EPA chief: Progress under Obama won't be undone by Trump

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Posted: Nov 21, 2016 3:49 PM
EPA chief: Progress under Obama won't be undone by Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's environmental chief says she is confident that progress in fighting climate change and creating clean-energy jobs will not be undone by President-elect Donald Trump.

Gina McCarthy, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, hailed "spectacular" advancements by Obama in imposing environmental rules and helping create thousands of jobs in renewable energy such as wind and solar power.

In a speech Monday, McCarthy said the world has marveled at those accomplishments, but now wonders "if the U.S. will turn its back on science and be left behind."

McCarthy did not mention Trump, but said she's confident that "the inevitability of our clean energy future is bigger than any one person or nation."

Trump has called climate change a hoax and vowed to undo many of Obama's environmental policies.