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Obama selects new climate czar

Washington, D.C.-based environmental adviser Dan Utech will join the Obama administration as President Barack Obama‘s top adviser on energy policy and climate change. Heather Zichal, the outgoing “climate czar” has her last day November 8.

According to reports, Utech will assist the administration with the implementation of the president’s climate action plan, and provide input on other energy policy decisions.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s June 2014 deadline for releasing its proposed emissions limits for the U.S. power generation fleet will likely occur during Utech’s tenure as climate czar as well.

Environmental groups, such as the Environmental Defense Action Fund and the Sierra Club made positive statements about Utech’s selection.

Utech worked as an aide with the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, and also advised former Sen. Hillary Clinton on energy and environmental issues. He also advised former energy secretary Steven Chu.