Benjamin Cole of the conservative American Energy Alliance said of the nomination: “The EPA will look as different under Gina McCarthy as Cuba looked when Uncle Fidel passed the hammer and sickle to his little brother Raul.”
Bill Wilson, president of Americans for Limited Government, called on the Senate to reject McCarthy as, "unfit to run a Burger King, let alone a Cabinet level agency that threatens our nation's economy through its series of strange and bizarre regulatory rulings."
Wyoming Republican Senator John Barrasso already held up McCarthy’s 2009 nomination for the assistant administrator for air and radiation at EPA based on her plans to regulate greenhouse gas emission. That was a two-month ordeal. In his State of the Union, the president promised an activist EPA during his new term. If she is approved, McCarthy will spearhead that effort. Her confirmation hearings may make the Hagel session look like a walk in the park.