“The Climate Reality Project enthusiastically welcomes President-elect Biden’s appointment of Michael Regan to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Mr. Regan’s strong record of leadership at the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, including ordering the nation’s largest clean-up of coal ash contamination, make him an inspired choice to lead this vital federal agency.
“The EPA is our nation’s most important line of defense against the climate crisis and pollution of our air, land, and water, which too often disproportionately impacts frontline communities and people of color. Over the past four years, the Trump Administration has effectively gutted the agency, dismantled dozens of environmental regulations, and allowed fossil fuel lobbyists to call the shots. At this critical moment for climate action, Mr. Regan’s principled leadership will be essential to revitalizing the EPA’s mission, safeguarding our air and water, holding the fossil fuel industry to account, and most importantly, placing the health and safety of the American people at the forefront of all decision-making.”