Who Will Take Over Obama's Energy Agenda?
Posted at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 28, 2012
Emily Heil looks at potential successors to Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson.
At the Department of Energy: “we’re hearing two a bit louder of late: former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter and John Podesta, founder of the Center for American Progress… It’s thought that Podesta, who was chief of staff to former President Bill Clinton and co-chaired President Obama’s transition team, would bring a savvier political sense to the job than did Chu… Ritter has also been mentioned as a candidate to head up the Interior Department, if and when Secretary Ken Salazar departs.”
At the EPA: “We’re hearing that among the names mentioned to replace her, Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe is being touted by those who think his relatively cordial relationship with business and his position as a career staffer would make him much less of a lightening rod for criticism (read:easier to confirm) than some other potential candidates for the gig.”