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E-M:/ Rumored Obama Picks Form Green Dream Team

December 11, 2008
Contact: joshua_mcneil@lcv.org 202.454.4573

Rumored Obama Picks Form Green Dream Team

Responding to reports of the choice of Carol Browner to fill a new White House position overseeing energy, the environment and climate policies;  Steven Chu as Secretary of Energy; Nancy Sutley as the head of the Council on Environmental Quality; and Lisa Jackson as EPA Administrator, LCV President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement:

“These selections form a green dream team that will help President-elect Obama’s vision for solving our economic and global warming challenges through clean energy become a reality.”

"Carol Browner's unparalleled knowledge of the policy, players and politics of energy and global warming is matched only by her unwavering commitment to repower America with a clean energy economy. President-elect Obama is wise to create a position that will coordinate climate change policy between agencies and departments, and Carol Browner is the perfect candidate for that vital role.”

(Note: Browner currently serves on the Board of Directors of the League of Conservation Voters)

“Steven Chu has proven himself not only as one of the world’s great energy scientists, but also as a powerful advocate for fighting the effects of global warming.  The choice of a Nobel Prize winning scientist to head the Department of Energy foreshadows a new age for energy policy, one in which we decide our country’s energy future based on science instead of politics.”

“Lisa Jackson and Governor John Corzine have helped push through vital environmental reforms and New Jersey has been a leader in capping global warming pollution.  Her reputation suggests that Ms. Jackson has the outstanding intellect, courage, and political instincts she will need to undo President Bush’s shameful legacy at EPA.”

Warner Chabot, CEO of the California League of Conservation Voters, commented on the choice of Nancy Sutley:

“Nancy Sutley is one of the most intelligent, ethical, and effective policy leaders in California.  Today’s  environmental issues are incredibly complex and solutions must address economic, scientific, and political factors.  Nancy has a comprehensive understanding of every element of this debate and will be a powerful leader for the Council on Environmental Quality.”