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    When Liz Truss rose to her feet to address the Commons at 11.40am on Thursday, she had known for more than two hours that the Queen was unlikely to survive the day. The new Prime Minister had been thrashing out the final details of her £150 billion energy bailout with close aides when she was told by Cabinet Secretary Simon Case that the monarch was gravely ill and it was a ‘matter of hours, not days’. As she tried to absorb the enormity of the news, Ms Truss realised that she would have to mask her anguish until Buckingham Palace had formally told the nation – after she had delivered her Commons statement. When Liz Truss rose to her feet to address the Commons at 11.40am on Thursday, she had known for more than two hours that the Queen was unlikely to survive the day RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'At least Grannie is with great grandpa now': 'Tearful'... Inside the palace where Queen Elizabeth II spent most of her... Share this...
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A veteran of Kuwait’s national oil company took over Monday as secretary general of the OPEC oil cartel, just three weeks after his Nigerian predecessor died, only hours after giving a speech in defense of the energy industry. Haitham al-Ghais was selected as the incoming secretary general back in January and it was known he would be assuming the post on Aug. 1. Al-Ghais will serve a three-year term, succeeding Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, who died aged 63 in his home country of Nigeria last month. Al-Ghais is a veteran of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation who advised six Kuwaiti oil ministers. He is well known to OPEC, having chaired technical meetings of OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers, spearheaded by Saudi Arabia and Russia, to curtail production in order to keep oil prices from plummeting during the coronavirus pandemic. The agreement’s production caps are set to expire the end of the month. The group, known as OPEC+, is meeting on Wednesday to discuss its future production quotas. U.S. and European nations have...
    Treasury Sec. Janet Yellen said Tuesday the U.S. faces 'unacceptable levels' of inflation, after last week admitting she was wrong about how long the price hikes would last.  'We currently face macroeconomic challenges, including unacceptable levels of inflation, as well as the headwinds associated with the disruptions caused by the pandemic's effect on supply chains, and the effects of supply side disturbances to oil and food markets resulting from Russia's war in Ukraine,' she said at a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday.  In order to tamp down price hikes, the federal government needed an 'appropriate' budget, coupled with tightening monetary policy at the Federal Reserve, according to Yellen. She added that President Biden's budget request for FY 2023 would meet the moment.  The secretary offered slim hope that inflation would regulate any time soon.  'I do expect inflation to remain high, although I very much hope that it will be coming down now,' she said. The Fed aims to keep inflation at 2 percent per year.  Yellen made waves last week by admitting she'd been wrong on inflation. ...
    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen vehemently defended trillions of dollars in pandemic aid spending under the Trump and Biden administrations as having averted a 'Great Depression' scale disaster Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned during a Thursday speech that 'large negative shocks' to the economy are inevitable as the United States continues to grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and global disruptions caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The Biden administration official advocated for greater safeguards against financial downturns, warning they are 'likely to continue to challenge the economy.' She explained the Great Recession after the 2008 financial crisis taught policymakers like her to correct the negative course 'as quickly as possible.'  It comes after inflation hit a 41-year high of 8.5 percent in March, according to the Labor Department. The economy's rebound from the worst of the pandemic has sent consumer prices for everything from gas, rent to groceries soaring for much of President Joe Biden's term.  March's inflation report, the most recent available, presented the full scope of the Russian invasion's impact on American consumers.  Russia's autocrat leader Vladimir Putin...
