31 Jul '13, 4pm

New EPA boss urges businesses to 'embrace the opportunity of climate change'

New EPA boss urges businesses to 'embrace the opportunity of climate change'

The new boss at the the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has used her first public speech since taking up the role to categorically reject accusations the watchdog's carbon legislation will damage the U.S. economy. Speaking at an event hosted by Harvard Law School, Gina McCarthy argued there was ample evidence that environmental regulations can aid the economy and urged businesses to "embrace the opportunity of climate change." "Can we stop talking about environmental regulations killing jobs? Please. At least for today?" she said. "Let's talk about this as an opportunity of a lifetime, because there are too many lifetimes at stake." She hailed the success of the Obama administration's recent tightening of emissions standards for vehicles, arguing that they had played a crucial role in the sector's recovery while also reducing fuel bills for motorists. "On the brink o...

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