US environment protection chief says reforms to outlast Obama

The United States has pledged to reduce its own emissions by 26-28 percent by 2025 compared to 2005, and has prodded others to take similar stepsAs Barack Obama’s political foes vow to shred his environmental reforms and foreign allies worry US commitments at Paris climate talks could unravel, EPA administrator Gina McCarthy told AFP the new rules are here to stay. “Every decision that we have made has been bounded in climate science and bounded in the laws of the United States,” said McCarthy, the Environmental Protection Agency boss tasked with implementing the president’s climate agenda. Republicans, from Donald Trump to Jeb Bush, have promised to tear up Obama’s “job destroying” regulations after the 2016 elections.

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