“He will take over an E.P.A. that is in the same position that he found North Carolina’s D.E.Q. four years ago,” Governor Cooper stated, crediting Mr. Regan with restoring morale amongst profession workers and emphasizing a respect for science.
As for whether or not Mr. Regan can get robust, he stated: “He can fight when he needs to. Ask Duke Energy.”
Mr. Regan, he stated, “pulled off the largest coal ash clean up in the history of the country, and it required a lot of pressure to get that done.”
On points certain to satisfy Republican resistance, similar to chopping emissions from energy crops and vehicles, Governor Cooper stated, “He will take them on and knows that is part of the charge.”
Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, the highest Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, stated in her on-line interview with Mr. Regan final month that she had informed him her coal-dependent state felt ignored throughout the Obama years, because the administration adopted laws to cut back the nation’s dependency on fossil fuels.
“If you don’t come and listen, the air in the balloon gets bigger and tighter, and the pressure of being ignored just grows and foments,” Ms. Capito stated. Mr. Regan, she stated, had promised to “come and listen” — but additionally sidestepped a few of her particular questions on coverage plans.
Raised in Eastern North Carolina, Mr. Regan when he was nominated recalled fishing and searching along with his father and grandfather, experiences he stated formed his love for the setting. Growing up with bronchial asthma, he stated, additionally opened his eyes to the ways in which industrial and closely polluting factories and energy crops are overwhelmingly in and close to poor neighborhoods and communities of colour. President Biden has made a concentrate on environmental justice a core a part of his local weather and environmental technique.
Mr. Regan and Mr. Biden additionally share a private tragedy: the demise of a younger little one. Mr. Biden’s first spouse and younger daughter died in a automotive accident in 1972. Mr. Regan’s first son, Michael Stanley Regan Jr., who was referred to as MJ, died when he was 14 months outdated after being recognized with Stage four neuroblastoma, a uncommon childhood most cancers.