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The White House is set to create a new division of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) that will coordinate federal climate change policy.
The Biden administration will appoint Sally Benson, a professor of energy engineering at Stanford University, to head the newly-created division, according to The Washington Post, which was the first to report the news. The Hill has confirmed the creation of the division.
In an announcement Wednesday, the White House said the OSTP Energy Division will be focused on planning the transition to renewable energy and ensuring the U.S. meets its target of reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The OSTP has also appointed Costa Samaras, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, to serve as Principal Assistant Director for Energy and Chief Advisor for Energy Policy at OSTP.
In her role as deputy director for energy and chief strategist for the energy transition, Benson will work closely with other officials such as White House climate adviser Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyKerry: Climate summit 'bigger, more engaged, more urgent' than in past Biden must show how he arrives at his greenhouse gas target White House climate adviser emphasizes value of state, local policy at climate summit MORE and OSTP Deputy Director for Climate and Environment Jane Lubchenco.
“We have a 120-year-old energy system that was built over a long time period, and we're talking about very quickly changing that to a new system,” Benson told the Post. “And this is a huge opportunity for American industry, for American workers, to lead.”
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