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GOP senator says Obama climate plan may 'tarnish' EPA pick

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A Republican senator says President Obama’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency will face an uphill road to confirmation, based on what she’s said about the president’s new plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

Sen. John Barrasso, of Wyoming, joined fellow Republicans at the Capitol on Tuesday to decry Mr. Obama’s new strategy as a “war on coal.”


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Mr. Barrasso said EPA nominee Gina McCarthy recently reported to the Senate that she did not know anything about the plans Mr. Obama announced today, even though the strategy will be orchestrated by her agency.

He said that either means she is “ignorant” of what’s going on at the EPA, where she is an administrator, or “she is arrogant and wants the Senate not to know what she really knows.”

“Either way, I think this tarnishes her chances of being approved by the Senate, tarnishes her nomination,” he said. “The American people need someone at the EPA [whom] they can trust to be honest with them.”

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