President-elect Joe Biden is expected to select former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm as his Secretary of Energy, according to reports. If confirmed, she would be the second woman to hold the position, which could play a critical role as part of the administration’s goal of hitting net-zero emissions in the US by 2050, with a significant reduction by 2035. The president-elect has proposed a $2trn “clean energy” infrastructure plan to combat the growing climate emergency – and Donald Trump’s failure to address the crisis in his four years in office – through investments in construction projects, housing, power generation, mass transit and the auto industry as the nation moves away from fossil fuel production. A bulk of the Energy Department’s budget – more than $27bn – is focused on maintaining the nation’s nuclear programme, but it oversees more than a dozen labs tasked with developing renewable energy production. The department also plays a role in developing standards for building emissions and appliances, areas that the Biden administration will also target in its emissions battle.
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