The new head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Gina McCarthy, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate last week after an unexpected delay due to political gridlock over the role of the EPA in regulating environmental impact. McCarthy’s position will see her in charge of one of the most powerful agencies in the country in terms of regulating business, and it appears she will continue to focus on issues related to energy consumption, as did her predecessor, outgoing EPA chief Lisa Jackson.
Because of a 2007 Supreme Court ruling, the EPA was given jurisdiction over regulating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, meaning that the Obama administration could pursue an agenda of limiting production of carbon dioxide and other GHGs without rule-by-rule approval from Congress. As such, it could be the case that the regulatory environment will continue to favor renewable energy sources over fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas, particularly in the realm of electrical generation.
There are many ways that the EPA could shift the country’s energy infrastructure in the general direction of renewable sources, including levying penalties for companies that emit too many GHGs, requiring higher fuel efficiency standards and providing more streamlined permitting processes for the construction of new solar energy and wind projects.
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