US President-elect Joe Biden has picked officials with experience of cutting greenhouse gas emissions and promoting renewable energy to fill key environment-related posts in his incoming administration.
Regan, 44, would be the first Black man to run the EPA, playing a crucial role in executing Biden's plans to combat climate change, embrace green energy and address environmental racism.
He is also an adjunct professor at Stanford University - where he has taught graduate courses on technology policy and studied the fiscal and financial impacts of climate change. "Just like we need a unified national response to COVID-19, we need a unified national response to climate change".
Biden will nominate Rep. Deb Haaland serve as secretary of the interior; former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to head the Department of Energy; Michael Regan as EPA Administrator; Brenda Mallory as chair of the Council on Environmental Quality; Gina McCarthy as national climate advisor; and Ali Zaidi as deputy national climate advisor.
"The Biden-Harris cabinet, it will be historic, a cabinet that looks like America, that taps into the best of America, that opens doors and includes the full range of talents we have in this nation".
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"I also stand on the shoulders of my ancestors, and all the people who have sacrificed so I can be here", she said.
Zaidi is now serving the state of NY as Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Energy and Environment and Chairman of Climate Policy and Finance, and leading the state's efforts on climate change - driving investment into infrastructure and innovation, empowering workers and communities, and boosting economic and environmental resilience.
"We can win those jobs for American workers with the right policy, we can and I know what those jobs will mean both for the planet and those workers and families", she said.
Regan - who has led North Carolina's Department of Environmental Quality since 2017 - is known for "pursuing cleanups of industrial toxins and helping low-income and minority communities hit hardest by pollution", News & Record reported. He can be reached here.