Ernst gives Biden EPA pick earful on biofuel mandates
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) spoke with President-elect Joe Biden's choice for EPA administrator, Michael Regan, about the importance of biofuel mandates as the renewable fuel faces one last potential showdown with the Trump administration.
Senate Democrats eye quick repeal of Trump rules
The impending power shift in the Senate means Congress will once again turn to the Congressional Review Act to scrap a bevy of regulations.
Biden taps Merrick Garland for attorney general
President-elect Joe Biden has reportedly chosen Merrick Garland to serve as attorney general.
Biden's top Commerce choice has climate experience
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, a leading candidate to become Commerce secretary, thrust her state into a leading position on climate change by seeking to zero out power-sector emissions by 2030.
Biden fills out more White House posts
President-elect Joe Biden further filled out his intended White House staff today, with new appointments in political strategy and Cabinet affairs roles.
Biden nominees meet environmental justice, tribal leaders
President-elect Joe Biden's picks for key climate change and energy policy positions held meetings yesterday with environmental justice and Native American leaders.
EPA pick Michael Regan has rural roots, ties to farm country
For a man who recently slapped a nearly $90,000 fine on a polluting hog farm in North Carolina, Michael Regan has managed to hold on to the goodwill of the industry behind the problem.
Biden makes more high-profile White House appointments
President-elect Joe Biden is adding six new members to his White House staff, including a longtime adviser as his deputy chief of staff.
Biden stacks economic policy team with progressives
President-elect Joe Biden yesterday added three members to his economic policy team who progressives say reflect his desire to push the nation's economy in a more equitable direction.
Haaland's bills offer clues to how she might run Interior
Rep. Deb Haaland has already mapped out what she might try to do as Interior secretary through the myriad bills she's introduced in Congress.
Vilsack would continue Trump admin's trajectory on biotech
Skeptics calling for a more cautious approach to genetic engineering in agriculture may be disappointed in the Department of Agriculture's incoming leadership: Tom Vilsack has been looking to speed it up.
Haaland gives tribes a voice in Western water fights
President-elect Joe Biden's selection of Rep. Deb Haaland to lead the Interior Department will give tribes a seat at the table on water management, an area where Native American advocates say they have long been ignored.
Granholm faces monumental DOE clean energy challenge
Joe Biden's pick to lead the Department of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, would hold two powerful tools to drive a 100% clean energy agenda if confirmed, analysts say.
Incoming EPA chief vows 'sense of urgency on climate'
Michael Regan on Saturday gave his first speech as the presumptive head of EPA, and his brief remarks were transformative — both for the 44-year-old Black man who grew up in the shadow of the 1950s-era H.F. Lee power plant in North Carolina, and for the battered federal agency he is poised to inherit.
Biden picks Deb Haaland. Now comes the hard part
Off Capitol Hill, news of Rep. Deb Haaland's selection to lead the Interior Department has energized the progressive base, mobilized tribal communities and thrilled politicos who want to see President-elect Joe Biden make history with his first round of Cabinet picks.
As Dems cheer Michael Regan, greens offer mixed reviews
News of Michael Regan's forthcoming nomination to be President-elect Joe Biden's EPA chief was mostly welcomed by Democrats and liberal activists, though some had misgivings.
Biden taps N.M. Rep. Deb Haaland for Interior secretary
President-elect Joe Biden will nominate New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland (D) to serve as Interior secretary, three sources tell E&E News.
Biden picks Michael Regan to lead EPA
President-elect Joe Biden has selected Michael Regan, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, as his nominee for EPA administrator.
Climate stars surround Biden. Where does EPA fit in?
President-elect Joe Biden is reorienting the chain of command on climate policy. Here's how it could affect his White House.
Mallory pick sets up Biden CEQ for wider role
Brenda Mallory, an attorney who spent more than three decades fighting for environmental issues, is expected to be President-elect Joe Biden's pick to lead the Council on Environmental Quality, according to two sources.
Biden to pick Brenda Mallory for CEQ chair — sources
President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate Brenda Mallory to lead the Council on Environmental Quality, a White House role that will be critical to the administration's efforts to address environmental justice and climate change, according to two sources.
