EPA Chief on Davos: ‘This Is Not Usually My Crowd’

(AP/Alex Brandon)
National Journal
Ben Geman
Jan. 21, 2014, 12:57 p.m.

En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency Ad­min­is­trat­or Gina Mc­Carthy is look­ing for­ward to be­ing a fish out of wa­ter in Da­v­os, Switzer­land this week, where she’ll pro­mote the White House cli­mate change agenda at the World Eco­nom­ic For­um meet­ing.

“This is not usu­ally my crowd,” she told The New York Times, adding, “This is go­ing to be fun.”

Well, it is and it isn’t her crowd.

Mc­Carthy, who comes from mod­est be­gin­nings in Bo­ston, isn’t a charter mem­ber of the Da­v­os set. But she’ll have lots of com­pany when talk­ing about cli­mate change at the an­nu­al talk-and-net­work event in the Swiss Alps this week.

Cli­mateWire re­ports that the Da­v­os pro­gram “fea­tures no few­er than 23 ses­sions on dis­aster re­si­li­ence, clean en­ergy de­vel­op­ment and low-car­bon growth as well as a ded­ic­ated Cli­mate Day.”

Oth­er guests in­clude United Na­tions cli­mate chief Chris­ti­ana Figueres and European Com­mis­sion­er for Cli­mate Ac­tion Con­nie Hede­gaard, Cli­mateWire notes.

There could be some drama too. Al­is­on Red­ford, the premi­er of Al­berta and a back­er of the Ca­na­dian province’s oil-sands pro­jects, plans to con­front oil-sands crit­ic Al Gore in the Alps.

“I will do what I al­ways do, which is to talk about Al­berta’s re­cord and to give him the facts and to sug­gest that as he draws con­clu­sions which are er­ro­neous with re­spect to the oils­ands, that he take in­to ac­count the real­ity of the pro­duc­tion — and not the myths of the pro­duc­tion,” she told re­port­ers Monday, ac­cord­ing to The Cal­gary Her­ald.

As for Mc­Carthy, she will tout the “po­ten­tial mar­ket op­por­tun­it­ies, in­nov­a­tion and job cre­ation that ex­ist in act­ing on cli­mate change,” EPA said in an­noun­cing her plan to speak in Da­v­os.

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