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Margo T. Oge
Margo Oge is the author of the forthcoming book, DRIVING THE FUTURE: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars, to be published in April 2015 by Arcade. Oge served under the United States Environmental Protection Agency for over 30 years. Most recently, she was the former director of the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality(OTAQ). Previously, she was the director of the Office of Radiation and Indoor Air. As director of OTAQ, she has been instrumental in the EPA’s efforts to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. transportation sector. Under her leadership, EPA finalized two significant rules in 2010: the Agency’s first-ever national greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and trucks and the final expanded renewable fuels standard, which will significantly increase the volume of biofuels in our nation’s fuel supply. Other successes completed by EPA under Oge’s guidance include the clean Tier 2 vehicle and gasoline sulfur program, the 2007 clean diesel truck and bus program, and the clean non-road diesel engine and fuels program. To recognize her leadership in shepherding the Tier 2 and heavy duty diesel rules to fruition, Oge was the first nonpolitical appointee to be awarded the Woman of Achievement Award from the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment. In addition, she was a recipient of the 2004 Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award for her outstanding leadership on environmental transportation issues and is a previous winner of the Presidential Meritorious Award. In 2009, she received the California Air Resources Board’s Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award for her efforts to protect California air quality and public health.

Entries by Margo T. Oge

Blowing Smoke at Global Warming

(112) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 5:18 PM

In 1993, my office at the Environmental Protection Agency released a landmark study that created panic among tobacco industry executives. A result of years of scientific research, the report determined that secondhand smoke was a deadly threat to non-smokers, killing at least 3,000 Americans from lung cancer every...

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Let American Ingenuity Lead the Way on Climate Change -- Again!

(9) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 8:35 AM

On Monday June 2, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a regulation that would cut carbon pollution from power plants up to 30 percent by 2030. Within hours, House Speaker John Boehner delivered his response: "The president's plan is nuts. There's really no more succinct way to describe it." But...

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