Biden turns to climate-action advocates for energy jobs

Biden turns to climate-action advocates for energy jobs

Appointments mark a break with Trump administration’s reliance on industry lobbyists

Climate-action advocates are taking prominent roles in departments that will reset US energy policy under President Joe Biden, marking a sharp break from a Trump administration peppered with former industry lobbyists. 

Mr Biden’s administration on Thursday announced 19 senior leaders for the energy department, a bureaucracy whose duties range from reviewing natural gas export projects to managing the nuclear stockpile.

“There are no real fossil-friendly centrists in the bunch,” said Kevin Book, managing director at ClearView Energy Partners, a research group in Washington. “They’re all somewhere between what we would call green pragmatists and progressive climate activists.”