Posted by DrJohn on 4 March, 2011 at 12:00 pm. 6 comments already!


Regulation: The head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s office of air and radiation admits she doesn’t know how much carbon dioxide is in the atmosphere. How can someone so ignorant have such an important job?

It’s not like Gina McCarthy has no experience in environmental policy. Her EPA bio says she’s been commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and “worked at both the state and local levels on critical environmental issues.”

McCarthy even “has extensive experience with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the nation’s first market-based greenhouse gas cap-and-trade system,” as well as a “master of science in environmental health engineering and planning and policy from Tufts University.”

Yet when Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican, asked McCarthy on Tuesday during a House hearing if she knew what the atmospheric CO2 level was, she admitted that she didn’t, reports Steven Milloy of

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