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Granholm, Whitmer respond to energy secretary nomination from Biden

Posted at 7:44 PM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-17 19:57:45-05

WASHINGTON — Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm reacted Thursday to her nomination to be President-elect Joe Biden's energy secretary.

She says the administration has an opportunity to Build Back Better while creating millions of jobs.

Current Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Americans will benefit from a clean energy advocate.

“This is great news for our country and for the generations of Americans who will benefit from a clean energy advocate at the helm of the Department of Energy. Governor Granholm has been a fierce advocate for clean energy for decades. Shespent eight years as governor working to build a more sustainable state,and focused Michigan's economic recovery from the Great Recession on clean energy, which helped push national markets towards renewable technologies. She's well suited to ensure that our economic recovery from COVID-19 prioritizes clean energy.In 2008,shepartnered withthe Department of Energytoaward Michigan State University the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, which is educating the next generation of experts in energyand nuclear science.Governor Granholm also knows better than anyone how to make sure working people and organized labor are included in the clean energy transition.President-elect Biden has proven once again that he is committed to building an administration that represents the great diversity of ournation, with more women, more people of color, and more members of the LGBTQ+ community at the table. I look forward to working closely with Governor Granholm as she works toaddress the energy andclimatechallenges we face andbuild a moresustainablenation for generations to come. Let’s get to work.”