Cabinet seats provoke competitive scramble on the left
With President-elect Biden now rolling out nominees for EPA and the Energy and Interior departments, conservation groups and Democratic Party factions are feuding with social media posts, news leaks, public manifestos and the preemptive popping of trial balloons.
Meet the N.C. 'star' Biden could tap to lead EPA
The top environmental regulator in North Carolina has been thrust into the national spotlight.
Biden announces Buttigieg for DOT, citing climate record
President-elect Joe Biden formally nominated Pete Buttigieg as secretary of Transportation today, citing the former mayor's credentials on climate change and infrastructure.
Progressives push their priorities, people at Vilsack's USDA
Now that Tom Vilsack is poised to become Agriculture secretary, progressives who preferred other candidates are turning attention to the jobs around him for redemption.
Gina McCarthy couldn't say no to Biden
The former EPA administrator gave in to the president-elect's requests to be his top climate adviser after being drawn to the prospects of leading an aggressive fight against rising temperatures. "She's long been the person Biden wanted in that role," said a source.
One of these 5 officials could be Biden's FEMA chief
The names of five prominent emergency management officials are circulating as possible candidates to run the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the incoming Biden administration, which is facing pressure to fill the slot quickly.
Biden expands agency review teams
President-elect Joe Biden's team has added new representatives to groups carrying out transition activities at federal agencies.
Unity frays between activists and Biden over Cabinet picks
Tensions are flaring between President-elect Joe Biden and the young climate activists who hounded him on the campaign trail before helping to elect him.
Rules change sets Durbin for top Judiciary post
Senate Democrats have adopted a change in caucus rules that will allow Minority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois to assume the top Democratic slot on the Judiciary Committee while remaining in the No. 2 leadership spot.
Biden trade pick faces tough choices on U.S. solar
President-elect Joe Biden has picked Katherine Tai, a top trade lawyer on the House Ways and Means Committee, to serve as U.S. trade representative — a position that is likely to be key for the new administration's clean energy goals.
Biden narrows list of candidates for climate positions
One of the transition team's top candidates to lead either NOAA or NASA doesn't want the job, and another contender for NOAA chief is married to President-elect Joe Biden's chief of staff.
Deese: Sustainable investments include fossil fuel
Sustainable investing can include buying fossil fuel stocks, a top economic adviser to President-elect Joe Biden said this summer in a previously unaired interview.
Tom Vilsack: Biden's safe choice for Ag secretary
President-elect Joe Biden's pick of Tom Vilsack for a second stint as Agriculture secretary gives the former USDA chief a possible chance to pick up where he left off four years ago.
Possible Biden trade pick attacked for fossil fuel ties
Environmental groups are raising concerns about another potential Biden administration appointee, criticizing a past president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States for backing fossil fuel projects around the world.
Biden's Defense pick faces grid security challenge
President-elect Joe Biden chose retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin III yesterday to serve as secretary of Defense amid rising tensions with China and Iran and the growing threat of cyberattacks targeting U.S. energy infrastructure.
Order erased by Trump could help Biden address rising seas
President-elect Joe Biden could move immediately to strengthen the nation's resilience to climate change by reinstating an Obama-era policy that would require new federally funded buildings, infrastructure and homes to be flood-proofed, experts say.
Biden picks general over climate hawk to lead Pentagon
President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Defense secretary is a military veteran with little record on climate policy. The move breaks Biden's streak of naming top officials with environmental credentials.
Needed for Biden EPA: 'Political valor,' 'smelling salts'
The next EPA administrator will be asked to fulfill the soaring climate promises of President-elect Joe Biden. But first they'll have to rebuild the agency.
Becerra brings climate focus to health agency
President-elect Joe Biden's choice of Xavier Becerra to lead the Department of Health and Human Services is in line with Biden's pledge to confront climate change at every federal agency, supporters said.
How Biden could expand national monuments
During his four years in office, President Trump cheered critics of the federal estate by rarely deploying the Antiquities Act — and when he did, he used it to cull millions of acres of public lands from protected status.
