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WashPost: EPA's New Chief of Staff Advised Trump to Exit Paris Climate Pact

WashPost: EPA's New Chief of Staff Advised Trump to Exit Paris Climate Pact
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By    |   Friday, 14 February 2020 03:43 PM

A former Environmental Protection Agency air-policy adviser who urged President Donald Trump to exit the Paris climate accord, will be coming back to the agency as its chief of staff, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Mandy Gunasekara left the EPA a year ago to start what she called a “pro-Trump nonprofit” in Mississippi. As head of the advocacy group Energy 45, she’s argued on behalf of the president’s support for fossil fuels and other energy policies, writing that his approach “has brought both economic prosperity and cleaner air and water,” the Post reported.

After joining the EPA in March 2017, she oversaw the agency’s Office of Air and Radiation on an acting basis for nearly eight months under then-Administrator Scott Pruitt.

According to the Post, Gunasekara, a lawyer by training, played a key role in working to scale back federal rules aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions and other forms of pollution, including replacing the Obama-era Clean Power Plan and federal gas-mileage standards.

“By ending President Trump’s energy policies, Democrats will destroy America’s economy, drive up energy costs, and end millions of American jobs,” Gunasekara tweeted Wednesday, along with a photo of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and the words “Wants 19 Million Americans To Lose Their Jobs.”

The EPA wouldn’t confirm her selection for the role, telling The Hill, “Ryan Jackson is chief of staff at EPA until February 21st, at which time Michael Molina will serve as acting chief of staff.”

Jackson is leaving the EPA to work at the National Mining Association, which advocates for the coal industry among other clients. Gunasekara, like Jackson and current EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, previously worked for Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., The Hill noted.

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