Obama announced most of his energy and environment appointees yesterday evening. They are:
- Steven Chu for Department of Energy
- Lisa Jackson for Environmental Protection Agency
- Nancy Sutley for White House Council on Environmental Quality
- Carol Browner for assistant to the president for energy and climate change
The nominee to head the Interior Department has not been announced, but it appears to be Ken Salazar. From what I had read about him, Salazar seems an improvement over some of the other picks being floated, but not nearly as exciting as Raúl Grijalva would have been. The good news is that he opposes oil drilling in Arctic NWR (no more annual battles!) and oil shale development. The latter practice is a major killer of birds in the boreal forest and would probably have similar results if introduced to western states. He also has a good voting record.