President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday named members of his team that will spearhead his administration’s plan to tackle climate change, which he called “the existential threat of our time.”
Biden recalled that only this year, as a result of wildfires, huge areas in California, Washington and other states in the Western United States, comparable to the area of New Jersey, were burned out. Powerful hurricanes hit Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina and other parts of the United States.
“Friends, we are in a crisis situation,” the president-elect said.
Biden stressed that he will re-join the United States to the Paris climate agreement.
The president-elect has announced that he will nominate Congresswoman Deb Haaland, a representative of the Pueblo Native American people, to the office of Home Secretary.
Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm will be nominated for the post of Energy Secretary.
Biden nominated Michael Regan, who currently heads the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Biden nominated Brenda Mallory as chairman of the Environmental Quality Council, whom he described as “a seasoned civil servant” and “an excellent environmental lawyer.”
Biden announced the introduction of the post of National Climate Adviser, to which former EPA head Gene McCarthy will be appointed. Ali Zaidi, who served as chief climate advisor to President Obama, will be appointed her deputy.