McCarthy: ‘EPA Is a Great Agency’ – ‘How Can You Not Like It?’

July 15, 2014 - 11:58 AM

“EPA is a great agency,” Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said,  “Its sole purpose is to protect public health and the environment - how can you not like it?”

McCarthy made those comments at the 85th Annual League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Conference Presidential Banquet on July 11th.

McCarthy’s remarks focused on climate change and what she claims is its disproportionate public health impacts on the Latino community.

“In fact, low income families, tribal populations and communities of color continue to be disproportionally impacted by pollution,” McCarthy said.

“President Obama recently said and I quote, we have got to shape our climate strategies to speak to the very real and legitimate concerns of working families, this is who we are going to benefit,” McCarthy continued. “There are special interest critics out there who tell you it can’t be done. But remind them we know better - it can be done and it must be done and it must be done now.”

Last month the EPA released new regulations calling for massive reductions in carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Under the rules emissions must be reduced by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has estimated the plan could cost the economy $50 billion per year in lost GDP and 224,000 jobs annually and increase the cost of electricity to consumers.