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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 12, 2013.Credit: REUTERS

Front-runner to lead EPA vows more action on climate change

By Zack Colman | 21 February 2013

The front-runner to fill the vacancy atop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pledged to push ahead with actions to confront climate change during a wide-ranging speech Thursday.

“As President Obama said, climate change is a priority — and we are going to take action,” Gina McCarthy, the EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, told attendees at the Georgetown Climate Center Workshop in Washington, D.C.

Obama is reportedly leaning toward tapping McCarthy as the next EPA administrator. She would replace Lisa Jackson, who left the post last week after four years with the White House.

McCarthy was hardly unaware of that development.

“There’s more suits this time. I don’t know why,” McCarthy joked when comparing the crowd to the one that showed up for her speech at the same conference four years ago.

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