McCarthy, Granholm, Buttigieg Are Inspired Choices to Lead America’s Climate Action

Statement of EDF President Fred Krupp – December 15, 2020

December 15, 2020
Sharyn Stein, 202-905-5718,

"According to news reports, President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Gina McCarthy to be America's domestic climate advisor. The fact that we'll have a new position overseeing national climate policy demonstrates that the incoming administration will pursue ambitious action while also creating jobs and strengthening our economy — and the fact that Gina McCarthy has been tapped for the job means we'll have a leader who can make it happen.

"Gina McCarthy was one of the most effective EPA Administrators in U.S. history, with a rare gift for policy and politics alike. Simply put, she understands how government works. She spearheaded scientifically and legally solid actions to protect Americans from unhealthy air, dirty water, and the clear and present danger of climate change – all while navigating past climate denialism. She has all the tools and talents needed to be a great domestic climate advisor in an administration that's poised for progress. I look forward to working with her in her new role.

"This good news about Gina McCarthy follows two other high-profile reports today. Biden has reportedly picked former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to be Secretary of Energy and Mayor Pete Buttigieg to be Secretary of Transportation. Both are strong advocates of climate action and clean energy. Buttigieg ran on an aggressive plan for climate action, including 100% new zero emissions cars by 2035 and 100% new zero emissions trucks and buses by 2040, and Granholm's deep knowledge of the auto industry will be just what America needs as we begin building these clean trucks, buses and cars of the future.

"Biden's nominees all have the stature, experience, and vision that America needs to rebuild the economy with good clean energy jobs, protect our health from pollution, support equity, and keep our families safe from climate change. These are brilliant choices. We can all breathe a little easier knowing we'll be in such good hands."

- Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense Fund

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