    Discussions about a multi-national ban on Russian oil are gaining traction on Sunday as its autocrat leader Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine stretches into its eleventh day. Kyiv's ambassador to the United States urged President Joe Biden to halt Russian oil imports in an interview on Fox News Sunday, the day after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a similar plea during a video meeting with members of the US Congress. Ukrainian Ambassador Oksana Markarova called for 'tougher' sanctions on Moscow during an interview with Fox News Sunday over its behavior as a 'terrorist state' as accusations of human rights abuses and targeted civilian killings mount.  Secretary of State Antony Blinken also revealed Sunday that the US was in 'very active discussions' with European allies over a wide blockade of Russian energy dollars. He would not say whether the US was prepared to act unilaterally on such a ban, despite the wide gap between American imports of Russian oil and Europe's dependence on it. Russia is the world's third-largest oil producer behind the US and Saudi Arabia. However its crude oil...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — How painful is it to fill up your tank at the gas station?  So many cringe when they see the cost, with the prices being so high. Locally, many are paying more than $3.50 per gallon for unleaded gas. According to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, President Joe Biden is considering in tapping into the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve amid rising crude oil prices. While on CNN, Granholm said that the president is looking at every tool at his disposal to address high gas prices in the U.S. She said that Biden has already asked the organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to increase supply, but it said no. And here’s another painful addition to all of this, Americans should expect to pay more for heating this winter as well due to supply chain issues caused by the pandemic. “It will be more expensive this year than last year. We have the same problem in fuels that the supply chains have, which is that the oil and gas companies are not flipping the switch as quickly as the...
    President Joe Biden recently petitioned oil industry leaders to help lower skyrocketing energy prices as cold weather approaches, Reuters reported. The White House is concerned that rising energy costs will continue to increase inflation and set the U.S. economic recovery back, according to Politico, which confirmed a Reuters report. The precise details of talks between Biden and the oil industry, which the president has strongly criticized, remained unclear. “We are closely monitoring the cost of oil and the cost of gas Americans are paying at the pump,” an unnamed White House official told Reuters. “And we are using every tool at our disposal to address anti-competitive practices in U.S. and global energy markets to ensure reliable and stable energy markets.” Oil and natural gas prices in the U.S. and abroad have touched multiyear highs in recent weeks as suppliers struggle to meet heightened demand. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries also doubled down on its output plan, rejecting a Biden administration request made in August to boost oil production. (RELATED: White House Downplays Rising Energy Prices, Says ‘Climate Crisis’...
    Only 6% of President Joe Biden's infrastructure bill actually is focused on infrastructure, South Dakota's Republican Senator John Thune claimed Sunday morning. The comments come as Biden's Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg wouldn't rule out adding in a way to get so-called 'dreamers' citizenship in the $2.3 trillion infrastructure package. 'If they are interested in roads, bridges, highways and perhaps broadband, then there is a deal to be had there,' Thune, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, told 'Fox News Sunday' host Chris Wallace. 'Infrastructure in the past has always been bipartisan, when it's confined to infrastructure,' he continued. Thune said that Biden's proposal 'is a massive expansion of the government. 'Only about 6% of the president's proposal actually goes to what the American people – I think everyday Americans – would describe as infrastructure.' South Dakota Senator John Thune said only 6% of Joe Biden's package is focused on hard infrastructure despite the president touting it as an infrastructure bill His claim came as Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg refused to rule out the administration adding in a...
    Donald Trump has lashed out at the Biden administration in a wide-ranging interview, calling Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alex Mayorkas 'incompetent' and slamming President Joe Biden's approach to energy policy.  Trump blasted Mayorkas as 'incompetent' over the dire situation at the southern border, where a surge in illegal crossings has quickly overwhelmed immigration officials.  'He's incompetent and just mark my words, take a look at what's going to happen over the next fairly long period of time because they might not be capable of stopping it,' Trump said in an interview with Newsmax on Monday. 'You take a look even now you take a look at the thousands of people that are pouring up from South America, Latin America, pouring up into our country, and they don't even stop them, they just let them walk right in. They've totally lost control of the southern border. We had it under total control,' he added. Donald Trump has lashed out at the Biden administration in a wide-ranging interview Trump called Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alex Mayorkas 'incompetent' over his...
