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Obama picks top new EPA and energy team to focus on his "top priorities"

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04 March 2013
Obama picks top new EPA and energy team to focus on his "top priorities"

NEW YORK: President Obama today announced Gina McCarthy to head up the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Ernest Moniz to take on the role of Head of the Energy Department, in his second term.

During the press briefing to announce the two selections, President Obama said his newly picked officials are going to be “a great team” that will focus on his “top priorities going forward.”

President Obama continued: "These two over here, they're going to be making sure that we're investing in American energy, that we're doing everything that we can to combat the threat of climate change, that we're going to be creating jobs and economic opportunity in the first place."

Taking over the EPA from Lisa Jackson is Gina McCarthy, an assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. Gina worked for Republicans before joining the Obama administration, including advising Mitt Romney on climate and environmental issues.

Replacing Stephen Chu as the Energy Secretary is Ernest Moniz, a physicist from MIT who oversees the Energy Initiative, a research group focused on innovative ways to generate power and lower emissions. In the past he has served as the Energy Department’s undersecretary in the Clinton administration.

Amy Davidsen, US Executive Director, The Climate Group said: "We welcome the nominations of Gina McCarthy and Ernest Moniz to lead the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy respectively. In addition to their exceptional qualifications, both understand the importance of addressing climate change in a way that promotes economic growth and improves quality of life." 

Evan Juska, Head of US Policy, The Climate Group commented: "Gina McCarthy has the very rare quality of being respected by industry and environmentalists alike - making her an ideal choice to lead the EPA under President Obama's second-term."

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By Clare Saxon

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