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Keywords:

  • economic challenge;
  • climate change;
  • mitigation;
  • U.S. EPA director

“Climate change isn't an environmental issue; it is a fundamental economic challenge for us,” said Regina “Gina” McCarthy, the newly confirmed administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), during a 30 July speech at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. In this first public address since her confirmation on 18 July as the 13th EPA administrator, McCarthy insisted that protecting the environment makes good economic sense.