With promises of an ambitious climate agenda, President-elect Joe Biden is expected to select North Carolina’s top environment official Michael Regan to lead the EPA, according to D.C. news media. Regan has served as secretary of North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality since January 2017. Previously, he worked at the Environmental Defense Fund.
Meanwhile, Biden has confirmed he will nominate former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm for Energy secretary; Brenda Mallory for chair of the Council on Environmental Quality; former EPA chief Gina McCarthy as national climate adviser; and Ali Zaidi, as deputy national climate adviser. According to Politico, “the roster has environmentalists and climate change activists feeling optimistic,” with one environmental leader calling it “the climate and overall environmental dream team.” 12/18/2020