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“For Biden’s Economic Team, an Early Focus on Climate”

“In announcing key economic advisers in the White House and the cabinet, the president-elect has emphasized action to boost clean energy and reduce emissions”.

“WASHINGTON — The video rollouts of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s pick for Treasury secretary, Janet L. Yellen, and National Economic Council director, Brian Deese, began biographically. But they quickly shifted to focus on an issue that could distinguish Mr. Biden’s core economic team from its predecessors: climate change.

Ms. Yellen promised an agenda to promote “investments that will create jobs and address the tremendous challenge of climate change.” Mr. Biden introduced Mr. Deese by calling him the first N.E.C. director who is a “true expert on climate policy.”

Both were clear signs that, even as Mr. Biden confronts the immediate task of accelerating the pandemic recovery, he has placed the longer-running climate challenge at the center of his administration’s economic priorities.”

Jim Tankersley and Lisa Friedman report for the New York Times December. 11, 2020.