                      by Dan McCaleb  Former U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico, who opposes fracking and oil drilling on federal lands, was confirmed as President Joe Biden’s new Interior secretary Monday in a narrow, 52-40, vote. Haaland, who will become the first cabinet secretary of Native American descent, was criticized by many Republicans and supporters of the U.S. oil and gas industry as being extreme on climate change. “America’s energy workers will be disappointed, but this close vote is hardly a ringing endorsement for Deb Haaland and the Biden anti-energy agenda,” Power The Future’s Western States Director Larry Behrens said in a statement. “With 40 Senators voting against her confirmation, it’s clear many across the country don’t trust Deb Haaland to run a critical federal agency.” The U.S. Department of the Interior oversees the management and conservation of most federal lands. Among his first actions in the White House, Biden issued an executive order temporarily banning new oil and gas leases on federal lands, something industry advocates say will result in...
    The Senate voted Monday to confirm Deb Haaland as secretary of the interior, filling a position that will play a critical role in implementing President Biden’s planned shift toward green energy. Lawmakers confirmed Haaland by a 51-40 vote. Haaland is the first Native American woman to lead the Department of the Interior, which oversees federal and tribal lands and the country’s natural resources. DEB HAALAND: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT BIDEN'S INTERIOR SECRETARY PICK Sens. Tom Cotton, Josh Hawley and Mitt Romney were among the Republican lawmakers who voted against Haaland's confirmation.  VideoHaaland, 60, had served in Congress as the U.S. representative from New Mexico’s 1st congressional district since 2019. Prior to that role, Haaland was chair of the New Mexico Democratic Party from 2015 to 2017. She ran an unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor of New Mexico in 2014. Haaland is a member of Laguna Pueblo, a federally recognized tribe. She is a 35th-generation resident of New Mexico, according to her House bio. Biden’s decision to nominate Haaland drew widespread criticism from Republicans, who cited her outspoken progressive views. Haaland...
    The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday approved Deb Haaland to be President Biden's Interior secretary, likely paving the way for her confirmation. Haaland picked up the key vote of a single Republican, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a major oil producing state, enabling Haaland to be approved on a bipartisan 11-9 margin. Her nomination will now be considered by the full Senate. Murkowski's vote to approve Haaland was notable because Republicans have lined up in opposition to her due to statements she made as a member of the House of Representatives opposing fossil fuel development and her support for Biden's agenda to begin phasing out oil and gas. TED CRUZ OPEN TO MANDATES FOR GRID IMPROVEMENTS AFTER TEXAS POWER CRISIS During her hearing, Haaland seemed determined to moderate her positions to appease centrists such as Murkowski and Democratic Chairman Joe Manchin of West Virginia, another state dependent on fossil fuels. Manchin had previously announced he would vote for Haaland. "While I may not personally agree with some of past statements and positions, this is President Biden’s agenda,"...
    The Senate on Thursday confirmed former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm as secretary of the Department of Energy. A 64-35 vote secured President Biden's pick to lead the United States' transition away from fossil fuels to achieve his goal of a "carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035." Granholm is a vocal advocate for clean energy, and worked with auto makers to push the industry toward electrification during her two terms as governor from 2003 to 2011.  "My sincere thanks to the Senate for your confidence in me," she tweeted after Thursday's vote. "I'm obsessed with creating good-paying clean energy jobs in all corners of America in service of addressing our climate crisis. I'm impatient for results. Now let's get to work!" My sincere thanks to the Senate for your confidence in me. I’m obsessed with creating good-paying clean energy jobs in all corners of America in service of addressing our climate crisis. I’m impatient for results. Now let’s get to work!— Jennifer Granholm (@JenGranholm) February 25, 2021 Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, questioned...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm won Senate confirmation Thursday to be energy secretary and will be a key Cabinet member trying to fulfill President Joe Biden’s commitment for a green economy as the United States fights to slow climate change. The vote was 64-35, with all Democrats and 14 Republicans, including GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, voting yes. READ MORE: Michigan Reports 1,388 New COVID-19 Cases, 48 Deaths Thursday Granholm, 62, served two terms as governor in a state dominated by the auto industry and devastated by the 2008 recession. She has promoted emerging clean energy technologies, such as electric vehicles and battery manufacturing, as an answer for jobs that will be lost as the U.S. transitions away from oil, coal and other fossil fuels. She tweeted her thanks to senators and said, “I’m obsessed with creating good-paying clean energy jobs in all corners of America in service of addressing our climate crisis. I’m impatient for results. Now let’s get to work!″ Sen. Joe Manchin, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said Granholm...
