The Senate confirmed on Wednesday Michael Regan as the new Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the mission of enforcing policies against the “climate crisis.”
Regan was confirmed with 66 votes in favor and 34 against for his new position, which has ministerial rank.
Regan, a 44-year-old African-American, began his professional career as a civil servant precisely at the EPA, before being appointed in 2017 as North Carolina’s Secretary of Environmental Quality.
Regan’s main mission will be to implement Biden’s environmental policies, which have among their objectives to eliminate fossil fuels from the electric grid by 2035 and reduce vehicle emissions.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who voted against Regan’s confirmation, said this Biden program is “a far-left war on American energy.”
Regan’s was the third Senate confirmation of Biden’s Cabinet members of the day.
In addition to the new EPA Administrator, the Senate confirmed Merrick Garland as the new Attorney General by a 70-30 vote and Marcia Fudge as the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by a 66-34 vote.
With these three votes, the Senate has now confirmed 16 of Biden’s 23 cabinet members.