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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  | Category:  Cabinet
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shēngtàixué shi yàojin - fēichángganxiè Obama zongtong.

Posted by: supporter | December 17, 2008 9:33 AM

My predictions haven't been always wrong.

Posted by: JakeD | December 16, 2008 12:17 AM

What's with the
Grumpy Ole Puckerbutts?

Posted by: kevinschmidt | December 16, 2008 12:07 AM

Oooohh, George Jones5, you've got your mojo working.

Posted by: robert26 | December 15, 2008 10:09 PM

I want to thank Marie Devine for reminding us how dependent and philosophically challenged we have become.

Posted by: robert26 | December 15, 2008 10:05 PM

Oh god, more paranoid and stupid from Jake D. who apparently has nothing else to do--which is why his "opinions" are so unhinged.

Posted by: robert26 | December 15, 2008 10:01 PM

Yes JakeD... but the thing is your predictions also ALWAYS tend to be completely wrong. So pointing out that it's ALWAYS been your prediction doesn't really tell us why we should take it seriously. You've demonstrated complete and total cluelessness on a regular basis all over the internet in these little comment areas and you're not showing any signs of improving.

Here's my prediction: you're going to keep spouting conspiracy theory nonsense about Obama not becoming president right up until the last minute. Then the inauguration will happen and he'll be president, and there will be much rejoicing. Then you'll find a new ridiculous idea to play with endlessly and will refuse to shut up about *that*... and we;ll get to see you running all over the internet telling everyone who will listen that Obama is secretly plotting to annex Canada or something.

Posted by: gcomeau2013 | December 15, 2008 8:54 PM

There is no real change in Obama’s choices for cabinet positions. He “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.”

Our solutions are found in the scriptures and are prophecy written on the United Nations' building:
Isaiah 2:4: "They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks and they shall learn war no more."

If we turned from our employment lifestyle that causes stress, pollution, disease and high health care costs, global warming, wars, energy crisis, food crisis, reoccurring financial crises, crime and social security insufficiencies, we would not need a global warming policy and energy and climate change green jobs and expensive projects to employ the people. We would not need the president-elects other promises of universal health care, social services like welfare and pre-kindergarten child care and social security would not be necessary.

The "New Deal" of past recessions caused the lifestyle that has created our world problems. There is no wisdom in getting deeply into debt to create more of a destructive and dangerous lifestyle. We do not need more science or a new post; we need understanding that we are going the wrong way and we need real change to a retirement lifestyle where we create a garden paradise with all our needs met in beauty and abundance in our neighborhood. We need true freedom and independence that is fair and available to all people. We need an environment that does not break down and need to be repaired with massive amounts of tax money. We need the change we expected, something that would make our lives easier.

Barack Obama is a charismatic leader who will not prosper us by borrowing big economic stimulus packages for new forms of energy for climate protection. It would still take polluting energy to create them. We will still be working away from families, buying insurance for autos, health and homes, buying energy from domestic suppliers, dealing with daily stress of child care, college tuition, sons in military, and conflicts over abortion, marriages, and religion. There is no change in Barack Obama's energy and climate team.

Posted by: MarieDevine | December 15, 2008 8:44 PM

My prediction has ALWAYS been that Obama would not be sworn in as President.

Posted by: JakeD | December 15, 2008 8:14 PM

Read that other thread, and you can ask me any questions about my prediction there : )

Posted by: JakeD | December 15, 2008 8:04 PM

The stench of corruption hangs low over the Obama transition as Richardson is pulled into the vortex. Soon trillions of federal dollars will be splooged into the nimble old hands of these appointed kleptocrats.

Posted by: georgejones5 | December 15, 2008 8:04 PM

Really JakeD,
I thought even you would have come around by now....What has your crystal ball shown you that's going to keep the inauguration from taking place as planned?

(If you're still using that old, scuffed up one that you were peering into during the primaries, you should probably send it in for some service.

Posted by: fnlorrain | December 15, 2008 7:55 PM

It's not just Blagojevich that could sink Obama. I posted several of the many upcoming possibilities at "Obama Train Trip, Echoes of Lincoln" thread.

Posted by: JakeD | December 15, 2008 7:33 PM

Good grief JakeD, haven't you found something new to obsess about yet? Get it through your thick skull, Obama won. He's going to be president. The electoral college just finalized it today for cripes sake, what in the world do you think is going to prevent the inauguration? Time travelers jumping back and altering the outcome of the election? Aliens abducting Obama before he can make it to Washington?

And who is giving Obama a "break" here exactly? The indictment never even suggested he or his team were implicated. the prosecutor went out of his way to make that clear. There has been ZERO evidence he was in any way involved. And now he's got a report ready to go detailing the full extent of his team's interactions with the Governor during the transition waiting for public release and only being delayed because the prosecutors themselves have explicitly requested it. What are the evil liberal media not telling us that you somehow know JakeD? Please do enlighten us. The proper criticism of the MSM here is that they have unfairly tried to associate Obama with Blagojevich constantly ever since this broke even though there was no grounds for doing so. That's kind of the opposite of giving him a break.

Posted by: gcomeau2013 | December 15, 2008 7:23 PM

I hope the "green team" gets busy working on making America energy independent! It would cost the equivalent of 60 cents per gallon to charge and drive an electric car. The elec to charge the car could be generated by wind or solar partially or in whole. If all gasoline cars, trucks, and suv’s instead had plug-in electric drivetrains, the amount of electricity needed to replace gasoline is about equal to the estimated wind energy potential of the state of North Dakota. Jeff Wilson has a fascinating article on his Better Place Blog called "How Much Electricity Does It Take To Replace Gasoline?" you can read it at... http://planet.betterplace.com/profiles/blogs/how-much-electricity-does-it

Posted by: BeyondGreen | December 15, 2008 7:11 PM

The MSM gave Obama a major break all the way leading up to Election Day. Why should today be any different?

Here's my prediction: Barack HUSSEIN Obama, Jr. (assuming that Sr. is even his real father) will NOT be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009.

Posted by: JakeD | December 15, 2008 6:57 PM

The roll out went well enough. Obama handled the few Blago questions well, although the press gave him a major break by not pressing the issue further. Mainly, did Obama and his team delay after being approached by Fitzgerald, or was it vice versa?

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | December 15, 2008 6:45 PM

Maybe CiCi can inform you how things really work under the U.S. Constitution ...

Posted by: JakeD | December 15, 2008 6:34 PM

I thought WaPo was claiming that Obama was "formally nominating" and the Senate was "confirming" all such positions well before January 20, 2009?

Posted by: JakeD | December 15, 2008 6:25 PM

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