Biden taps Trump's top green legal foe to lead HHS
President-elect Joe Biden has chosen the leading challenger of the Trump administration's environmental policies to serve as the next secretary of Health and Human Services.
What a Biden EPA means for the renewable fuel standard
Fuel refiners will still blend billions of gallons of corn-based ethanol into gasoline with President-elect Joe Biden in the White House — but the conversation may turn to alternative fuels.
Biden is making the case for deficit spending on climate
President-elect Joe Biden made an off-script remark that suggested he's preparing for a fight over his financially ambitious climate proposals.
'Reading the tea leaves': The future of OIRA under Biden
How the Biden administration will calculate the costs and benefits of environmental regulations is already causing a stir on the left, and the debate over the future of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs mirrors one that has been percolating among Democrats for years.
Who is Ali Zaidi? He might be Biden's climate adviser
A top choice to become President-elect Joe Biden's domestic climate adviser is a former Republican and an immigrant from Pakistan who is currently driving New York's effort to be a national leader on renewable energy.
Biden taps Brian Deese to lead Economic Council
President-elect Joe Biden picked Brian Deese to lead the White House National Economic Council today, putting a climate change policy expert in the top rung of his circle of aides.
Kamala Harris adds top advisers to team
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris named three key senior advisers today as she and President-elect Joe Biden prepare to take office next month.
Rosa DeLauro wins Appropriations gavel
Veteran Democratic appropriator Rosa DeLauro today easily won the race to lead the House Appropriations Committee next year.
Biden, once a critic, may boost nuclear power
President-elect Joe Biden has included proposals for a new generation of nuclear reactors in his clean energy platform and parted ways with "no-nuke" progressives on his left. What does his stance mean for the electricity mix and presidential politics?
Meet Biden's water experts
Several former Obama EPA and Interior Department officials on President-elect Joe Biden's transition team bring with them water policy expertise that will help shape the incoming administration, from work crafting WOTUS to tackling the Flint, Mich., water crisis and efforts to restore the Everglades.
Biden's economic team has strong energy, climate ties
President-elect Joe Biden's senior economic team includes a carbon tax proponent as well as a senior Obama climate adviser whose support for the Obama administration's stances on fracking and Arctic drilling has roiled some green groups.
What Obama's climate czar can do for Biden
Brian Deese was at the center of Obama's climate efforts. His selection to lead economic policy under Biden expands the reach of environmentally focused advisers across the incoming administration.
Biden taps adviser who ties gasoline price to emissions
President-elect Joe Biden's financial policy will be shaped — at least in part — by an economic adviser who believes fossil fuels are "severely underpriced" because they don't consider the harm caused by climate change.
Biden's OMB pick Neera Tanden: Confirmation troubles ahead?
President-elect Joe Biden this morning announced plans to nominate Neera Tanden to head the White House Office of Management and Budget, a choice that is causing bipartisan concern.
Biden announces economic team, Janet Yellen for Treasury
President-elect Joe Biden rolled out his senior economic policy team today, with plenty of familiar names in Democratic and Obama administration circles.
Energy industry braces for Biden-era court clashes
Oil and gas trade groups are gearing up for a new round of courtroom battles as they watch how far President-elect Joe Biden will go to regulate activities like hydraulic fracturing.
DOE grid security push a test for Biden
With less than 8 weeks until a new administration takes over in Washington, the clock is running out for the Energy Department to deliver one of President Trump's most public and far-reaching efforts to protect grid security.
Early test for Biden: Car emissions rules
As one of his biggest steps to tackle climate change, President-elect Joe Biden is expected to undo President Trump's rollback of clean car standards and set new auto emissions rules.
How new committee leaders may shape Biden agenda
House Democrats and Republicans will pick committee leaders this week who will be crucial to shaping energy and environmental legislation in the next Congress.
Biden unveils communications team, eyes Tanden for OMB
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris unveiled their White House communications teams over the weekend.
Joe Biden: Pro-oil president?
Joe Biden was accused during the presidential campaign of planning for the end of oil, but some analysts say the president-elect may instead help the industry survive.
