President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday rolled out an environmental team that he hopes will steer America toward greater action to curb climate change and protect the nation's air and water. (Dec. 19)
JOE BIDEN: Like their fellow cabinet nominees and appointees, members of our environmental and energy team are brilliant. They're qualified, tested, and they are barrier-busting. Today, the announcement we will make, the-- the sixth African American-- the sixth of African American members of our cabinet, which is a record.
After today, our cabinet won't just be one or two precedent-breaking appointments, but 12, including today's long overdue appointment of the first Native American cabinet secretary. And welcome, welcome, welcome. Already, there are more people of color in our cabinet than any cabinet ever, more women than ever.
The Biden-Harris cabinet, it will be historic, the cabinet that looks like America, that taps into the best of America, that opens doors and includes the full range of talents we have in this nation. And like the rest of the team, today's nominees are ready on day one, which is essential because we literally have no time to waste.
Folks, we're in a crisis. Just like we need to be a unified nation in response to COVID-19, we need a unified national response to climate change. We need to meet the moment with the urgency it demands, as we would during any national emergency.
And we'll bring America back, back into the Paris Agreement, and put us back in the business of leading the world on climate change again. The current administration reversed the Obama-Biden fuel efficiency standards and picked big oil companies over American workers. Our administration will not only bring those standards back, we'll set new ambitious standards.