The New York Times scored an interview with recently confirmed Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy.
McCarthy disputed claims by Republicans and coal-state Democrats that the EPA has it in for the coal industry.
“We don’t have a war on coal,” she said. “We’re doing our business, which is to reduce pollution. We’re following the law.”
The EPA in recent years has churned out rules that impose new requirements on coal-fired power plants, and there’s more to come, including planned carbon emissions standards.
Elsewhere, McCarthy refused to wade publicly into the battle over the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. From the Times write-up of the interview: