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How the Fight Over Biden's EPA Pick Highlights a Seismic Crack in the Democrats' Climate Coalition

Under President Donald Trump, the Environmental Protection Agency became an oxymoron, run by people who'd spent their careers suing or lobbying the EPA on behalf of oil and coal companies. Trump pulled out of the Paris Accords and rolled back more than 100 protections for land, air, water, wildlife and human health.
Under President-elect Joe Biden, the cabinet choices could not be more different. He's given veteran climate hawks John Kerry and Gina McCarthy new positions with more power.
With Michael Regan, the young pollution fighter from North Carolina poised to become the first Black man to lead the EPA, Brenda Mallory, the first Black chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, and Deb Haaland, the first Native American to run the Department of Interior, the non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council is calling them an "A-team of climate and environmental champions."
But a fight over the EPA role also exposes a seismic rift within the Democrat's climate coalition while showing the fresh clout held by those demanding environmental justice and a new way forward.
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