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Under fire, EPA nominee can’t give ground on climate change

After a month of procedural delays, the nomination of Gina McCarthy to run the Environmental Protection Agency was finally moved Thursday out of the Environment and Public Works Committee to the full Senate. But the party-line vote of 10 Democrats and eight Republicans suggested more turbulence ahead, as the Senate Democrats will need the support of at least five Republicans to reach a filibuster-proof majority for confirmation.

Hardball tactics aren’t justified in the case of a nominee who worked for Republican governors in Massachusetts and Connecticut — including Mitt Romney — and had the respect of many industry lobbyists before being tapped for her current post as chief of the EPA’s air and radiation division. Back then, in 2009, she was confirmed by a voice vote.

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