmentalists.

A proud Bostonian, McCarthy oncein a speech getting to yell Play ball! at a Red Sox baseball game. Now, theres nothing cooler than that, she said. I did it with real gusto. Should I do it again? Play balllll! (McCarthy is also is known for her sense of humor.)

Shes an anthropologist. McCarthy as an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts-Boston before going on to receive a joint M.S. degree in Environmental health engineering and in planning and policy from Tufts University.

The former degree may seem less relevant to her current post than the latter. People ask me why did social anthropology prepare you for the work that youre doing in government? Well, everyone who asked me that, I wondered if they had ever been in the Massachusetts legislature, whether they had ever been in the Connecticut Legislature, and whether they had ever visited Congress recently, because it is a primitive society into itself, McCarthy . But really, she said, it taught her to relish diversity.

Shes a longtime government official and even worked for Mitt Romney. All told, McCarthy has been working for federal and state governments for over 25 years. Her career has spannedMassachusetts governors, including former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, one Connecticut governor, Jodi Rell, under whom she ran the states Department of Environmental Protection. She was confirmed to EPA and came to Washington in 2009.Her confirmation wont be a picnic.Obama, who vowed to make tackling the threat of climate change a second-term priority, is likelyto carry out that agenda, at least initially, which is likely to thrust the agency into the political spotlight.McCarthy is going to have to answer for her agency, which isnt the most popular among congressional Republicans, who have criticized the regulations it has rolled out in recent years as job-killers. The Washington Post reports that the coal industry to her nomination, as may Senate Republicans, according to.

On the other hand, McCarthy is popular with environmentalists, and she even has, including from groups that dont tend to see eye-to-eye with EPA.



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