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Energy Department, EPA Nominations May Be on Tap

Jan 8, 2013
(The Hill)

Now that President Obama has proposed new national security Cabinet members, the White House may be able to move to the Energy Department and Environmental Protection Agency. 

Obama's energy team is going to be remade just like his national security and foreign policy team, and many observers expect Energy Secretary Steven Chu to announce his resignation as soon as this week.

EPA chief Lisa Jackson has already announced she’s leaving soon, and names of potential nominees to replace both are flying around in the absence of public White House decisions.

At the DOE, possible Chu successors include former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (D); former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.); Center for American Progress founder John Podesta, who was President Clinton’s chief of staff; and Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.