Joe Biden to announce picks for core climate and energy jobs

Vastavam web: President-elect Joe Biden is close to announcing a slate of Cabinet nominees who will be central to his administration’s sweeping plan to fight climate change, according to sources familiar with the matter. The picks include a diverse list of nominees to head the departments of Energy, Transportation and the Interior, as well as a new office leading domestic climate policy coordination at the White House, the sources said.

The agenda is intended to help the United States and the rest of the world avoid the worst effects of global warming, while creating millions of clean-energy jobs. But the plan was a lightning rod of contention during the presidential contest, with Republican President Donald Trump and his allies arguing it was unnecessary and would bankrupt the country. McCarthy, 66, would oversee domestic climate change policy efforts across all government agencies and departments, and serve as a counterpart to former Secretary of State John Kerry, whom Biden appointed as his special envoy on climate change.

Her deputy will be Ali Zaidi, chairman of climate policy and finance for New York state, according to the sources. Biden has also tapped Pete Buttigieg to lead the U.S. Transportation Department, making him the first of Biden’s Democratic rivals for the presidency to land a role in his Cabinet, Biden’s team confirmed. “This is a moment of tremendous opportunity-to create jobs, meet the climate challenge, and enhance equity for all,” Buttigieg said later in a tweet. The appointment of Buttigieg, 38, is another step in a meteoric political rise for the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and would put him in charge of a sprawling federal agency that oversees the nation’s airlines, highways and transit systems – the biggest source of U.S. emissions.

Source: Reuters