26 February 2021
Jennifer Granholm has been sworn because the sixteenth US secretary of power. The previous governor of Michigan mentioned the US Division of Power has the options to sort out the local weather emergency and the instruments to place America on an “irreversible path” to attain net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Granholm, on the left, was sworn in yesterday by Vice President Kamala Harris (Picture: US Authorities)
“When President Biden requested if I might take the helm on the Division of Power (DOE), I could not get the phrase ‘sure’ out quick sufficient. I am an power coverage wonk who has lengthy been in awe of the groundbreaking analysis and innovation that goes on at DOE, and I spent the couple of months after my nomination doing a deep dive into all that our company has achieved of their comparatively quick historical past,” Granholm mentioned in an article revealed by the division yesterday.
The local weather emergency is intensifying, “ravaging” the planet with “cataclysmic” storms, wildfires, droughts and floods that value billions to wash up, and placing nationwide safety in danger, she mentioned.
“We’ll have to repair this. It is on this era, this administration, you and me, to get local weather change underneath management in order that we are able to shield this planet for our kids. That is why President Biden has laid out the boldest local weather agenda in our nation’s historical past, one that can require sturdy collaboration throughout the federal authorities, the 50 states, and the non-public sector. And it’ll depend on the ability of science and innovation at a scale the world has by no means seen earlier than,” she mentioned.
President Joe Biden has tasked the DOE with the purpose of attaining net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, she mentioned. “For DOE, which means growing and deploying the applied sciences that can ship a clear power revolution … DOE scientists and engineers have been laying the groundwork for this motion for years, and now we’ll kick issues into hyperdrive. Whether or not it is photo voltaic, hydropower, carbon seize, or batteries, the clear power applied sciences of the long run are going to convey you reasonably priced, dependable energy, and shield our planet within the course of.”
Granholm was confirmed as power secretary following a Senate vote of 64-35. After the vote, Senator Joe Manchin, chairman of the Senate Power and Pure Assets Committee, mentioned Granholm had the management expertise, imaginative and prescient and “compassion for individuals” required to steer the DOE. “I do know from private expertise that she is going to work with and hearken to members on either side of the aisle on the problems vital to our nation,” he mentioned.
Maria Korsnick, president and CEO of the US Nuclear Power Institute, mentioned Granholm will play a pivotal function in furthering Biden’s ‘Construct Again Higher’ agenda by climate-focused programmes important to deploying extra carbon-free applied sciences, clear power job creation and a completely decarbonised financial system.
“We look ahead to working with the incoming power secretary to proceed our progress in direction of securing a carbon-free future for America, which incorporates and appropriately values nuclear power, alongside different carbon-free power sources,” she mentioned.
Judi Greenwald, govt director of the Nuclear Innovation Alliance, mentioned the non-profit assume tank is wanting ahead to working with Granholm and her group on the event, demonstration and deployment of the superior nuclear reactors to make sure the US can meet its emissions reductions objectives whereas powering a robust financial system and creating good jobs. “We’re hopeful that underneath Secretary Granholm, the US Division of Power will drive technology-inclusive, zero-carbon innovation ahead, for the good thing about all Individuals,” she mentioned.
Granholm made no point out of nuclear energy (which gives 55% of the USA’s carbon-free power) within the article, nor in a video deal with launched to coincide with the swearing-in.
Researched and written by World Nuclear Information