Gina McCarthy, President Biden’s top climate adviser, will leave her job on September 16, just weeks after the president signed a landmark climate bill to slow the rate of global warming. , two people familiar with her plans said Friday.
Ms. McCarthy, whose nearly two-year term was consumed by efforts to move climate legislation through Congress, passed away triumphant.
The new law includes nearly $370 billion in tax incentives and programs to accelerate the nation’s transition from an economy based on oil, gas and coal to one powered by wind energy. , solar energy and other clean energy.
It is expected to help reduce the country’s carbon footprint, help drive climate change, to a level not seen since Lyndon Johnson was presidentan achievement that Ms. McCarthy described in a recent interview as “the most historic step forward in climate that I have ever seen or frankly predicted.”
Mrs. McCarthy, 68 years old, who played a central role in climate policy integration among federal agencies and increased government support for wind and solar energy development, was widely expected to be abandoned for many months. She told associates that her work-related trip was exhausting and that she never intended to stay for the full four-year presidency.
When Mr. Biden signed the climate bill into law last month, it provided a natural pivot point for Ms. McCarthy. According to two administration officials, who requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak in public, she is expected to succeed Ali Zaidi.
“You know, I’ve actually worked on climate issues for decades,” Ms. McCarthy said in a recent interview. She said the bill would kick off “transformational change”.
A Massachusetts native with a distinct Boston accent, McCarthy has served as an environmental adviser to several Massachusetts governors, including Mitt Romney, now a Wyoming senator. She was Connecticut’s environmental protection commissioner before joining the Environmental Protection Agency as an assistant administrator in 2009. In 2013, she was assigned by President Barack Obama to run the EPA and help shape into national policies to combat global warming for more than a decade.
During the 2020 presidential campaign, she influenced Mr. Biden’s promise to do more than any leader in the nation’s history to fight climate change. Once elected, he reached out to her to make that ambitious agenda a reality as the country’s first national climate adviser.