An Interview With Gina McCarthy: Pruitt, Coal Politics and the Unstoppable Rise of Clean Energy
On this week’s Interchange podcast, former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy assess the Trump administration’s efforts to dismantle the agency.
Gina McCarthy isn’t happy watching Scott Pruitt dismantle the climate plan that she helped President Obama build. But she doesn’t think Pruitt will be successful.
“They’ve made a lot of announcements; they haven’t made a lot of progress,” she said in an interview on The Interchange podcast. McCarthy predicted that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will keep getting “slapped back” by legal challenges.
And even if Pruitt makes progress, the markets have spoken against him. “The market has already dictated that strategy, and it’s a clean energy future,” she said.
In this week’s podcast, we talk with McCarthy about the EPA under the Trump administration. We’ll talk about the viciousness of environmental politics, the coal industry’s impact on politics, shifts in the energy markets, and why she’s optimistic about the future. “The clean energy train has left the station, and it’s moving,” she said.
McCarthy is currently the director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard University.