New EPA chief: Climate controls will help economy

President Barack Obama’s top environmental official is wasting no time taking on opponents of the administration’s plan to crack down on global warming pollution.

In her first speech as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy on Tuesday told an audience gathered at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass., that curbing climate-altering pollution will strengthen the economy. That vision runs counter to claims by Republican lawmakers and some industry groups that new rules will kill jobs and fossil fuel industries.

McCarthy says that more than 40 years of environmental gains have proved otherwise. She said it was time to “talk positively” about climate.

And in a promise likely to spark more controversy, she said the EPA has “much more to do over the next four years.”

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