The Biden Administration’s Plan and Team to Address the Climate Crisis

By Michael Sales. As discussed in our recent ECA Massachusetts newsletters, President Biden has proposed an ambitious climate plan and assembled an experienced, talented and diverse team to turn his aspirations into reality. Periodically, we will be updating our coverage of the Biden administration’s efforts to implement and explain this effort. 

This suite of articles: 

  • Leads with an update on how the implementation of the plan is proceeding. (Spoiler Alert: a lot is happening!) 
  • Repeats our previous synopsis (by Michael Sales and Roger Luckmann) of Biden’s climate plan.
  • Profiles key members of Biden’s climate team: 
    • John Kerry, former U.S. senator and Secretary of State, international Special Presidential Envoy for Climate.
    • Gina McCarthy, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama, to be Biden’s domestic National Climate Advisor.
    • Jennifer Granholm, former Governor of Michigan, confirmed as Secretary of Energy.
    • Deb Haaland, Congresswoman from New Mexico, nominated to be Secretary of the Interior.
    • Pete Buttigieg, former Presidential candidate and Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, confirmed as Secretary of Transportation.
    • Michael Regan, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
    • Ali Zaidi, formerly a member of the Office of Management and Budget team under Obama, to be Gina McCarthy’s deputy.
    • Brian Deese, Director of the National Economic Council.
    • Tom Vilsack, confirmed as Secretary of Agriculture.
    • Brenda Mallory, nominated to be Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality.
    • Biden’s Science Advisors

Given Biden’s intention of integrating climate considerations into many if not all elements of his administration, we can expect the list of relevant personnel to keep growing in the months and years ahead. For example, his science and technologies advisors are almost certainly going to be focusing on climate-related topics.

Furthermore, we’ll strive to understand the ways in which national climate legislation and executive orders will impact Massachusetts and New England directly and how that legislation will interact with legislative activity in our state and, perhaps, at local levels as well. We’d welcome anyone with an interest in the relationships between national and local legislative activities to join into this information tracking and analysis effort. We’re looking for politically savvy news hounds in particular! Please get in touch with Michael Sales at to discuss your interest in a project of this nature.