Fox News reports that Gina McCarthy, the White House national climate adviser, has resigned from her position.
There have been rumors about McCarthy’s resignation for several months now. In April, McCarthy even decided to post a message on social media dispelling those rumors.
But, this time, it is happening. McCarthy is leaving the administration.
McCarthy’s resignation was confirmed by White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Friday.
“Gina is indeed leaving us,” Jean-Pierre said. “She, as you know, has been a leader in what we have seen as one of the largest investments in dealing with climate change. We are very sad to lose her.”
President Joe Biden subsequently released a statement praising McCarthy’s accomplishments.
“Under Gina McCarthy and Ali Zaidi’s leadership, my administration has taken the most aggressive action ever, from historic legislation to bold executive actions, to confront the climate crisis head-on,” Biden wrote. “The Inflation Reduction Act is the biggest step forward on clean energy and climate in history, and it paves the way for additional steps we will take to meet our clean energy and climate goals.”
The one thing we are not being told is why now, all of a sudden, McCarthy has decided to call it quits. Either way, McCarthy’s final day with the Biden administration will be Sept. 16.
The Biden administration has already announced a replacement for McCarthy — John Podesta, the former Clinton aide.
“We are fortunate that John Podesta will lead our continued innovation and implementation,” Biden said. “His deep roots in climate and clean energy policy and his experience at senior levels of government mean we can truly hit the ground running to take advantage of the massive clean energy opportunity in front of us.”
Podesta will now be the Biden administration’s senior advisor to the president for clean energy innovation and implementation.
Previously, Podesta was former President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff and, later, he was the chair of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. So, Biden, here, is continuing his trend of packing his administration with Obama and Clinton people.