Friday, November 07, 2008

Who Will Get the Nation's Top Energy Job in Obama's Administration

Reuters reports on several possible candidates for Barack Obama's Secretary of Energy. Whoever is selected will join Obama's candidate and will likely be the main point person tasked with acting on the President-elect's number one priority: igniting a new energy economy. According to Reuters, here are the likely candidates:

  • U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Democrat of New Mexico, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He advocates renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.

  • Wesley Clark, retired Army general and former NATO commander who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004.

  • General Electric Co Chief Executive Jeff Immelt, who says government investment in environmental technologies can create green jobs.

  • Ray Mabus, former Democratic Governor of Mississippi and U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil producer. He served as a senior adviser to the Obama campaign.

  • U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts, chairman of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. A long-time critic of OPEC and nuclear power, he supported higher fuel economy standards for cars and trucks.

  • Dan Reicher, director of climate change and energy initiatives at Google.org. A former assistant energy secretary under President Bill Clinton, he wants more U.S. electricity generated by renewable sources and promotes plug-in vehicles.

  • Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat who has called for a $850 million state Energy Independence Fund to invest in clean energy projects and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat who is a big promoter of developing liquid fuel from coal.

  • Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat who fought efforts to allow a coal-fired power plant to expand in her state, saying it would spew more greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Stay tuned, here and at Change.gov for more, once Obama announces his selection for Secretary of Energy and other key positions.

    3 comments:

    jcwinnie said...

    Well, it looks like your sort of listed them alphabetically, JJ. In any case. my knee jerk response is that Bingaman would be my first choice.

    Personally, I think Seibel should have been the VP, but then politics makes for strange bedfellows.

    Speaking of bed, in terms of credentials you probably want to consider if the prospective DoE secretary 1) has had fill of prossies 2) is working a program in Narcotics Anonymous and 3) has GAO experience.

    Anonymous said...

    If Senator Obama was really interested in climate change, he would appoint somebody who is strongly pro-nuclear.

    Creative Greenius said...

    My favorite on this list is Dan Reicher. The work he's done for Google.org puts him light years ahead of everyone else. He gets it and he knows how to make it happen. His govt. experience with the Clinton administration gives him the perfect balance of process know-how along with his prowess on technology and science. I want to see a smart grid, V2G and plug-ins all powered by renewable energy. Reicher is the best choice on this list to get us there.