Washington, Dec 19 (EFE) .- The president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, announced this Saturday his nominees to fight against climate change, among which the legislator Deb Haaland stands out, who if confirmed by the Senate she would become the first Native American to head the Department of the Interior.
“Today I am pleased to announce the team that will lead the ambitious plans of this Administration against what is the existential threat of our time, climate change,” Biden said at a ceremony in Wilmington, Delaware, where he resides.
Biden praised his elect and assured that, like the rest of his government, they are “brilliant, they are qualified, they have experience and they break down barriers.”
After Biden, it was Haaland’s turn, who visibly moved recalled the attempts of the US Government in the 19th century to “civilize” or exterminate the Native Americans.
“I am a living testimony to the failure of that horrible ideology. I stand on the shoulders of my ancestors and all those who sacrificed so that I could be here,” said Haaland, a native of the state of New Mexico and a member of the Pueblo tribe. of Laguna.
His election marks a turning point in the 171-year history of the Department of the Interior, charged with managing the country’s natural resources, including tribal territories, and which has had a complicated relationship with the 574 federally recognized tribes in the United States. USA
Haaland promised that he will turn that department into an institution that mitigates the climate crisis, after years in which it has been the main promoter of fossil fuels.
FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
In addition, Biden announced that it has elected as director of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the African American Michael Regan, who is currently the chief environmental quality officer in North Carolina and previously worked at the EPA during the administrations of Bill Clinton (1993-2001) and George W. Bush (2001-2009).
“We are going to act urgently on climate change, protecting our water and implementing an environmental justice framework,” Regan promised today, who in a conciliatory tone reached out to the fossil fuel industry to find “common ground” and work for A better future.
If confirmed by the Upper House, he will be the first African American to lead that body.
At the head of the EPA, Regan will have the mission of designing rules to reduce carbon dioxide emissions caused by transportation and by the exploitation of gas and oil.
A DEFENDER OF THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE FOR THE ENERGY PORTFOLIO
On the other hand, Biden announced the appointment of the former governor of Michigan from 2003 to 2011, Jennifer Granholm, to lead the Energy portfolio.
Granholm is an advocate for the electric vehicle and the development of alternative energy technologies, which is why her appointment is interpreted as an endorsement of Biden to combat the climate crisis.
However, the Department of Energy is in charge of maintaining the nuclear weapons program, something that Granholm has no experience with and which consumes about 75% of its budget, about $ 27 billion.
Additionally, Biden has chosen Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator from 2013-2017 under the Barack Obama Administration (2009-2017), to the position of Senior Advisor on Climate Change, one that the Democratic leader has created to prioritize that matter.
McCarthy’s “number two” will be Ali Zaidi, of Pakistani origin and who played a key role in the Paris climate agreement negotiations.
Finally, Biden’s team will also be made up of Brenda Mallory, who if confirmed by the Senate would become the first African-American to head the White House environmental quality council.
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