President-elect Joe Biden finally announced the key members of his environmental team on December 19th. He made a declaration that his administration will connect the effort to reduce planet-warming emissions by restoring the economy and creating jobs.
The climate team will be “ready on day one, which is essential because we literally have no time to waste.”
President-elect Biden vowed to make combating climate change essential to rebuilding the pandemic-hit US economy. He also stressed the diversity of his climate appointees, describing them as “brilliant, qualified, and tested.” When Biden announced his key members of his environmental team, he said that his administration would make a unified response to climate change a priority.
Biden’s team will “lead his administration’s ambitious plan to address an existential threat of our time — climate change.” Just like we need a unified nation to respond to Covid-19, we need a unified national response to climate change,” Biden said.
Climate Team – Ready on Day One…
U.S. Representative Deb Haaland of New Mexico will lead the Department of the Interior. This department will apply sound science to manage and sustain America’s lands, water, wildlife, and energy resources. Key to this appointment is Haaland being the first Native American to run a Cabinet-level agency. In her role, she will be a new and strong voice which will honor our nation’s responsibilities to tribal nations and advocate for America’s island communities. Former Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm has been selected Energy Secretary. Gina McCarthy, who was the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator during President Obama’s second term, will lead a new White House Office of Climate Policy. McCarthy will serve as the National Climate Adviser.
North Carolina’s top environmental regulator Michael Regan is nominated to lead the EPA for Biden’s environmental team. If Regan’s position is confirmed, he would be the first Black American to run an agency. Brenda Mallory, an environmental attorney, is Biden’s nominee to direct the Council on Environmental Quality. If confirmed, she would also be the first Black American to hold this position since it was created half a century ago. Biden has also named former secretary John Kerry as an International Presidential Envoy on climate change.