United States Leaders and Opponents

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Government Official
Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Gina McCarthy was appointed to the position of Administrator of the EPA by President Obama, and has been a strong proponent of clean air programs and limiting greenhouse gas emissions while emphasizing the importance of a strong economy. She was also instrumental in the Obama administration’s opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline. She is an outspoken proponent of measures to combat global warming.

Scott Pruitt will become the Administrator for the EPA under the Trump Administration starting January 20th if approved by Congress. Mr. Pruitt has been the Attorney General for the State of Oklahoma. He is a climate change denier and a close ally of the fossil fuel industry. He has vowed to cancel US participation in the Paris Agreement and the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan.

Contact: Environmental Protection Agency  1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20460 Telephone: 202-564-4700 https://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations/get-involved-epa-regulations

Climate Program Advocate
Al Gore
Former United States Vice-President

Since leaving the Vice Presidency Al Gore has focused much of his work on climate change. He is the creator of the landmark documentary film, Inconvenient Truth, which drew the world’s attention to the dangers of global warming. He is the Founder and Chairman of The Climate Reality Project whose mission is “to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis, making urgent action necessary at every level of society.”

Contact: http://www.climaterealityproject.org

Climate Program Advocate
Dr. James Hansen
Former NASA scientist and current Director of Climate Science, Awareness, and Solutions program at Columbia University

Dr. Hansen is considered the “father of climate change” for his work to promote climate change awareness in the 1970s. He is an outspoken advocate of a carbon emissions tax, which he promoted at the Paris talks as a necessary element of the Paris Agreement. He often criticizes policies for not being strong enough to combat climate change, and works hard to bring awareness to climate change and develop solutions.

Contact: jeh1@columbia.edu

Climate Program Opponent
U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe
Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works

Oklahoma senator Jim Inhofe is an outspoken climate change denier who chairs the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works and has long been opposing clean air and emissions reduction legislation in the US Congress. He was instrumental in blocking many of President Obama’s initiatives for clean air and reduced emissions.

Contact:  https://www.inhofe.senate.gov


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