President-elect Joe Biden has announced nominations and appointments of his climate team, including former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, according to a Dec. 17 statement.
The statement on the website of Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris also noted that the other nominations and appointments are:
- Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior
- Michael Regan, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Brenda Mallory, Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)
- Gina McCarthy, National Climate Advisor
- Ali Zaidi, Deputy National Climate Advisor
Harris noted in the statement, in part, “From the wildfires across California and the west to the storms battering our coasts, our climate crisis is a grave and growing threat to the American people and the planet we all share.”
Biden said in the statement, in part, that the team “will meet this moment with the urgency it demands — and seize the opportunity to build back better with good-paying union jobs, climate-resilient infrastructure, and a clean energy future that benefits every single community.”
As noted in the statement, Granholm’s work during and after her two terms as governor of Michigan “has centered on creating clean energy jobs in America.”
The statement also noted that Haaland, who, if confirmed, would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary, “has spent her career fighting for families, including in Tribal Nations, rural communities, and communities of color.”
Regan, the statement noted, is the current secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, has served in the EPA under Democratic and Republican presidents, and has worked “to advance environmental justice and seek solutions to environmental and climate challenges.”
The statement also noted that Mallory, the current director of Regulatory Policy at the Southern Environmental Law Center, has worked “to solve climate challenges and advance environmental protection and environmental justice.”
If confirmed, the statement added, Mallory would be the first African American to hold the position at the CEQ since it was created more than half a century ago.
The statement noted that McCarthy will serve as the first National Climate Advisor, leading the newly formed White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy. McCarthy, according to the statement, “was a driving force behind the Obama-Biden” administration’s Clean Power Plan during her tenure as EPA administrator.
In addition, the statement noted that Zaidi, who immigrated from Pakistan and grew up in the Rust Belt outside Erie, Pa., helped draft and implement the Obama-Biden administration’s Climate Action Plan, as well as negotiate the Paris Climate Agreement.