As of noon Eastern time today, it is no longer “president-elect” but indeed President Barack Obama.
I have the privilege today of witnessing the historic swearing-in of our 44th president. I thought it might be fitting to review the people the new president has assembled to head up his energy and environment team:
- EPA Administrator: Lisa Jackson
Jackson spent 16 years at the Environmental Protection Agency and is the former commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, a job in which she has drawn some criticism.
- Energy Secretary: Steven Chu
Chu steps into the role of energy secretary from his position as head of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a research arm of the U.S. Department of Energy focused on renewable and alternative sources of energy. Chu’s work as a physicist won him and his colleagues the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize in Physics for developing methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light.
- Energy Czar: Carol Browner
Browner’s official job title is Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change. Browner served as EPA Administrator in the Clinton administration, being the longest serving administrator to hold the post. Browner has also served on the board for the Audubon Society, the League of Conservation Voters, the Center for American Progress, and on former vice-president Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection.
- Council on Environmental Quality: Nancy Sutley
Nancy Sutley is tapped to lead the Council on Environmental Quality. She heads to Washington from Los Angeles where she has served as Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment. Sutley has sat on the board of the California State Water Resources Board, served former California Gray Davis as an energy advisor, and was a senior policy advisor to the regional administrator of the EPA during the Clinton administration.