Biden’s national climate adviser resigns, replacement announced

President Joe Biden has just announced a replacement for Gina McCarthy, the outgoing White House national climate adviser.

According to The Hill, Biden is going to replace McCarthy with John Podesta. 

Biden announced on Friday.

“We are fortunate that John Podesta will lead our continued innovation and implementation,” Biden said. “His deep roots in climate and clean energy policy and his experience at senior levels of government mean we can truly hit the ground running to take advantage of the massive clean energy opportunity in front of us.”

Podesta’s background

Biden’s appointment of Podesta is in line with his trend of stacking his administration with people tied to former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

Back when Clinton was president, Podesta was his chief of staff. And, more recently, Podesta served as the chair of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Now, Podesta will be the Biden administration’s senior advisor to the president for clean energy innovation and implementation.

McCarthy’s resignation

After many months of rumors, the White House announced on Friday that McCarthy is indeed leaving the administration. It was White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre who confirmed the news.

“Gina is indeed leaving us,” Jean-Pierre said. “She, as you know, has been a leader in what we have seen as one of the largest investments in dealing with climate change. We are very sad to lose her.”

McCarthy is reported to have played a large role in the recently-passed, so-called Inflation Reduction Act, which has a lot more to do with climate change than inflation reduction. We, however, have no idea why it is that McCarthy has picked now to step down.

Biden has released a statement in praise of McCarthy’s accomplishments with his administration. He wrote:

Under Gina McCarthy and Ali Zaidi’s leadership, my administration has taken the most aggressive action ever, from historic legislation to bold executive actions, to confront the climate crisis head-on. The Inflation Reduction Act is the biggest step forward on clean energy and climate in history, and it paves the way for additional steps we will take to meet our clean energy and climate goals.

McCarthy’s final day with the administration will be Sept. 16.

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