President-elect Barack Obama continues to fill his incoming administration with picks that seem to please the biodiesel world.
The National Biodiesel Board has sent out congratulations to Dr. Steven Chu, who has been tapped to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Energy; Carol Browner, who was named to the new position of White House Coordinator of Energy and Climate Policy(commonly called the Energy Czar); Lisa Jackson, who will head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); and Nancy Sutley to serve the President-elect as the lead White House Council on Environmental Quality:
Joe Jobe, the CEO of the National Biodiesel Board said, “The National Biodiesel Board congratulates Dr. Chu on this prestigious appointment. We are pleased that President-elect Obama, as a consistent supporter of biodiesel, has chosen such a competent, qualified individual to serve in this important capacity. We look forward to working with Secretary-designate Chu to constructively address the nation’s energy needs and optimize biodiesel’s potential as a way to reduce our reliance on foreign oil by utilizing environmentally friendly, domestically produced fuel…”
“I would like to congratulate Carol Browner on her selection by the President-elect. She has a long and distinguished resume in the field of energy and environmental policy, and her experience and commitment will help us effectively address the energy and climate challenges we face as a nation…”
“I have no doubt that that Lisa Jackson will provide skilled, capable leadership at the EPA,” stated [Jobe]. “Our industry is proud of the fact that we displace petroleum with a clean-burning, environmentally-friendly fuel, and I look forward to working with Administrator-designate Jackson to achieve our shared goals of protecting the environment and promoting clean, renewable fuels as an alternative to fossil fuels…”
“While Congress and the President-Elect Obama’s administration works to develop a comprehensive energy policy, I, look forward to working with Nancy Sutley to promote the environmental benefits of biodiesel, a clean burning fuel that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and has the highest energy balance of any domestically produced renewable fuel,”
I’m sure we’ll be seeing and hearing more from this group in the future. Congrats to all!