“The whole notion that deregulation is a bad word is fundamentally fraud. You don’t need more regulations to continue to achieve environmental progress. And we’ve proved that out over the scope of the Trump administration. You can actually be much more efficient with less regulatory actions on the books because you have the people who have to comply with these regulations—whether it’s a business or someone in the extractive industries or someone driving around in their vehicles and having some derivative business off of that.” — Mandy Gunasekara, chief architect of Paris Accords withdrawal and former chief-of-staff to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler

In Episode 248 of District of Conservation, Gabriella sits down with Mandy Gunasekara, former chief-of-staff to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, at a local DC-area coffee shop. 

Mandy, like Gabriella, is a Visiting Fellow with Independent Women’s Forum. The veteran Republican environment and climate staffer also runs Section VII Strategies alongside her husband in Oxford, MS.

Gabriella and Mandy cover a wide range of topics: Mandy being the chief architect behind both the Paris Accord pullout and Clean Power Plan withdrawal, her return to EPA in 2020, her old boss being considered for Virginia Natural Resources Secretary under Youngkin administration, and current events. Tune in!

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  • Gabriella Hoffman

    Gabriella Hoffman is a Media Strategist and Award-Winning Outdoor Writer. She hosts the "District of Conservation" podcast and CFACT's original YouTube series "Conservation Nation." Learn more about her work at www.gabriellahoffman.com