    WASHINGTON -- Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm won Senate confirmation Thursday to be energy secretary and will be a key Cabinet member trying to fulfill President Joe Biden's commitment for a green economy as the United States fights to slow climate change.The vote was 64-35, with 14 Republicans, including GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, voting yes.Granholm, 62, served two terms as governor in a state dominated by the auto industry and devastated by the 2008 recession. She has promoted emerging clean energy technologies, such as electric vehicles and battery manufacturing as an answer for jobs that will be lost as the U.S. transitions away from oil, coal and other fossil fuels.She tweeted her thanks to senators and said, "I'm obsessed with creating good-paying clean energy jobs in all corners of America in service of addressing our climate crisis. I'm impatient for results. Now let's get to work!''Sen. Joe Manchin, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said Granholm has the leadership skills, vision and compassion needed at the Energy Department to "develop innovative solutions for the climate...
    By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm won Senate confirmation Thursday to be President Joe Biden’s energy secretary. The vote was 64-35. Granholm, who served two terms as governor in a state dominated by the auto industry, will be a key player in Biden's vision for a green economy as the United States fights to slow climate change. Michigan was devastated by the 2008 recession, and Granholm has promoted emerging clean energy technologies, such as electric vehicles and battery manufacturing as an answer for jobs that will be lost as the U.S. transitions away from oil, coal and other fossil fuels. Sen. Joe Manchin, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said he appreciates Granholm's pledge to “innovate, not eliminate” fossil fuels in the transition to a clean-energy economy. “She understands when markets shift, and basically leaving people behind that had good jobs and now have a hard time just surviving, let alone living any quality of life they lived before,” said Manchin, D-W.Va. “She understands that.” During her confirmation hearing last...
    (CNN)The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Joe Biden's nominee for energy secretary, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm. The final vote was 64-35.This story is breaking and will be updated.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm won Senate confirmation Thursday to be President Joe Biden’s energy secretary. The vote was 64-35. Granholm, who served two terms as governor in a state dominated by the auto industry, will be a key player in Biden’s vision for a green economy as the United States fights to slow climate change. Michigan was devastated by the 2008 recession, and Granholm has promoted emerging clean energy technologies, such as electric vehicles and battery manufacturing as an answer for jobs that will be lost as the U.S. transitions away from oil, coal and other fossil fuels. Sen. Joe Manchin, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said he appreciates Granholm’s pledge to “innovate, not eliminate” fossil fuels in the transition to a clean-energy economy. “She understands when markets shift, and basically leaving people behind that had good jobs and now have a hard time just surviving, let alone living any quality of life they lived before,” said Manchin, D-W.Va. “She understands that.” During her confirmation hearing last month, Granholm, pushed her plans...
