Obama Names Energy Team

President-elect Barack Obama today announced his energy policy team (excluding the Secretary of Transportation, who will play a huge role in energy policy and Secretary of the Interior, who will oversee many environmental issues). Obama has signaled his strong desire to create a coherent energy policy and tackle climate change by creating a White House position (Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change) tasked with coordinating this portfolio.

From the transition's press release:

President-Elect Barack Obama Announces Key Members of Energy and Environment Team

CHICAGO – Today, President-elect Barack Obama announced key members of his energy and environment team, including Dr. Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy; Lisa Jackson, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator; Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ); Carol Browner, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change; and Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change.

President-elect Obama said, "In the 21st century, we know that the future of our economy and national security is inextricably linked to one challenge: energy.  The team that I have assembled here today is uniquely suited to meet the great challenges of this defining moment. They are leading experts and accomplished managers, and they are ready to reform government and help transform our economy so that our people are more prosperous, our nation is more secure, and our planet is protected. I look forward to working with them in the years ahead."