Obama names heads for EPA, DOE

President Barack Obama has formally named his selections for cabinet positions heading up the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Office of Management and Budget.

After first praising departing DOE head Steven Chu, the president named MIT physicist Ernest Moniz to carry on work at the DOE to develop new energy technologies and carry on the president’s “all of the above” energy strategy.

Before naming Gina McCarthy to head up the EPA, the president gave special attention to the work of her predecessor, departing EPA chief Lisa Jackson, in combating climate change.

Obama highlighted McCarthy’s Boston roots; she once worked as an environmental advisor to then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Obama said his two choices would ensure “that we’re doing everything we can to combat the threat of climate change.”

A coalition of organizations, including the Natural Resources Defense Fund, the U.S. Climate Action Network and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, all gave praise for McCarthy’s nomination.

Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Administration, released a statement congratulating both Moniz and McCarthy on their nominations.

“SEIA looks forward to working with the EPA and DOE to work towards the Obama Administration’s goals to achieve energy independence, create clean energy jobs, fight climate change and ignite economic growth,” Resch said.

The president also named Walmart Foundation president Sylvia Matthews Burwell as his pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget.

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