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EPA ‘Jetting Around the Country’ for Week-Long Earth Day Tour

The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility took a swipe at the EPA for sending bureaucrat Gina McCarthy on an greenhouse gas generating five city tour for Earth Day.  

Administrator McCarthy will undertake a greenhouse gas laden week-long tour that will "far exceed" any benefit from her climate change proselytizing.   

“Frenetically jetting around the country appears to undercut [the] EPA’s message to ordinary Americans that they should conserve, consume less and reduce transportation pollution,” PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch said in a statement. 

McCarthy will be participating in "various events to...focus on responsible steps to cut carbon pollution to slow the effects of climate change" in New York, Boston, Cleveland, Atlanta and Memphis. 

Some activities on the tour were called into question. 

Ruch noted that some events on McCarthy’s itinerary have questionable ties to promoting climate action, such as joining Energy Secretary Moniz to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday's Red Sox vs. Yankees baseball game at Boston's Fenway Park.

Ruch went on to note: 

“[The] EPA touts this tour as meaningful but this agency’s effectiveness in public education is not measurable. While Ms. McCarthy is an engaging individual she is hardly a charismatic figure whose mere presence galvanizes public action.” 

For shame. 


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