WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today made the following statement after voting against the nomination of Gina McCarthy to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). McCarthy was confirmed by a 59-40 vote.
“The Obama Administration has a history of putting forth cabinet officials who will advance his liberal agenda through administrative regulations, skirting the will of Congress, and Gina McCarthy will now be a key player in this,” said Inhofe. “The President is waging an unprecedented war on fossil fuels that will destroy millions of jobs and prevent America from becoming energy independent. Our country’s manufacturing renaissance has been possible because of our cheap sources of oil, natural gas, and coal, and I am concerned the President’s policies will stifle much-needed economic growth. His greenhouse gas regulations alone will cost $300 to $400 billion per year, and his new ozone regulations are a direct threat to Oklahoma's economy. Ideological differences aside, I am committed to developing a healthy working relationship with Administrator McCarthy that ensures an open and honest dialogue, much like the one I enjoyed with former Administrator Lisa Jackson.”