    The Senate confirmed President Biden's pick for energy secretary Jennifer Granholm in a 64-35 vote Thursday afternoon. Granholm will be the second woman to lead the Department of Energy after Hazel O'Leary served in the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1997. JENNIFER GRANHOLM: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT BIDEN'S ENERGY SECRETARY PICK Granholm, the former Democratic governor of auto industry stronghold Michigan, has focused on clean energy in recent years. Some Republican senators expressed concern that she would go along with Democrats' green agenda on Wednesday when the Senate voted 67-32 to end debate on Granholm's nomination. Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich., testifies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee during a hearing to examine her nomination to be Secretary of Energy, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Jim Watson/Pool via AP) ((Jim Watson/Pool via AP)) Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., voted againt advancing her nomination on Wednesday. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "By signing executive orders to ban oil, gas and coal production on federal lands, to kill the Keystone XL Pipeline and to rejoin the Paris climate agreement,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate confirms former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as energy secretary. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The Senate on Thursday confirmed Jennifer GranholmJennifer GranholmOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Key vote for Haaland's confirmation | Update on oil and gas leasing | SEC update on climate-related risk disclosure requirements The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan Haaland courts moderates during tense Senate confirmation hearing MORE to lead the Energy Department, making her the latest Cabinet member to secure confirmation this week. Granholm, who served as governor of Michigan from 2003-2011, will be tasked with helping President BidenJoe BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video MORE transition the U.S. toward clean energy as part of his goal to put the country on a path toward carbon neutrality by 2050. Both Biden and Granholm have stressed that they want that transition...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is expected to pick former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as energy secretary. Granholm, 61, served as Michigan’s attorney general from 1999 to 2003 and two terms as Michigan’s first female governor, from 2003 to 2010. She was a supporter of Biden’s presidential bid and has spoken out against President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the election results, accusing him of “poisoning democracy.” Her intended nomination was confirmed by two people who were familiar with her selection. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly before the president-elect’s announcement. As energy secretary, she will have a role in executing Biden’s promised $2 trillion climate plan, billed as the nation’s broadest and most ambitious effort to cut fossil fuel emissions that are dangerously warming Earth’s atmosphere. Biden’s plan includes overhauling the nation’s transportation and power sectors and buildings to eliminate fossil fuel emissions by 2050. Biden says he will return the United States to the Paris climate accord as a first step after President Donald Trump...
    President-elect Joe Biden is expected to pick former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to be secretary of energy in his administration, two people familiar with the decision said Tuesday.  Granholm, 61, was Michigan's first female governor, serving two terms in the battleground state from 2003 to 2011. She worked with Biden, who was vice president under former President Barack Obama, on the 2009 bailout of automobile manufacturers General Motors and Chrysler.  A spokesman for Biden's transition team did not respond to requests for comment. A spokesman for Granholm did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.  While governor, Granholm supported efforts to build advanced battery plants for electric cars in Michigan, despite concerns from some in the auto industry about moving away from gasoline-powered engines. She also pushed through a modest energy standard that required a portion of the state's energy to be generated by renewable sources.  More recently, she has taught at the University of California, Berkeley on subjects including state budgets, clean energy jobs and diversifying the economy. In 2015, she launched the American Jobs Project to focus...
    President-elect Joe Biden has selected former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm to run his Energy Department, according to reports Tuesday. Granholm’s legacy as governor of the Wolverine State is closely aligned to Biden’s plan to create a clean energy revolution, steering the nation away from fossil fuels while creating millions of jobs through alternative energy sources. It’s unclear when Biden is expected to announced Granholm, 61, as his energy secretary but Politico confirmed the appointment, citing two people familiar with the decision. Earlier Tuesday, reports emerged that Biden had also chosen former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, 38, as his transportation secretary. As governor from 2003 to 2011, Granholm focused heavily on renewable energy and worked to bring alternative energy companies to Michigan to replace jobs lost by the state’s flagging auto industry. The Harvard Law School graduate was the first woman to serve as Michigan governor. According to Politico, Granholm’s fierce support of the auto industry is expected to win Biden favor with blue collar workers in swing states like Michigan as he pushes a Green New Deal-fueled agenda....
