WASHINGTON -- President Obama is expected Monday to name Massachusetts Institute of Technology nuclear physicist Ernest J. Moniz to lead the Energy Department, and the Environmental Protection Agency's clean-air chief, Gina McCarthy, to run that agency, according to a White House official.
The nomination of McCarthy, 58, is likely to draw fire from congressional Republicans who, over the last four years, have attacked the EPA's new regulations to cut air pollution, including emissions of greenhouse gases, as job-killing government overreach.
Obama's choice of McCarthy also would signal that he is poised to make good on the more aggressive rhetoric he has used lately about the urgency of addressing climate change, environmentalists said.
From 1997 until January 2001, Moniz worked in the Clinton administration as undersecretary of the Department of Energy. Before that, he was associate director for science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House.