President-elect Joe Biden is close to announcing a slate of Cabinet nominees who will be central to his administration’s sweeping plan to fight climate change, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Biden team close to announcing picks for core climate and energy jobs- oil and gas 360

Source: Reuters

For the interior secretary post, Biden appears to favor U.S. Representative Deb Haaland of New Mexico, three informed sources said, a pick, that if confirmed by the Senate, would make her the first Native American to lead a Cabinet agency.

The position would give Haaland, 60, authority over a department that employs more than 70,000 people across the United States and oversees more than 20% of the nation’s surface, including tribal lands and national parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite.

She has told Reuters she would seek to usher in an expansion of renewable energy production on federal land to contribute to the fight against climate change, and undo Trump’s focus on bolstering fossil-fuels output.

The Trump administration used the Interior Department as a key tool in its “energy dominance” agenda, which prioritized deregulation and fast-tracking of fossil fuel projects to maximize domestic oil, gas, and coal output. About a fifth of U.S. oil production comes from federal leases.

Biden has yet to announce a decision on who should lead the Environmental Protection Agency, but is vetting several serious contenders, including Michael Regan, who leads North Carolina’s environmental regulator, and Mary Nichols, head of California’s Air Resources Board, said sources close to the matter.

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