"Biden Picks Deb Haaland. Now Comes The Hard Part"

"Rep. Deb Haaland's selection to lead the Interior Department has energized the progressive base, mobilized tribal communities and thrilled politicos who want to see President-elect Joe Biden make history with his first round of Cabinet picks. In Congress, however, the New Mexico Democrat is about to run the gantlet of a confirmation process in a Republican-led Senate."


Source: E&E News, 12/21/2020

Feds Reduce Vaccine Shipments, As Pfizer Says It Has ‘Millions’ Of Doses

"Officials in multiple states said they were alerted late Wednesday that their second shipments of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine had been drastically cut for next week, sparking widespread confusion and conflicting statements from Pfizer and federal officials about who was at fault."

Source: Washington Post, 12/18/2020

Biden Picks Michael Regan, NC Environment Chief, to Head E.P.A.

"President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has selected Michael S. Regan, North Carolina’s top environmental regulator, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Biden’s transition team announced Thursday. The decision elevates for the first time a Black man to lead the powerful department, which is central to achieving the new administration’s climate change agenda."

Source: NYTimes, 12/18/2020

"Biden Picks Deb Haaland to Lead Interior Department"

"In a historic decision, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has chosen Deb Haaland, a congressional representative from New Mexico and a Native American, to lead the Interior Department, an agency that for much of the nation’s history played a central role in the dislocation and abuse of Indigenous communities from coast to coast."

Source: NYTimes, 12/18/2020

"With Historic Picks, Biden Puts Environmental Justice Front And Center"

"The selection of the first Native American interior secretary and first Black male EPA chief highlights pollution disparities".  ... "With that selection and several others this week, Biden is sending a clear message that the officials who will confront the nation’s environmental problems will look like the Americans who are disproportionately affected by toxic air and despoiled land."

Source: Washington Post, 12/18/2020


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