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President-elect Barack Obama announced his nomination of Rep. Ray LaHood (R-IL) to the post of transportation secretary on Friday at a Chicago press conference. LaHood, who has represented Illinois’ 18th congressional district since 1995, is the first Arab-American to be chosen for a seat in Obama’s cabinet.
President-elect Barack Obama’s newly announced energy and environmental leaders are not likely to lack for ideas for addressing energy and climate change concerns, given the public interest reflected on change.gov, the transition’s own website. A new feature of the site, Your Seat at the Table, allows organizations and members of the public to track the transition’s daily activities, and to leave comments and post policy ideas for Obama’s team.
President-elect Barack Obama announced his nominees (Bloomberg) for energy secretary, Environmental Protection Agency chief, and head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality at a press conference in Chicago on Monday. The Los Angeles Times looks at reactions to the picks among scientists and environmental groups.
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President-elect Barack Obama has reportedly selected his nominees (WSJ) to top energy and environmental posts in his incoming administration. His picks will face a tall policy order, including dealing with the challenges of climate change, decreasing U.S. dependence on foreign oil, and converting the country to alternative energy sources.
Though the incoming presidential administration has indicated its first priority will be repairing the troubled U.S. economy, President-elect Barack Obama emphasized throughout his campaign that combating climate change will also be a top agenda item. Obama plans to reduce U.S. greenhouse gases by 80 percent by 2050, and has pledged to create millions of “green jobs.” At a symposium on policy and strategies to combat climate change Tuesday, business leaders seemed to agree Obama should institute a federal cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions.
The Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism briefed Vice President-elect Joe Biden and Secretary of Homeland Security nominee Janet Napolitano on its latest report Wednesday. In remarks at the briefing (AFP), Biden said the United States is “not doing all we can to prevent the world’s most lethal weapons from winding up in the hands of terrorists.”