Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator with the Environmental Protection Agency, pauses while speaking at a climate workshop sponsored by The Climate Center at Georgetown University, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 in Washington. President Barack Obama nominated McCarthy as head of the powerful Environmental Protection Agency.
Yesterday, President Obama nominated environmental official Gina McCarthy to head the EPA and MIT professor Ernest Moniz as energy secretary. If they join the Cabinet, they could be key in pushing through the kind of climate change regulations that eluded the administration during the past four years.
To explain is John Broder, Washington correspondent for the New York Times.