The issue has divided lawmakers and industries. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, and others have encouraged the Energy Department to approve exports to more countries, a position supported by the American Petroleum Institute. But some domestic manufacturers enjoying the low cost of natural gas are concerned that more exports will drive the price higher.
Inhofe, a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee and frequent EPA critic, supported McCarthy four years ago when she was nominated to head the EPA's air and radiation office. He said Monday her nomination proves the president “wants to continue pursuing an aggressive climate agenda at EPA.”
Inhofe said McCarthy oversaw some of the EPA's most controversial recent rules. He said he hopes to find common ground with her.
“My priority is to ensure that EPA follows sound science and accurate cost-benefit analysis to ensure government's encroachment into entrepreneurship and American ingenuity is instructed by facts, and not political gamesmanship,” he said.
Larry Schweiger, National Wildlife Federation president and CEO, said McCarthy “has proven herself to be fair and pragmatic while determined to carry out her responsibilities under the law.”