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Interview with EPA Administrator McCarthy

  • May 16, 2016
  • , Kitanippon Shimbun
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This morning’s Kitanippon Shimbun carried an exclusive interview with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who is currently visiting Japan to attend the G7 Toyama Environmental Ministers’ Meeting. She reportedly said major economic powers, particularly the U.S. and Japan, have a role to play in the fight against climate change, and stressed the need for the two nations to jointly move toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA administrator also reportedly said she is extremely honored to lead the U.S. delegation at the Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol slated for July in Vienna, expressing hope for further progress toward the adoption of an amended bill regulating the production and consumption of chlorofluorocarbon alternatives. She also pointed out that the two nations share a long history of working together on such important issues as the fight against mercury pollution and climate change, addressing air pollution, environmental impact assessment, education on the environment, and children’s health. She added that Japan is an important global partner on energy, including nuclear technology and safety, and expressed hope that bilateral, regional, and global cooperation will be further strengthened in order to implement the Paris Agreement and the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Lastly, she encouraged young people in Toyama to closely monitor what other nations are doing to combat the global threat of climate change and participate in dialogue.

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