EDF Applauds Obama Appointments for Top Environment Posts

December 15, 2008

Tony Kreindler, Environmental Defense Fund, (202) 445-8108 or

“This new position reflects a deep commitment to leadership on climate change, and Carol Browner brings the perfect combination of experience and drive to the job. She understands that solving climate change will help rebuild our economy,” said Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense Fund.


EDF looks forward to working with Ms. Browner and the new administration to fulfill President-elect Obama’s commitment to write a new chapter in U.S. history on climate change, one that starts with a federal cap and trade system and creates millions of new jobs for American workers.


President-elect Obama today also named an all-star team to head the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality.


“Obama has picked an impressive team of experienced, accomplished, and highly regarded experts to lead the U.S. into a new era of action on climate change,” Krupp said. “This team is a new partnership for the environment in the federal government, one that can work with Congress to make quick progress on global warming.”


The nominations announced today include Nobel laureate Steven Chu for energy secretary, former New Jersey environment chief Lisa Jackson to serve as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Nancy Sutley to chair the White House Council on Environmental Quality.