This week, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy hit the road for a cross-country Earth Week tour. Not surprisingly, her schedule included several photo ops with environmental groups—ardent supporters of EPA’s climate change agenda—and failed to visit communities hardest hit by her agency’s regulations.
McCarthy made stops in Georgia, Ohio and Tennessee—states that all have significant coal usage, using coal to power 33%, 69% and 41%, respectively, of their low-cost electricity. If these states are forced to eliminate coal from their energy portfolios, residents would face significant job losses and staggering electricity price spikes.
In Atlanta, McCarthy joined the Hip Hop Caucus to draw attention to a common narrative among environmental groups, that minorities are disproportionately impacted by climate change. But what about the cost and reliability impacts EPA’s regulations are having on families and communities? Why is McCarthy misleading us about the true consequences and coming clean about the negligible environmental benefits these regulations will have?
It’s easy for McCarthy to preach with her cronies alongside her, in controlled environments with friendly crowds. Much like her boss, President Obama, McCarthy has embraced glitz and glamour—joining The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and throwing out the first pitch at Fenway Park on Tuesday. Unfortunately, while basking in the spotlight, she has avoided having a candid, yet critical, dialogue about the true impacts of her agency’s regulatory attack on coal.