The ongoing transition from the Trump to the Biden Administration continues and received a new dose of energy with the Electoral College vote this week affirming Mr. Biden’s Presidential victory. He has nominated a number of Cabinet level officials of interest to CPA, including:
- Jennifer Granholm, Secretary of Energy: Former Governor of Michigan, presently law professor at UC Berkeley
- Peter Buttigieg, Secretary of Transportation: Former Mayor of South Bend, IN, most recently Democratic Candidate for President
- Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture: Former Ag Secretary and Governor of Iowa
- John Kerry, Climate Ambassador (of sorts): Former U.S. Senator, former candidate for President and Vice President
- Gina McCarthy, White House Climate Czar: Former EPA Administrator, former Massachusetts Environmental Official
- Michael Regan, EPA Administrator: Presently Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, previously an EPA employee
- Debra Haaland, Secretary of the Interior: Congresswoman from New Mexico, and if confirmed would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary.
What is clear from the list of individuals thus far nominated by President-elect Biden, is that the issue of climate change will be front and center beginning early in 2021 and accordingly will be a key focus of CPA advocacy next year.