President-elect Obama Announces Selections for Transportation, Labor, SBA and USTR

President-elect Barack Obama recently announced that he intends to make the following nominations:

  • United States Congresswoman Hilda Solis - Secretary of Labor
  • Former United States Congressman Ray LaHood – Secretary of Transportation
  • Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk – United States Trade Representative
  • Karen G. Mills - Administrator of the Small Business Administration

These members of President-elect Barack Obama's team will be contributing to economic recovery efforts.  The following video is of the press conference announcing these appointments:

President-elect Obama Announces Energy and Environment Team

President-elect Barack Obama announced earlier this week the following members of his Energy and Environment team:

  • Dr. Steven Chu – Secretary of Energy
  • Lisa Jackson - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator
  • Nancy Sutley – Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)
  • Carol Browner – Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change
  • Heather Zichal – Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change

The following video is of the press conference announcing these appointments:

Environmental Groups Present Recommendations to Obama-Biden Transition Team

A group of national environmental and conservation organizations recently met with the Energy and Environment Team of the Obama-Biden Transition and submitted a report to them entitled Transition to Green which contains a series of recommendations (click image to download report).  You can provide comments to the Obama-Biden Transition Team on this report via this page of the website.

Transition to Green Report

The following video provides a brief snapshot of the meeting that took place.

Obama Economic Stimulus Plan to Include Focus on Green Jobs

President-elect Barack Obama's economic stimulus proposal will include provisions that support green jobs. While the complete plan hasn't been announced, recent reports have begun to provide insights into the plan's scope and contents. According to a December 3, 2008 article in The New York Times, Proposal Ties Economic Stimulus to Energy Plan:

President-elect Barack Obama and leaders in Congress are fashioning a plan to pour billions of dollars into a jobs program to jolt the economy and lay the groundwork for a more energy-efficient one.

The details and cost of the so-called green-jobs program are still unclear, but a senior Obama aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss a work in progress, said it would probably include the weatherizing of hundreds of thousands of homes, the installation of “smart meters” to monitor and reduce home energy use, and billions of dollars in grants to state and local governments for mass transit and infrastructure projects.

The green component of the much larger stimulus plan would cost at least $15 billion a year, and perhaps considerably more, depending on how the projects were defined, aides working on the package said.

This was followed by a December 6th article in The New York Times, Obama Pledges Public Works on a Vast Scale:

With jobs evaporating and the recession deepening, Mr. Obama began highlighting elements of the economic recovery program he is trying to fashion with Congressional leaders in hopes of being able to enact it shortly after being sworn in on Jan. 20.

Although Mr. Obama put no price tag on his plan, he said he would invest record amounts of money in the vast infrastructure program, which also includes work on schools, sewer systems, mass transit, electrical grids, dams and other public utilities. The green jobs would include various categories, including jobs dedicated to creating alternative fuels, windmills and solar panels; building energy efficient appliances, or installing fuel-efficient heating or cooling systems.

The green jobs portion of the economic package could run as high as $100 billion over two years, according to an aide familiar with the discussions. more information:

President-elect Obama has also discussed including green jobs in his economic recovery proposal his weekly address of November 22nd and December 6th.  In his December 6th address, President-elect Obama indicated that part of his plan will include a "massive effort to make public buildings more energy-efficient":

Additional insights into the proposed plan can be obtained from the following web pages and documents: