Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light calls on Senator Mike Braun and Senator Todd Young to support the nominations of Brenda Mallory and Janet McCabe to serve as the head of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and as EPA Deputy Administrator, respectively.

President Joe Biden’s nominations of Brenda Mallory and Janet McCabe demonstrate the administration’s continued commitment to placing experienced public servants in key roles where they can carry out bold action to protect public health and the environment. 

Mallory is a climate expert and visionary with a wealth of experience that will assist her in succeeding at CEQ. As general counsel for CEQ during her years at the US EPA and leading the Climate21 Project, Mallory shaped the President’s climate agenda, incorporated environmental justice and fostering collaboration between all levels of the federal government to protect our climate, air, water, and public health.  As an EPA veteran, IU educator, and renowned climate attorney, McCabe is the most qualified possible candidate for the EPA Deputy Administrator position. Working closely with soon-to-be EPA head Michael Regan, McCabe will work tirelessly to protect our air, water, and public health.

Leaders from both sides of the aisle, including Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W Bush, wrote about their support for Mallory: “Based on our familiarity with Brenda and her record, we are confident that she will perform her duties faithfully with integrity and honor, and will be open and transparent in her role, welcoming all views.”  If confirmed, Mallory would use her position to lift up voices from marginalized communities who are most impacted by federal infrastructure projects.  

McCabe previously served in the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) during the Obama administration, developing policies to address climate change and air pollution. She knows that low-income communities and communities of color are hardest hit by pollution and the climate crisis.  In order to ensure that environmental justice and resources to coal-based communities like those in Southwestern, IN remain a priority, we need individuals like McCabe, who know the facts and rely on the science for decision-making, as part of the EPA’s leadership.

We urge Senator Braun and Senator Young to fulfill their obligation to Hoosiers by voting in support of these two nominations and ensuring Congress works alongside the EPA and CEQ to tackle the climate crisis and quickly transition the U.S. towards a thriving 100% clean energy economy.  Not only would such a move revitalize a country in the midst of a serious financial downturn and provide Americans with millions of well-paying jobs, but it would also bring an end to carbon pollution, improve public health, strengthen our aging infrastructure and protect our environment for generations to come. Please contact your senators and urge them to make the best choice for Indiana’s future.