By Mike Groll/ReutersU.
President Donald Trump has been criticized for failing to take a strong stance on the pollution that could destroy the lives of millions of marine animals in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere.
Trump has not mentioned the issue publicly, but his administration has issued multiple statements about the dangers of pollution from oil and gas extraction and its effect on the environment.
Trump said on June 13 that he would consider whether to take further action on climate change if he wins the election, but the EPA has not made any decisions about whether to reduce carbon emissions from the oil and natural gas industry.
On Tuesday, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said that his agency would “take all necessary steps to protect the health of our marine environment.”
He said that if he were elected, he would look at the issue “through the lens of environmental protection.”
A senior Trump administration official said on Thursday that the administration is not yet considering taking any action on the issue.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
On Thursday, President Trump’s nominee to lead the EPA, Gina McCarthy, said she would take a “neutral stance” on whether to regulate the oil industry.
McCarthy, who is from California, had been a vocal critic of the EPA.
She told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Wednesday that she would “evaluate any proposed regulations” from the administration.
McCarthy said that while she supports the EPA’s mission to regulate carbon dioxide emissions, “I don’t believe that the federal government should be regulating any industry’s pollution.”
She also said that her job is “to enforce the law and protect the environment.”
McCarney was the first member of Trump’s EPA transition team to take the oath of office, and the first woman to be nominated by Trump.
She is also the first African-American appointed to the agency.
McConnell on Thursday said the administration has “committed to doing everything we can to ensure that the environment is protected and that we have an environment where people feel safe and comfortable.”
He added that “all of us in Congress, the American people, the public and the EPA must continue to be vigilant in protecting the environment and protecting our nation’s coast.”
Environmentalists have long criticized the Trump administration for its inaction on climate and pollution issues, and McCarthy has criticized the president for not taking strong stances on climate issues during his first term.
The EPA is responsible for regulating oil and chemical pollution from drilling operations and pipelines in the United States.
It also regulates chemicals used to treat oil spills in the Arctic, and has issued numerous pollution regulations related to oil and fuel extraction.
The Trump administration has yet to take any new action on greenhouse gas emissions from oil drilling.