November 17, 2020

Biden Plans to Move Fast With a 'Climate Administration.' Here’s How.

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Biden Plans to Move Fast With a 'Climate Administration.' Here’s How.

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., eager to elevate climate change issues throughout his administration, is already drafting orders to reduce planet-warming pollution and seeking nominees who will embed climate policy not only in environmental agencies but in departments from Defense to Treasury to Transportation, The New York Times reports.

Tim Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and a former Senate climate policy aide, said in past transitions, such planning has been effective. George W. Bush’s transition created a fossil fuel-focused Energy Task Force. The Obama transition’s focus on economic stimulus helped lead to passage of a $787 billion relief measure in the first month of the administration.

“That’s the opportunity that’s here,” said Profeta, who was a co-author of the Climate 21 Project, a blueprint for how a Biden White House could beef up climate expertise across cabinet agencies.