US president-elect Joe Biden introduced his new climate and energy team on Saturday during a media avail in Wilmington, Del. that focused on steering the country toward greater action to curb climate change and to protect the nation’s air and water.
The incoming Biden team will try to undo or block many of the current administration’s initiatives including re-joining the Paris agreement. There also will be an emphasis on looking out for the low-income, working-class and minority communities hit hardest by fossil fuel pollution and climate change.
Nominated to lead the Interior Department, New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland would be the first Native American in the role, which has wielded influence over the nation’s tribes for generations. Former two-term Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm was nominated to be energy secretary. North Carolina official Michael Regan, if confirmed by the Senate, would be the first African American man to run the Environmental Protection Agency.
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