Yellen, top pick for Treasury, sees carbon tax as a solution
President-elect Joe Biden is set to tap Janet Yellen as his Treasury secretary, a pick that could play a defining role in U.S. efforts to slash carbon emissions and prepare the economy for the realities of a warming world.
How Trump could obstruct Biden's regulatory plans
President-elect Joe Biden's team — and Democrats generally — have been eager to wrest control of the federal bureaucracy. But President Trump has an arsenal of tools at his disposal to hamstring the incoming administration's plans, including regulations, personnel moves and the permitting process.
Biden's Cabinet picks could transform energy world
President-elect Joe Biden's choices for Treasury secretary, secretary of State and executive branch positions yesterday signal a dramatic shift in U.S. energy and climate policy.
Biden's foreign policy team breaks with Trump — and Obama
When she was a U.S. ambassador, Linda Thomas-Greenfield found the Liberian government less capable of long-term planning than its state-owned oil company.
Biden names John Kerry climate envoy
President-elect Joe Biden will nominate longtime adviser Antony Blinken to be secretary of State and name former Secretary of State John Kerry his special presidential envoy for climate — a pair of picks with massive implications for climate diplomacy.
Biden taps top Hill aides for White House staff
President-elect Joe Biden today named a pair of aides with deep Capitol Hill roots to round out the White House's Office of Legislative Affairs in the new administration.
Biden names White House personnel, legislative affairs aides
President-elect Joe Biden further filled out his roster today for senior staff once he enters the White House in two months.
Meet the environmental law expert leading Biden's EPA team
Patrice Simms, a prominent environmental lawyer, will help lay the foundation for President-elect Joe Biden's more aggressive regulatory approach at EPA.
Obama-era official could lead Biden's BLM
President-elect Joe Biden's transition team is searching for a long-term career official to lead the Bureau of Land Management on an acting basis through the first six months or more of next year.
How the Biden admin could upend Trump's chemical decisions
While many say the Trump administration had a hands-off approach to regulating chemicals, experts expect a dramatic shift from President-elect Joe Biden's incoming administration when it comes to toxic substances.
How Biden could undo Trump's water regulations
The incoming Biden administration is widely expected to undo President Trump's regulatory rollbacks on a range of water rules including stream and wetland protections, drinking water contamination, and the permitting of controversial energy and flood projects.
Biden designates more top White House staffers
President-elect Joe Biden is filling out the top ranks of his White House staff, hiring a handful of longtime allies to be his top advisers.
How Biden can prevent climate action from failing in court
President-elect Joe Biden may have to get creative if he wants his climate policies to survive — or avoid — scrutiny by a federal court system brimming with more than 200 Trump-appointed judges.
Biden's energy agenda hinges on FERC, red states
The last time President-elect Joe Biden was in the White House, many of the Obama administration's clean energy policies were derailed by a Republican Senate majority and lawsuits by a swath of red-state governors. Will it happen again?
Meet Biden's energy team
President-elect Joe Biden's review teams at the Department of Energy and other agencies include a slew of clean energy and electric vehicle backers, as well as an occasional supporter of fossil fuel projects. How will they change energy policy?
Biden 'playbook' in climate, energy feuds echoes Trump's
Battles over President Trump's climate and energy actions could be stuck in legal limbo once President-elect Joe Biden steps into the Oval Office and begins paving the way for new standards on public land use and greenhouse gas emissions.
Biden to shine light on corporate climate risk
During his run for the White House, Joe Biden promised that on the first day of his presidency he would issue an executive order requiring that all public companies disclose both their climate risks and their output of greenhouse gas emissions.
How Biden might change environmental enforcement
Get ready for a sea change in the Justice Department's approach to environmental enforcement under the incoming Biden administration.
Biden's oil plan: The good, the bad and the illegal
President-elect Joe Biden has pledged sweeping changes to the federal oil and gas program. But is his proposal feasible, and will it survive legal and political challenges?
3 on Biden's short list to lead NPS
With a new occupant in the White House, the National Park Service may get something it never had under President Trump: a permanent director.