Future US President Joe Biden wants the US to take global leadership in the fight against global warming. Obama confidants should help.
According to insiders, President-elect Joe Biden is considering Gina McCarthy and Michael Regan for high-level positions on climate policy. McCarthy will be responsible for coordinating climate policy between federal agencies on the domestic front, and Regan will be head of the EPA environmental agency, two people familiar with the matter said.
McCarthy was previously the head of the EPA under former President Barack Obama. Regan currently heads the environmental agency for the US state of North Carolina. Until now, Mary Nichols, a member of the California State’s CARB Environmental Committee, has been the first choice for the post.
Biden confirmed that he wanted to convene a climate summit for the major economic powers in the first 100 days of his term. His government will tighten up the United States’ climate goals and put the country on a path that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. Biden announced that he would listen to and work with young “activists”.
Biden will be sworn in on January 20. He succeeds US President Donald Trump, who withdrew the US from the Paris climate protection agreement. Biden has announced that former United States Secretary of State John Kerry will be appointed a special climate envoy on the White House National Security Council. The future president wants the US to take global leadership in the fight against global warming.