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#AskGinaEPA about Climate Change

2013 August 1

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will host her first live Twitter chat on climate change on Friday, August 2nd at 12:30 PM ET. Administrator McCarthy will discuss her plans for the agency moving forward, focusing on EPA’s work to combat climate change.

Helping communities adapt to the changing climate and cutting carbon pollution will be a significant part of EPA’s work over the coming years – the Agency will play a key role in implementing President Obama’s Climate Change Action Plan. Administrator McCarthy has also pledged to take action on toxics and chemical safety, safeguard our air and water resources, and continue EPA’s work toward a sustainable future.

Here’s the plan:

  • Tweet your questions to @GinaEPA anytime on Friday morning using the hashtag #AskGinaEPA. She will respond to questions beginning at 12:30 PM ET.
  • You can ask Administrator McCarthy a question, share your ideas, and join the conversation on protecting people’s health and the environment.
  • Don’t use Twitter? You can still ask questions in the comments section below and watch the discussion at @GinaEPA and #AskGinaEPA.
  • We will be translating this chat into Spanish. Follow @EPAespanol and #HablaConGina to participate.

Administrator McCarthy is new to Twitter, and looking forward to answering your questions in her first live Twitter chat!

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9 Responses leave one →
  1. Abby Swaine permalink
    August 1, 2013

    How do you see EPA’s and NGOs’ roles in climate change education meshing? Note that the Alliance for Climate Education, which gives fantastic, motivating presentations to young people, received a 2012 EPA New England Environmental Merit Award: (scroll down to Environmental, Community, Academia & Nonprofit section)

  2. rick kodos permalink
    August 1, 2013

    Please look at the changes in the Sun, that have happened, and the changes in the earth tectonic plates under the oceans also. It is not just man who has changed the atmosphere, the earth itself has changed. This should be added into the decision. Thank you.

  3. Wayne Gjerde permalink
    August 2, 2013

    The use of recycled materials in the manufacturing was a emphasis of the EPA but the agency has provide little to no support at headquarters for this activity in recent years. What will the agency do to reengage the states recycling market development programs going forward. Using recycled material in the manfacturing has a huge connection to green house gas reduction.

    Wayne Gjerde
    MidAmerica Council of Recycling Officials
    A fourteen state Midwest organization represent Midwest market development and recycling programs

  4. Lynn Rubinstein permalink
    August 2, 2013

    Recycling, as you know, is both a powerful and cost effective climate change strategy. It also is a green industry with great potential for job development and economic growth. In recent years, EPA has all but stopped providing support for recycling grants and programs; whether diverting materials to recycling or the use of recycled feedstock. What will EPA be doing to re-invigorate the status of recycling as part of a green economy and important player in climate change initiatives?

    Lynn Rubinstein, Executive Director
    Northeast Recycling Council (NERC)
    NERC is a 10 state non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable materials management, advancing an environmentally sustainable economy by promoting source & toxicity reduction, recycling, and the purchasing of environmentally preferable products.

  5. Connie Nelson permalink
    August 2, 2013

    We have seen the results of environmental destruction from the XLpipeline and Fracking. These practices pollute & use up our precious water. When will they be stopped in favor of green energy?

  6. Terri L Turner, AICP, CFM permalink
    August 2, 2013

    For any community to truly be successful, their strategies, in this particular case for climate change adaptation, have to be tailored to their individual and unique needs. What is EPA proposing in the way of education, outreach, resources and, if needed, manpower to arm the locals with what they need to adapt to our ever-changing climate? Also, will there be a champion (a dedicated person or persons) at the national level within EPA to get this done? …….at the regional level? …… the state level? Who are those folks and how will they interact at the local level?

  7. Anonymous permalink
    August 2, 2013

    why cant americans use american coal it has cost hundreds of jobs and added to cost of power china and the rest of the world are going to keep burning it they dont worry about what the epa says we share the same atmosphere. wake up

  8. Mel Deloach permalink
    August 2, 2013

    Why do you climate change people not pay any attention to thep FACT tht the temperature has NOT risen in 16 years and your models ( I teach modeling and stats) are so far off tht they could never be used in a college class.? I believe you to be wrong. Also, you must figure jobs into the moves you make for without them you will not be paid, people will go homeless, and nothing you try do will make any difference. We, humans, are not the problem. Read the literature and see that Earth’s changes are in cycles and that your so-called green companies have all failed.

  9. D. Bowman permalink
    December 3, 2013

    Just think, if this much energy were spent on a real concerns and dangers, how much good could be accomplished.

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