President Joe Biden has vowed to combat climate change with a $1.7 trillion climate plan aimed at fighting what he calls the “existential threat of our time” while promising millions of jobs to put Americans back to work. Biden has called for a unified response with an “all hands on deck” approach meant to mobilize his entire administration in a strategic, coordinated way.
As part of his strategy, Biden has selected an unprecedented number of climate experts to top White House positions, created new climate agencies and Cabinet-level positions, and elevated the issue across departments. To help journalists report on the Biden administration’s climate plans, Covering Climate Now has compiled a list of top officials you need to know, with information, where available, to second-tier personnel and aides. Be sure to click through to these lists, as they are the insiders that will help you most in your reporting.
As we write this, new appointments are being unveiled, confirmation hearings are underway, and government websites are being updated. In other words, this document is a work in progress. We will continue to update it, so be sure to check back for new information. We’re also in the process of creating a Biden Climate Team twitter list to help you easily follow members of the administration. Please feel free to email us with any thoughts, comments, or questions.