President-elect Joe Biden has selected the team that will develop the United States’ plan to tackle climate change when he assumes office next month.
“We literally have no time to waste,” Biden said when announcing his picks.
“Folks, we’re in a crisis,” he continued. “Just like we need a unified national response to COVID-19, we need a unified national response to climate change. We need to meet the moment with the urgency it demands as we would during any national emergency.”
Biden announced last week that Deb Haaland has been selected to be the first-ever Native American Cabinet Secretary. She will serve as the Secretary of the Interior.
5 other names were tapped to serve on Biden’s climate team last week as well. They include the former Governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm. She has been selected as Biden’s Secretary of Energy. Granholm served as Michigan Governor from 2003 until 2011 and worked with the Obama-Biden administration to protect automotive jobs in the state during the industry’s crisis in 08-10.
Michael Regan has been selected to lead the Environmental Protection Agency for the Biden-Harris administration. He has worked for the EPA under both Democratic and Republican Presidents to improve regulations, reduce pollution, and improve energy efficiency. Provided his nomination goes through, Regan will be the first Black man to head up the EPA.
Lawyer Brenda Mallory has been tapped by the Biden team as the next Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. Mallory was the top lawyer for the EPA under the Obama-Biden administration. She is a graduate of Yale College and the Columbia University School of Law.
Gina McCarthy has been selected to lead the newly created White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy. She will be the country’s first-ever National Climate Advisor. She is the current President and CEO of the Natural Resources Defense Council. McCarthy is also formerly the 13th administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Alli Zaidi has been selected as Deputy National Climate Advisor. He is the current New York’s Deputy Secretary for Energy and Environment and helped negotiate the Paris Climate Agreement that Joe Biden is expected to re-join on his first day in office.
“This team will advance the President-elect’s agenda leading the world to confront the climate crisis — creating good-paying jobs, building resilient communities, and making historic investments in environmental justice,” reads a statement from the Biden-Harris transition team.
Biden’s selections also represent his team’s commitment to building a diverse administration.
“I’m going to keep my commitment that the administration, both in the White House and outside in the Cabinet, is going to look like the country,” Biden said to CNN.
“And when it’s all over people will take a look and say, I promise you, you’ll see the most diverse Cabinet representative of all folks, Asian Americans, African Americans, Latinos, LGBTQ, across the board.”
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