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Climate Change Chatter, April 12


by Bill Chameides | April 12th, 2013
posted by Erica Rowell (Editor)

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Gina McCarthy
Gina McCarthy, at her Senate confirmation hearing for EPA chief

A continuing series on what folks in the public sphere
have been saying (and not) about climate change over the past week.

At her Senate confirmation hearing yesterday, President Obama’s pick for EPA chief fielded questions ranging from the issue of climate change to her Internet use.

Ah, the Internet. Where would we be without it? Who even remembers the pre-Internet world? Obama’s nominee for administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency apparently does. During her confirmation hearing, nominee Gina McCarthy was asked if she used instant messaging in her capacity as EPA’s assistant administrator for the Air and Radiation Office.

quotation marksquotation marksOne good thing about being 58 is I don’t even know how to use [instant messaging].

—Gina McCarthy, at confirmation hearing, 4/11/2013
[Senate EPW Committee video ~2:24:29]

Environmental issues were also discussed at the hearing.

quotation marksquotation marksSo that is the issue. … Do we agree with Senator Inhofe that global warming is a hoax and that we do not want the federal government, the EPA, the Department of Energy to address that issue because it is a quote unquote hoax? … Or do we believe and agree with the overwhelming majority of scientists who tell us that global warming is the most serious planetary crisis we face?

—Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), at Gina McCarthy’s confirmation hearing, 4/11/2013
[C-SPAN video, ~35:37]

quotation marksquotation marksI believe that the science [on climate change] is overwhelming.

—Gina McCarthy, at confirmation hearing, 4/11/2013
[Senate EPW Committee video ~2:25:19]

quotation marksquotation marksWhat are the economic consequences … of drought, fires, floods, more extreme weather disturbances if we do not get a handle and reverse climate change?

—Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at confirmation hearing, 4/11/2013
[Senate EPW Committee video ~2:27:39]

quotation marksquotation marksSenator, the economic exposure associated with climate change is quite large and not just domestically, but as a national security issue.

—Gina McCarthy, at confirmation hearing, 04/11/2013
[Senate EPW Committee video ~2:27:50]

quotation marksquotation marksWe must … take steps to address climate change. Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our generation, and facing that challenge with increased focus and commitment is perhaps the greatest obligation we have to future generations. But I am convinced that we are up to that task. Common sense steps can be taken to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases while opening up markets for emerging technologies and creating new jobs.

—Gina McCarthy, at confirmation hearing, 4/11/2013
[Senate EPW Committee video ~2:10:04]

And elsewhere on the Internet outside the Senate chambers — except for anyone there checking their Twitter feed during the hearing — came this:

quotation marksquotation marksRT if you agree: It’s time to stop the denial on climate change. pic.twitter.com/Q6JarHmCF0

—Tweet from @BarackObama, April 11, 2013

Related Links

• Climate Change Chatter, Issue 1

• Climate Change Chatter, Issue 2

• Climate Change Chatter, Issue 3

• Climate Change Chatter, Issue 4

• Climate Change Chatter, Issue 5

• Climate Change Chatter, Issue 6

• Climate Change Chatter, Issue 7

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