Who's who in Obama's green team
Here is an overview of Barack Obama's nominees in environmental posts for his Cabinet.
Carol Browner – Nominee for White House coordinator of energy and climate policy
In the new role created by Obama, Browner's job will be to prioritize and synchronize energy and climate work across the various departments and agencies of the federal government. Browner was head of the EPA during the entire Clinton administration, making her the longest-serving administrator in the agency's history. She also sits on the board of the Audubon Society, the League of Conservation Voters and the Alliance for Climate Protection, which advocates control of greenhouse gases. While at the EPA, Browmer was pivotal in enacting rules to strengthen the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1996 and the Food Quality Protection Act in 1997.
Steven Chu – Nominee for Secretary of Energy
Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Chu is one of the world's top researchers on alternative and renewable energy. He was an early advocate for finding scientific solutions to climate change, and his appointment is seen as a strong signal that science will be at the forefront of the Obama Administration's decision-making. "Steven Chu's appointment should send a signal to all that my Administration will value science, we will make decisions based on the facts, and we understand that the facts demand bold action," Obama said when he appointed him. Chu himself has already given an indication that he will push for strong action to tackle global warming. "Climate change is a growing and pressing problem," he said at his confirmation hearing on 13 January. "It is now clear that if we continue on our current path, we run the risk of dramatic, disruptive changes to our climate in the lifetimes of our children and grandchildren."
John P. Holdren – Nominee for Chief Science Adviser
John Holdren is a professor of environmental policy at Harvard University who has focused on the causes and consequences of climate change and advocates a strong and rapid global effort to address it. Holdren graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965 and has a Ph.D. from Stanford in aerospace engineering and plasma physics. He taught at the University of California at Berkeley for nearly 25 years before moving to Harvard in 1996. From 1994 to 2001, Holdren served on President Clinton's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. Since 2002, he has served as co-chair of the National Commission on Energy Policy. Holdren was also a lead author of the UN Scientific Expert Group's 2007 report on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.
Lisa Jackson – Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Lisa Jackson has twenty years of environmental administration experience under her belt and has served since 2006 as commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. In that position, she oversaw the implementation of the state's climate plan, which aims to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and to 80 per cent below 2006 levels by mid-century.
Jane Lubchenco – Nominee for Head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Jane Lubchenco, Obama's choice to head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a climate change scientist who has a strong interest in simplifying complex scientific issues in a way that can be easily understood by the public and legislators. A marine biologist at Oregon State, Lubchenco has served as President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She grew up in Colorado and received her PhD from Harvard University. Her range of research interests includes biodiversity, climate change, sustainability science and the state of the oceans.
Nancy Sutley – Nominee for Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality
While working at the Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton administration, Nancy Sutley helped craft stronger public health regulations for air pollutants. In her most recent job as deputy mayor for energy and environment in Los Angeles, Sutley was in charge of trying to implement Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's promises to make Los Angeles the greenest city in America, and to ensure that 20 per cent of its power is renewable by 2010. She has also worked on California's water board, deciphering byzantine allocation policies.