Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy: “There’s a threat to science”

Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy at anhearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in 2014.

Credit: J. Scott Applewhite via The Associated Press

Boston Public Radio Weekend

July 23, 2017

Christina Beiene

Scott Pruitt, current EPA Administrator, has left some people worried about the state of the environment under the Trump administration.

Speaking to CNBC in March about carbon dioxide emissions, Pruitt said, “I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.”

Former EPA administrator for the Obama administration, Gina McCarthy, stopped by Boston Public Radio Weekend to discuss her concerns about the EPA’s future.

McCarthy says she’s most worried about the threat to science. “They are trying to find a way to make the science fact to go away and take people out of the public process,” she said.

“Some of the younger people in the agency are finding other opportunities because they’re worried,” she said about the lack of job security. “There’s also [a] tremendous threat in Congress. Congress is trying to pass bills that would eliminate our abilities to take into consideration studies, important studies.”

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