Climate testimony by EPA chief light on facts, balance

A government official proposing to overhaul energy use should ground arguments in facts and present them with balance. Here's how Gina McCarthy, administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, opened her July 23 testimony at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on proposed regulation of greenhouse gases from power plants: "Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. It already threatens human health and welfare and economic well-being, and if left unchecked it will have devastating impacts on the United States and the planet. "The science is clear. The risks are clear. And the high costs of climate inaction are clear. We mu...

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