President-elect Joe Biden has made a series of cabinet nominee decisions that could be historic firsts for the environment-related posts.
Biden selected New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as nominee for secretary of the interior and Michael Regan, head of North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality, as administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
If confirmed by the senate, Haaland would become the first Native American to serve as a cabinet secretary and Regan would become the first Black man to serve as EPA administrator.
Biden also selected Brenda Mallory as the first Black chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Mallory served as the CEQ general counsel during the Obama administration.
The picks could bolster Biden’s plans to fight climate change, build a clean energy economy and address environmental justice.
Biden hopes to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and invest $2 trillion to establish the infrastructure for a clean energy economy.
You can view his plan here.