A former Environmental Protection Agency air-policy adviser who urged President Donald Trump to exit the Paris climate accord, will be coming back to the agency as its chief of staff, The Washington Post reported Friday.
Mandy Gunasekara left the EPA a year ago to start what she called a “pro-Trump nonprofit” in Mississippi. As head of the advocacy group Energy 45, she’s argued on behalf of the president’s support for fossil fuels and other energy policies, writing that his approach “has brought both economic prosperity and cleaner air and water,” the Post reported.
After joining the EPA in March 2017, she oversaw the agency’s Office of Air and Radiation on an acting basis for nearly eight months under then-Administrator Scott Pruitt.
According to the Post, Gunasekara, a lawyer by training, played a key role in working to scale back federal rules aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions and other forms of pollution, including replacing the Obama-era Clean Power Plan and federal gas-mileage standards.
“By ending President Trump’s energy policies, Democrats will destroy America’s economy, drive up energy costs, and end millions of American jobs,” Gunasekara tweeted Wednesday, along with a photo of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and the words “Wants 19 Million