President-elect Joe Biden is expected to pick former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm for energy secretary and former Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy as leader of domestic climate efforts. McCarthy would be the domestic counterpart to former Secretary of State John Kerry, who will serve as a special climate envoy.
McCarthy will be “an equal match to Kerry’s presence on the international side” said Bracewell’s Policy Resolution Group Senior Principal Frank Maisano. “You have two high-profile, serious people leading climate efforts.”
Biden has pledged to make slowing the impacts of climate change a top priority and has laid out an ambitious plan to reduce US greenhouse emissions to net-zero by 2050. The plan includes an immediate return to the global 2015 Paris Agreement on climate and a pledge to stop all climate-damaging emissions from US power plants by 2035.