In announcing his choices for his energy and environment team yesterday, Barack Obama said, "The future of our economy and national security is inextricably linked to one challenge: energy."
Both industry and environmental groups have expressed support for the choices of Dr Steven Chu for Secretary of Energy, Lisa Jackson for EPA Administrator, Nancy Sutley to be Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Carol Browner for Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change (otherwise known as the 'Energy Czar') and Heather Zichal for Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change.
Here is some of what is being said about them:Obama Putting Words Into Action: NRDC
With these critical selections, President-elect Obama is launching the country in a bold new direction on energy and the environment. President-elect Obama has assembled a great team with the expertise, experience and political skills to make significant advancements to the country's pressing environmental issues. With these selections, Mr. Obama is putting words into action that he will move toward clean energy solutions, take on global warming and jump-start the economy. These are individuals who will restore scientific integrity to the federal government, protect public health and defend our country's natural resources.
New Administration Very Serious About Energy Policy: T. Boone Pickens
The nominations of Dr. Steven Chu and Carol Browner are excellent signals that the new Administration is going to be very serious about developing a national energy policy which is strong on alternative fuels, on using domestic resources and on conservation.
Energy Czar Position Shows Deep Climate Change Commitment: Environmental Defense Fund
This new position reflects a deep commitment to leadership on climate change, and Carol Browner brings the perfect combination of experience andÂ driveÂ to the job. She understands that solving climate change will help rebuild our economy.
Chu 'Gets' Climate Change & Renewable Energy: Applied Materials CEO
It is so incredibly important to have an Energy Secretary who 'gets' the enormity of the climate-change challenges we face and knows the key role that clean, renewable energy plays in addressing those challenges.
TreeHugger readers weigh in: Are you happy with these choices? Who would you have preferred be nominated? Debate amongst yourselves.
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