Nobel Prize winning Physicist Steven Chu from Berkley, California, was named on December 16, 2008 as President-elect Obama’s nominee as Energy Secretary. Dr. Chu is reported to believe that the world is on an unsustainable energy path and that coal-fired electricity “is an obstacle to progress.” Carol Browner, former head of the EPA, will coordinate the White House policy on energy and climate change, which is a new position within the White House. President-elect Obama also named Lisa Jackson, a Princeton-educated chemical engineer, to lead the EPA and Nancy Sutley, a California-based policy-oriented administrator, to head the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Each of these nominees appear to be well qualified and are reported to have a change-oriented philosophy when it comes to our country’s energy and environmental priorities and policies

Link to Reuters article.

Link to Reuters article about Chu.