- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Mike Boots, director of the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality, is stepping down, the Obama administration said Tuesday.

In a statement, President Obama credited Mr. Boots for helping to implement the administration’s ambitious climate-change agenda.

“His deep policy expertise and his work with mayors, governors and other local leaders have guided my actions to strengthen our nation’s infrastructure and address the threats communities face from climate change,” the president said in the statement. “The country is better off because of Mike’s contribution, and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

The departure comes at an especially critical time for the White House and its climate-change push. Mr. Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is in the midst of finalizing rules to limit carbon emissions from power plants, and the president recently struck a historic and controversial global-warming agreement with China.

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