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Obama to Announce Energy, Environment Team Monday

By Anne E. Kornblut

President-elect Barack Obama will announce his energy and environment team late Monday afternoon at a news conference in Chicago -- continuing a steady roll-out of his Cabinet, which is now nearly complete.

Obama is expected to name Carol Browner, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, as the head of a new policy council to coordinate climate, environment and energy issues. He is also planning to make official other choices: Steven Chu, a Nobel laureate in physics, as his energy secretary; Lisa Jackson, the chief of staff for New Jersey's governor, as head of the EPA; and Nancy Sutley, deputy mayor of Los Angeles, as head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Obama is expected to take questions at the news conference, and is all but certain to face continued queries about the contacts between his aides and disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is accused of trying to effectively sell Obama's open Senate seat. The Illinois legislature is convening this week to debate potentially impeaching Blagojevich, who may resign as early as Monday.

By Patricia E. Gaston  |  December 14, 2008; 4:39 PM ET
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Its noble of President elect Obama to bring into his administration people such as Steven Chu who is familiar with alternative energy sources but where are the economists focusing on the financial end of this????

Posted by: Rhonda5 | December 16, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

I agree with slvn; if this is Obama's environmental team, there is a big gaping hole in it unless he is also planning to announce his pick for Interior. I could also see Ag as part of the environmental team. The headline for this article is misleading.

Posted by: blackhorde | December 15, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

That word "Team" keep showing up in these press reports. But Bush assembled ans all star team that lost every game. The missing element was 'chemistry. .............

Posted by: glclark4750 | December 15, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

The only thing the far right has left are conspiracy theories hatched under their tin foil hats, orchestrated by their patron saints of hate; o'reilly, bimbaugh, hannity, et al. They cannot stand the thought of our country emerging from the dark cloud aka the bush regime.

What we are now seeing is a collection of the best and the brightest, a diverse collection of intellect and experience, and some of the finest citizens in our country, coming together under a true transformational leader. I know you all can't stand the thought of your country successfully surviving the bush regime, but guess what, if we have any chance at all, it will be under leadership such as that offered by the Obama team. Your option only continued the appeals to the lowest common denominator, fear and hate. Obama offers competence and a ideas worth executing.

In closing, some of you are seriously in need of professional psychiatric help. If you cannot see the facts on the ground and the fundamental differences between the incoming administration and the soon to be banished, you are sick. Semper Fidelis

Posted by: nrringlee | December 15, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Since the Republican Party has demonstrated its utter blithering incompetence at running this nation, all that they have left is to urinate all over the guy who is now trying his best to do the job. Like, Obama is a Democrat from Illinois. Bleepojevich is a Democrat from Illinois. That proves it! He's guilty by association.

Posted by: cwh2 | December 14, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

The stench of corruption hangs low over the Obama transition

Posted by: georgejones5 | December 14, 2008 7:58 PM |



Funny, all I smell is the lingering stink of the Bush people and a change in the wind.

Posted by: Attucks | December 14, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

The stench of corruption hangs low over the Obama transition

Posted by: georgejones5 | December 14, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Alternative energy even with tax cuts and infinitives are priced out of reach for the average Joe. Those that rent are out of luck for any kind of structural changes. That price doesn’t have to stop us from using green energy, collectively we can build green power plants sound to big for 1 person or even 10 it is. But by asking the environmental groups to come together they can. They can do it by setting up donation fund for the actual building of green power plants. Asking for legislation to help with this is great but they are two slow, and we need energy independence now. Please sign this petition to bring them together to start bringing us green energy

Posted by: iamright1 | December 14, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Seems weird to announce this group if he's not also ready to announce an interior secretary, whom I would think would be a key part of the energy and environment team.

Posted by: slvn | December 14, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

President-elect Obama promised the American people, during the campaign, that he would have the most transparent and open administration ever!

If this is true, why hasn't he made Rahm Emmanuel available to answer what he and Blago discussed?

We are waiting.

Posted by: JoeJankovic | December 14, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Why is Obama bothering having these news conferences until he gives all the information on the Blago case so that the media will move on?

I think the smart thing to do is no more news conferences until Obama releases all the information on Blago contacts. The Obama team didn't do anything wrong.

Posted by: maritza1 | December 14, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure the rollout will be well planned and very nice, with a big presser and fine reporters all picked out. Then it will degenerate into questions on Blago's scandal and Rahmbo's contacts. W

hat are the odds that there will be twice as many Blago Q's as those on energy or the new team?

Posted by: parkerfl1 | December 14, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

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