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Biden’s top climate adviser Gina McCarthy said to be eyeing the door

Biden’s top climate adviser Gina McCarthy said he is eyeing the door on an ambitious climate agenda that is at a standstill

  • Former EPA administrator has told loved ones she is frustrated by the slow pace of climate progress
  • White House spokesman Vedant Patel called the reports “false.” “We don’t have any staff announcements,” he said
  • McCarthy was supposed to help federal agencies implement the new aggressive climate policy, but they were sidelined when Senator Manchin killed BBB
  • A person close to McCarthy described her as in ‘besieged mode’, concerned about political and legal hurdles to the Biden government’s plans

White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy is said to be eyeing her departure, with little to do now that President Biden has tabled his ambitious climate agenda in favor of increasing oil and gas production to ease pain at the pump.

The former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator has told loved ones she is frustrated at the slow pace of climate progress and plans to step down in the coming months, according to the New York Times. Reuters and Washington Post also reported the news.

White House spokesman Vedant Patel called the reports “false.” “We have no personnel announcements to make,” Patel said in a statement. “Gina and her entire team remain laser-focused on making President Biden’s clean energy agenda a reality.”

Biden created the role of climate adviser and enlisted McCarthy to fill it to prove that climate would be at the forefront of his administration, with the lofty goal of halving US greenhouse gas emissions within a decade.

White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy would be eyeing her departure, with little to do now that President Biden has tabled his ambitious climate agenda in favor of increasing oil and gas production to ease pain at the pump

White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy would be eyeing her departure, with little to do now that President Biden has tabled his ambitious climate agenda in favor of increasing oil and gas production to ease pain at the pump

The former EPA administrator has told her loved ones she is frustrated by the slow pace of climate progress and plans to step down in the coming months.

The former EPA administrator has told her loved ones she is frustrated by the slow pace of climate progress and plans to step down in the coming months.

McCarthy was supposed to help federal agencies implement the new aggressive policy, but the president’s boldest climate initiatives were killed along with the Build Back Better plan, which Senator Joe Manchin, DW. Va., said he could not agree in December.

That plan included $500 billion in climate and clean energy spending.

And while Biden spent much of his first year in office weaning the nation from fossil fuels, the government was forced to turn around when Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sent gas prices soaring.

McCarthy leads the efforts of several agencies to coordinate domestic climate policy, while White House climate envoy John Kerry coordinates international climate policy.

One person close to McCarthy described her as in “besieged mode,” concerned about political and legal obstacles to the Biden government’s plans, while another said she complained about the difficulties of traveling and being away from her husband.

This week, Biden signed an order allowing Americans to continue to purchase E15 gasoline, made up of 15 percent ethanol, for the entire summer, a move aimed at lowering gas prices. E15 is usually banned in the summer months due to concerns that it causes smog. Ethanol is also considered by many environmentalists to be a source of more greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline due to the intensity of the manufacturing process.

The president has recently urged oil companies to increase domestic production and has tapped the country’s strategic petroleum reserve for 180 million barrels of oil.

‘We are at war,’ Energy Sec. Jennifer Granholm said last month. ‘That means [crude oil] releases from strategic reserves around the world. And that means you’re producing more now, if and when you can. I hope your investors say this to you too. In this time of crisis we need more supply.’

The president has recently urged oil companies to increase domestic production and has tapped the country's strategic petroleum reserve for 180 million barrels of oil.

The president has recently urged oil companies to increase domestic production and has tapped the country’s strategic petroleum reserve for 180 million barrels of oil.

Meanwhile, Biden’s plans to use his executive powers to impose strict new limits on greenhouse gases from power plants and cars could be scuttled by a pending decision by the conservative-leaning Supreme Court.

All the steps come after a shocking report from the United Nations found that carbon dioxide emissions must be reduced by as much as 48 percent by 2030 and be net zero by 2050 to limit global warming to 2.7°F. (1.5°C).

Manchin is now said to be in talks with the Biden administration about a new, smaller bill for climate and social spending that would pay for green energy initiatives by reversing Republicans’ 2017 tax cuts.

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