By Audrey McNamara

26th February 2021 / 7:17 am
/ CBS News

The Senate on Thursday confirmed former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm as Secretary of the Department of Energy. A 64-35 vote secured President Biden’s election to lead the United States away from fossil fuels in order to pursue its goal of a “carbon-free energy sector.” 2035 “to achieve”

Granholm is a vocal advocate of clean energy and worked with automakers during her two terms as governor from 2003 to 2011 to move the industry towards electrification

“I sincerely thank the Senate for trusting me,” she tweeted after Thursday’s vote. “I’m obsessed with creating well-paying clean energy jobs in every corner of America to help us deal with our climate crisis. I’m impatient on results Now let’s get to work! “

I sincerely thank the Senate for trusting me. I am obsessed with creating well-paying clean energy jobs in every corner of America to help us face our climate crisis. I’m impatient for results. Now let’s get to work!

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, questioned Granholm at her confirmation hearing last month about her plan for Americans working in polluting energy sectors like coal and fossil fuels that are leaving the markets behind / p>

“Because the market is changing – the market is changing, we know that and people will realize that,” said Manchin. “How do we basically keep them in an opportunity situation?”

Granholm called the subject the “most important question” of her new department “We know this transition is happening and we cannot leave our people behind”

She pointed to solutions like ‘blue hydrogen’, a form of carbon sequestration, as job creation opportunities. ‘This hydrogen requires equipment,’ explained Granholm, ‘Who makes this equipment? If we get this equipment from another country , We’re Missing the Opportunity to Get Our People to Work In West Virginia and other coal and other fossil fuel states, we have an opportunity to specialize in carbon-reduction technologies, make those technologies here, and people here to bring to work “

Scaling up such technologies will be another hurdle for Granholm.Only a small portion of the Department of Energy’s $ 35 billion budget is devoted to energy innovation, with the vast majority earmarked for the country’s nuclear programs, including nuclear rehabilitation and the Modernizing the aging US. Nuclear infrastructure and strengthening non-proliferation efforts as per the Ministry’s budget proposal for 2021

Granholm will also be tasked with handling the demands for more power regulation in response to the unprecedented Texas winter storm that caused one of the worst blackouts in US Story She tweeted last week that the disaster left “America’s power grid simply unable to handle extreme weather events””

“Whether forest fires in California or snowstorms in Texas, we need to upgrade our network infrastructure as quickly as possible,” she wrote

Manchin, a moderate Democrat from West Virginia, is the only Democrat to date to say he was a “no” when confirming Mr. Biden’s election as director of the Office of Management and Budget Neera Tanden Manchin has said he objected to Tanden because of her history of partisan commentary, and on Thursday he praised Granholm’s ability to mediate with both sides of the aisle

“She has the leadership, vision and compassion for the people we need at the helm of the Department of Energy to meet the challenge of climate change while maintaining our energy security, protecting our national security and eliminating the cold War heritage and preserve our scientific and technological skills, “said Manchin

“She may not always agree with you, but she will listen to your concerns and try to address them”

First published on 25 February 2021 / 5:26 p.m.

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