President Obama sent mixed signals on his commitment to environmental protection when he announced his nominations to lead the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.
His EPA nominee, Gina McCarthy, is a tried and true environmental advocate with a proven track record on regulating pollution that causes global warming. But Obama's nominee to run the energy department, Ernest Moniz, is an apologist for fracking and nuclear power who said that renewable energy isn't ready to power our economy (obviously we know it is).
If this administration is going to seriously tackle global warming, it needs leaders like McCarthy, not Moniz. And we're going to need McCarthy to step up, and if necessary step OVER Moniz and other less-bold climate warriors in Obama's cabinet. Here's what we think should be on her to-do list as soon as the Senate confirms her appointment: