- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, called climate change the biggest health issue facing the United States and that states and the private sector need to step up and take speedier steps to develop alternative energy sources.

She made the statements while speaking on “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central on Monday night.

Her words: “We’re talking about positioning the U.S. for the future as well as those companies. They know they can invest in renewable energy. They know they can make it work in an energy mix. So our job really is to drive those reductions nationally, but to make sure every state is differently positioned. Some have already done aggressive energy efficiency work. You know what? They can do a whole lot more,” Breitbart reported.

She then issued a stark warning about the fate of America, if states, businesses, regulators and lawmakers don’t take drastic measures.

“If we don’t start dealing with climate change, which is the biggest public health challenge we face, as well as the biggest economic challenge and think of it both from an environmental and economic standpoint, then I think we’re losing for the next generation and our own, quite frankly,” she said, Breitbart reported.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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