Hoeven Statement on President Obama's Nominee for the EPA, Gina McCarthy

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to a discussion he had this week with Gina McCarthy, the president’s nominee for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

“Nominee Gina McCarthy and I discussed a range of issues important not only to North Dakota, but also to the nation. While we don’t have to agree philosophically on everything, we do have to find practical solutions to producing more energy from all sources with good environmental stewardship.

“Specifically, I stressed to her the importance of knowing that she can work with me and other members of Congress to find practical solutions to developing more energy. I asked her to work with a states-first approach on issues like hydraulic fracturing, while allowing us to develop all of our varied energy resources in tandem.

“That means working to develop simple, straightforward rules that provide certainty for America’s energy producers and affordable and abundant energy for American businesses and families.

“I also told her that we are using unique and effective technologies in North Dakota that could be adopted nationally to develop more energy with good stewardship. I invited her to visit our state to show her how states can successfully manage energy development, and she accepted.”