Chicago, IL (December 10, 2008)- An official with the Obama transition team announced the President-elect has chosen candidates for the posts of Energy Secretary, Adminstrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and new senior post within the White House on climate and energy policy. Nobel prize-winning physicist Steven Chu will head the Department of Energy, while former head of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Lisa Jackson will lead the EPA and former EPA administrator Carol Browner will be the in-house expert.
Chu is coming from his position as the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. During his tenure, Chu sought to make the laboratory “the world leader in alternative and renewable energy research, particularly the development of carbon-neutral sources of energy,” according the laboratory’s website.
Obama’s selections have garnered support from the environmental community. “These are… wins for the environment,” said Frances Beinecke, president of the National Resources Defense Council.
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