“If I were Joe Biden and looking for someone to implement the green agenda, I would choose Mary Nichols,” said Steven J. Milloy, who led Mr. Trump’s transition team and now leads a website promoting fake climate news. change. “She is dedicated, she has experience, she knows the business from front to back. I don’t agree with a single thing she does. She’s a ‘fucking torpedo, full speed’ type environmentalist.
Ms. Nichols, 75, was first appointed to lead California’s clean air program in 1979 by Governor Jerry Brown. In the decades that followed, she spearheaded this program as California pioneered environmental policy, adopting ambitious measures, the first in the country, to control the environment. pollution and conservation which have often served as models for even international environmental law.
During the Clinton administration, she joined the EPA as its primary clean air officer, then returned to California, where she led the state’s pioneering cap-and-trade climate change program. under the direction of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Under the Obama administration, it was Ms. Nichols who helped negotiate a deal with the federal government and the nation’s largest automakers, which took California’s stringent auto emissions regulations and enforced them on nationwide. Just as Mr. Obama borrowed clean air and climate change strategies from California, Mr. Biden should do the same.
In an interview last week, when she was still seen as one of the top candidates for EPA employment, Ms Nichols strongly rebuffed the claim that she was insensitive to environmental justice issues.
“California is at the forefront of actions across the country and around the world to direct attention and funding to underfunded communities,” she said.
Ms Nichols noted that the main objection from environmental justice groups has been its adoption of California’s cap and trade policy, a system in which the state has placed a cap on tightening greenhouse gas emissions. greenhouse from stationary sources, but allows companies to buy and sell permits. pollute.
She noted that the program was put in place because it was the one preferred by Mr. Schwarzenegger, the Republican governor who passed the state’s climate bill in 2006 and recruited her to put it on. implemented in 2007.