    BERKELEY (CBS SF / CNN) — President-elect Joe Biden is poised to tap former Michigan Gov. and UC Berkeley professor Jennifer Granholm to lead the Department of Energy, two people familiar with the matter say, inviting a longtime adviser who played a critical role in his debate preparations over the years to join his Cabinet. Granholm, who is a distinguished adjunct professor at the Berkeley School of Law and Goldman School of Public Policy and an alum joins two other Biden cabinet nominees with ties to Cal. Janet Yellen, Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Treasury is an emeritus professor of economics at Berkeley, while Homeland Security Secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas received his bachelor’s degree there. Granholm has long taken a deep interest in energy issues and was considered to be a top candidate for Energy secretary if Hillary Clinton had won four years ago. Now, she will have her chance, if confirmed by the Senate. Energy secretary, along with Transportation and other posts, are expected to be announced later this week as Biden works to select his Cabinet by Christmas. Jennifer Granholm, former...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — AP sources: President-elect Joe Biden is expected to pick former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as energy secretary. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    More On: joe biden Biden heads to Atlanta to campaign in crucial Georgia Senate races Ex-Sanders aide who slammed Biden now running for House seat Kayleigh McEnany calls out media for hypocritical Hunter Biden coverage Biden taps Buttigieg for transportation secretary: reports President-elect Joe Biden has selected former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm to run his Energy Department, according to reports Tuesday. Granholm’s legacy as governor of the Wolverine State is closely aligned to Biden’s plan to create a clean energy revolution, steering the nation away from fossil fuels while creating millions of jobs through alternative energy sources. It’s unclear when Biden is expected to announced Granholm, 61, as his energy secretary but Politico confirmed the appointment, citing two people familiar with the decision. Earlier Tuesday, reports emerged that Biden had also chosen former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, 38, as his transportation secretary. As governor from 2003 to 2011, Granholm focused heavily on renewable energy and worked to bring alternative energy companies to Michigan to replace jobs lost by the state’s flagging auto industry. The Harvard Law School graduate...
    President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to be his energy secretary, according to multiple reports. Granholm, a Democrat, currently teaches policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a senior research fellow at the California Institute for Energy and Environment. Biden’s top official at the Energy Department will help implement his plans to spend heavily on clean energy research, development, and deployment in order to reach his goal of net-zero emissions across the economy by 2050. The agency is expected to play a major role shepherding clean energy funding appropriated through pandemic-related stimulus legislation early in Biden’s term. Under President Barack Obama, with Biden as vice president, the department helped distribute $90 billion in clean energy stimulus spending through the Recovery Act of 2009. Granholm beat out other contenders, including Arun Majumdar, a Stanford professor who was the Energy Department's first director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, an incubator for clean energy technologies, in the Obama administration. Biden also considered Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, a professor at Georgia...
    President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to be his Energy secretary, according to multiple reports. Granholm, a Democrat, currently teaches policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a senior research fellow at both the California Institute for Energy and Environment. Biden’s top official at the Energy Department will help implement his plans to spend heavily on clean energy research, development, and deployment in order to reach his goal of net-zero emissions across the economy by 2050. The agency is expected to play a major role shepherding clean energy funding appropriated through pandemic-related stimulus legislation early in Biden’s term. Under President Barack Obama, with Biden as vice president, the department helped distribute $90 billion in clean energy stimulus spending through the Recovery Act of 2009. Granholm beat out other contenders including Arun Majumdar, a Stanford professor who was the Energy Department's first director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, an incubator for clean energy technologies, in the Obama administration. Biden also considered Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, a professor at...
    More than 50 House Democrats are pushing President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenRomney on Trump election tactics: 'Difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action' by president Biden promises federal government will pay for National Guard coronavirus work: 'That should be paid for' House committee chairs demand briefing from GSA head on presidential transition MORE to select Rep. Deb HaalandDebra HaalandHaaland says Biden will be 'breath of fresh air' on Native American issues US is far from gender balance in politics despite record year for women candidates Democrats to determine leaders after disappointing election MORE (D-N.M.) as his next Interior Secretary, a move that would for the first time bring a Native American into a president’s Cabinet. “Representative Deb Haaland is eminently qualified to be Interior Secretary. She has been a champion for our environment and public lands and has worked tirelessly to improve the nation-to-nation relationship between the United States and Indian tribes,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to the transition team, noting their ability to “make history by giving Native Americans a seat at the Cabinet table for the first...
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