By Timothy Cama - 05/06/14 02:37 PM EDT
Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyConvention shows Democrats support fracking, activists on the fringe Overnight Energy: Officials close in on new global emissions deal EPA chief: US, negotiators nearing new emissions deal MORE said the White House’s Tuesday climate change report shows indisputably that the United States is feeling widespread effects of climate change and the Obama administration’s environmental policies could help.
“This is a clear indication that we’re already, today, facing the impacts of climate,” McCarthy said on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” “It’s not just about future projections anymore.”
McCarthy rejected that logic.
“Global action is necessary, but the U.S. can and should step up,” she said. “There are actions we can take that are very consistent with keeping us competitive in a global marketplace.”
Obama’s climate change plan calls for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, resiliency actions to prepare for climate change effects that cannot be avoided and working toward global cooperation on the goals.
McCarthy said Obama’s goal is to “really take action on climate now.”