Obama Rolls Out Energy and Climate Team
By Anne E. Kornblut
President-elect Barack Obama said he plans to tap his choice for secretary of the interior later this week, a move that will round out the climate change and energy team he rolled out on at news conference this afternoon.
Obama, promising to address global warming and energy sources, formally named the rest of his team today: physics Nobel laureate Dr. Steven Chu as his Energy Secretary; Lisa Jackson as his Environmental Protection Agency Administrator; Nancy Sutley as his chair of the Council on Environmental Quality; and Carol Browner as assistant to the president for Energy and Climate Change, a new post.
At the news conference in Chicago, Obama said Chu, an academic, "values science." The president-elect, now just weeks away from assuming office, met with former vice president Al Gore to discuss climate change, part of a return-to-science approach that Obama promised during the campaign.
Obama described his team as uniquely qualified to confront the challenge of climate change, saying that past promises to seek renewable energy sources, long unfulfilled, must now be met.
"This time has to be different. This time we cannot fail, nor can we be lulled into complacency just because the price at the pump has gone down, for now, from $4 per gallon," Obama said, acknowledging the impact of falling gas prices. He may also, his aides admit, have difficulty overhauling the nation's approach to energy in the midst of an economic crisis that has frozen new investments and wiped out research and development. But Obama promised a "new energy economy," starting with his economic recovery program, that not only protects the environment but also creates jobs, makes businesses more efficient and improves national security.
Posted at 6:10 PM ET on Dec 15, 2008
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