President Biden is losing yet another adviser as his administration continues hemorrhaging staff. The White House announced earlier this week that climate adviser Gina McCarthy will be exiting her position on September 16.
“McCarthy was the head of the Environmental Protection Agency under former President Barack Obama and was a key architect of that administration’s Clean Power Plan,” according to CNN. “In the Biden administration, McCarthy was tasked with setting up a first-of-its-kind White House office to coordinate climate action across agencies.
“‘Her legacy is going to be that she set up the president and the fed government for the most aggressive climate action in the history of the US,’ said Christy Goldfuss, senior vice president for energy and environment policy at the Center for American Progress. ‘All of that will be what she’s most proud of and most remembered for. Those positions will stick around, and the structure she helped drive will be needed long into the future.’
As much as McCarthy greased the wheels for climate action across agencies, the White House’s most significant win on climate came through Congress last month in the Inflation Reduction Act, which contains $370 billion in new clean energy tax credits and climate provisions — a historic amount of climate spending and the most significant environmental legislation since the landmark Clean Air Act.”