EPA Chief: ‘This Is Not About Pollution Control…It’s an Investment Strategy’

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told Congress on Wednesday that the EPA’s sweeping carbon-regulation plan “really is an investment opportunity. This is not about pollution control.”

Spouting warnings about “climate change” (“The science is clear. The risks are clear…We must act.”), McCarthy described and defended the EPA’s plan to reduce pollution from existing power plants by setting various carbon-reduction goals for each state to meet by the year 2030.

“And the great thing about this proposal is it really is an investment opportunity. This is not about pollution control. It’s about increased efficiency at our plants…It’s about investments in renewables and clean energy. It’s about investments in people’s ability to lower their electricity bills by getting good, clean, efficient appliances, homes, rental units,” McCarthy told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

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