This week’s episode features Margo T. Oge, 32-year veteran of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who was at the forefront of U.S. policies reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. We talk about vehicle electrification, the Inflation Reduction Act and why she thinks the U.S. will lead on EVs.
Margo T. Oge, Distinguished Fellow, Climate Works Foundation
“Seeing the investments by government and seeing the investments of the industry towards electrification or zero emission technologies excites me. It excites me that there is a hope not to reduce completely the impacts of climate change across the planet, but there is a hope that it can minimize the most severe impacts that the planet is already facing from climate change.”
Margo T. Oge is the former Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, a position that culminated a 32-year career with the EPA. During her 18-year tenure, she was the chief architect of the most important achievements in the history of air pollution control in the U.S. transportation sector. These included programs that reduced emissions from gasoline and diesel-fueled automobiles, trucks, buses, and off-road vehicles by up to 99 percent. She led the EPA’s development of the first-ever national greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and heavy-duty trucks, helped establish the Renewable Fuels Standard, and was instrumental in establishing the United Nations process on global harmonization of transportation emissions standards, worldwide. She is a member of the Volkswagen Group’s International Sustainability Council and the Chair of the board of the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). She also serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the board of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and as a member of the Advisory Committee of the US Global Change Research Program.