WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Environment and Public Work’s (EPW) Oversight Subcommittee, made the following statement today regarding President Obama’s nomination of Gina McCarthy to be the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

“By nominating Gina McCarthy to replace Lisa Jackson, the president is making it clear that he wants to continue pursuing an aggressive climate agenda at the EPA.  As head of the Air office, McCarthy oversaw some of the agency’s most costly and controversial rules, like the Utility MACT.  That said, as we approach her confirmation process in the Senate, I look forward to sitting down and talking with her to find common ground as I did with Lisa Jackson.  As ranking member of the EPW Oversight Subcommittee, my priority is to ensure that EPA follows sound science and accurate cost-benefit analysis to ensure government’s encroachment into entrepreneurship and American ingenuity is instructed by facts and not political gamesmanship.  This will be among the key issues I aim to address with McCarthy and an area I hope we can reach agreement. ”