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Biden unveils diverse team tasked with ambitious climate agenda

  • Published at 02:43 am December 20th, 2020
Brenda Mallory
Brenda Mallory, US President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, speaks after Biden announced her nomination among another round of nominees and appointees for his administration in Wilmington, Delaware, US, December 19, 2020. REUTERS

Biden wants the United States to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

President-elect Joe Biden introduced his climate and energy team on Saturday, a history-making group that will seek to advance an ambitious climate agenda that reverses many Trump administration policies.

Michael Regan would become the first Black man to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) if confirmed by the Senate, and US Representative Deb Haaland, as interior secretary, would be the first Native American Cabinet member.

“Today’s nominees are ready on day one, which is essential because we literally have no time to waste,” Biden said at a media briefing in his home state of Delaware.

Biden, a Democrat who will be inaugurated on January 20, has vowed to make tackling climate change a top priority. But with a slim majority in the House of Representatives and control of the Senate still undecided, his agenda may see little success in Congress and instead rely on rules from his regulatory agencies to enact sweeping change.


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Biden, who served as vice president to President Barack Obama, tapped Obama’s EPA administrator, Gina McCarthy, to fill a new role as national climate adviser.

Former EPA chief Gina Mccarthy, US President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for National Climate Adviser, speaks after Biden announced her nomination among another round of nominees and appointees for his administration in Wilmington, Delaware, US, December 19, 2020. REUTERS

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm will be Biden’s energy secretary if confirmed.

Environmental groups have largely praised the team for its experience and diversity. But the powerful fossil fuel industry, which Biden has frequently criticized, has argued he must balance climate efforts with preserving jobs.

Biden wants the United States to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, which would require the world’s second-largest emitter to transform its economy including transportation, power generation and farming.

Biden diverges sharply from President Donald Trump, who withdrew Washington from the Paris climate accord and softened or dismantled climate regulations the administration deemed harmful to the economy.

Michael Regan, US President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Head of The Environmental Protection Agency, speaks after Biden announced his nomination among another round of nominees and appointees for his administration in Wilmington, Delaware, US, December 19, 2020. REUTERS

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he and Biden in a telephone call on Saturday, “reaffirmed our commitment to working together for the wellbeing of our peoples and nations.”

Lopez Obrador on Tuesday congratulated Biden on his election victory, six weeks after the November 3 vote, a delay that critics said risked alienating the incoming US president.

Trump on Saturday continued to falsely assert on Twitter that the election had been stolen from him through voter fraud.

The Republican president on Friday evening discussed with Sidney Powell, a lawyer formerly on his election challenge team, her potential appointment as a special government counsel to probe allegations of voter fraud, according to a source familiar with the meeting. Powell has promoted unproven conspiracy theories about rigged voting machines.

It was unclear whether Trump intended to move forward with the plan. Both White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and White House counsel Pat Cipollone strenuously objected to the idea, the source said.

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