Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said she’s done talking to “climate deniers” who don’t think human activities are causing global warming.
“If they haven’t figured out by now, what in God’s name could anyone say to them?” McCarthy said in a Facebook Live interview with Mashable Tuesday.
“I don’t check out flat Earth society and I’m not talking to climate deniers,” she said. “That’s it. Sorry, I know I’m supposed to be for everybody, but my patience has worn thin over eight years.”
McCarthy has been one of the more controversial EPA chiefs since the agency’s global warming rule, called the Clean Power Plan, was finalized under her watch. Republicans even called for her resignation in the wake of the EPA-caused Gold King Mine spill in 2015.
Some Democrats have suggested McCarthy could stay on, at least temporarily, at EPA if Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wins the election in November, McCarthy, however, has suggested she’s got no plans to stick around D.C. for the long haul.
EPA has continually rebuffed criticism from pro-coal Republicans they are responsible for miners losing their jobs. Coal companies have said power plant and mine closures are due to federal regulations and cheap natural gas.