U.S. President Joe Biden’s National Climate Adviser shrugged off efforts by the previous administration to roll back Obama-era environmental regulations, noting that those policy actions were largely unsuccessful.

“[The Trump] administration was very unusual in terms of the wholesale turnabout they tried to make,” Gina McCarthy said at the CERAWeek by IHS Markit virtual conference on March 4. “But in the courts, even with new appointees under the Trump administration as judges, we still won over and over and over again because there is a law in our country. When you put on that black robe, you tend to want to do your job, and we have seen that time and time again.”

McCarthy, who served as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama, also reassured the oil and gas industry that Biden’s climate plan was not a zero-sum game. The administration’s support for cleaner fuels and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions is not an indication that it does not back a resilient and vibrant energy sector.

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