President-elect Barack Obama's reported choices for the top energy and environment officials set the stage for a dramatic change in policy on energy and climate change.
Carol M. Browner, a former Environmental Protection Agency administrator, is expected to get a position overseeing energy, environmental, and climate policies. And Lisa P. Jackson, who is chief of staff for New Jersey's governor, is said to be the leading candidate for the head of the EPA.
These positions will be at the center of Obama administration's energy and environment policy, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions growth and have energy efficiency play an important role in an expected economic stimulus package.
The expected choices of Chu, Browner, and Jackson suggest that Obama intends to move aggressively on these goals.
"On policy, it's a dramatic contrast based on what I know about the policy direction that all these folks will be bringing to these positions," Daniel Lashof, director of the Climate Center at the Natural Resources Defense Council, told The Washington Post.
The top EPA post is considered a pivotal position for climate change issues as the agency could begin to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide.
In the past few years, he's becoming increasingly involved in energy and climate change issues. In an interview with The Washington Post last year, he said, "I was following it just as a citizen and getting increasingly alarmed. Many of our best basic scientists [now] realize that this is getting down to a crisis situation."