From: VOA News
Published December 19, 2008 09:48 AM

Obama's 'Green Dream Team' to Make Energy, Environment a Priority

President-elect Barack Obama has unveiled what is being called his "green team", the Cabinet secretaries and top officials that will deal with environmental and energy policies. While environmental groups have praised the choices, they also say the incoming administration will need to make major policy changes to meet the challenges of global warming and other environmental problems. 

Obama's top priorities
"To create millions of new green jobs, to free our nation from its dependence on oil and help preserve this planet for our children," said President-elect Barack Obama as he outlined his top priorities for the environment and energy policy. "In the end that's not only the responsibility of all Americans, it's our obligation as stewards of God's earth." 

To accomplish this, Mr. Obama has said the development of alternative energy is key, and is inextricably linked to the future of the U.S. economy, national security and curbing global warming. 


Meeting with Nobel Peace Laureate and former Vice President Al Gore recently, Mr. Obama pledged to tackle this issue. "The time for delay is over; the time for denial is over," he said. "We all believe what the scientists have been telling us for years now, that this is a matter of urgency and national security, and it has to be dealt with in a serious way. That's what I intend my administration to do." 

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