Newly confirmed EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy recently delivered a speech on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating jobs in the energy industry. According to Energy In Depth, her remarks included the statement that:

“Responsible development of natural gas is an important part of our work to curb climate change and support a robust clean energy market at home. It also has huge potential to help power our factories and our vehicles, while at the same time cutting our dependence on foreign oil.”

She also touted the natural gas industry’s potential for job creation, stating that:

“Industry experts predict that natural gas alone can support more than 600,000 jobs by the end of the decade. Right now, this industry is supporting nearly 140,000 jobs in Colorado.”

McCarthy was recently confirmed on July 18 after a 136 day confirmation battle in the Senate.