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Meet the candidates for the Biden Energy and Climate Cabinet

A nuclear physicist who served as Mr. Obama’s second energy secretary remains in the running to return to his old post. Dr Moniz, now chairman and CEO of the Future of Energy Initiative, a research organization, served as informal advisor to Mr Biden during the campaign and several people who worked under his leadership at energy department said they would be happy to do so. so again.

But Dr. Moniz has detractors. Liberal groups have protested against some of the positions he has taken since leaving government, including a post on the board of directors of Southern Company, an electricity and gas utility company. They also opposed his endorsement of nuclear power and carbon capture and storage as a means of tackling climate change, as they believe climate policy should focus only on renewable sources like wind and solar.

Although his greatest legacy is to help secure the Iran nuclear deal, Dr Moniz has also played a key role behind the scenes of the Paris Agreement on climate change, striving to make l clean energy a central part of the agreement. As part of Mission Innovation, a side agreement to the Paris Agreement, 19 countries and the United States agreed to double research and development spending on carbon-free energy. President Trump effectively withdrew from the pact when he abandoned the Paris Agreement.

Also in the running:

Dr Majumdar, who currently heads Mr Biden’s transition team for the energy department, could become its secretary. Dr Majumdar moved to the United States from India to obtain a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and became the first director of the Department of Energy‘s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy program, where he tried relations with Republicans and Democrats. Currently, Dr Majumdar heads the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University.

One of Rhodes’ first female scholars, Ms. Sherwood-Randall has extensive experience with nuclear weapons, most of the work of the Department of Energy, as well as the challenges to the country’s power grid. A former adviser to Mr. Biden while in the Senate, Ms. Sherwood-Randall served in the Clinton and Obama administrations, working on foreign policy and national security issues. From 2014 to 2017, she was Deputy Energy Secretary, Head of the National Nuclear Security Administration. She also led an initiative to address the challenges of the electricity grid.

Mr. Zaidi, New York State’s assistant secretary of energy and environment, is widely seen as the leader for the role of national climate change coordinator. The new post would require someone who could work with cabinet secretaries and other high profile figures like Mr Kerry. Mr. Zaidi was associate director of the White House Office of Management and Budget under the leadership of Mr. Obama, where he helped design the White House Climate Action Plan, a reduction plan shows.