White House Announces New Climate Division, Led By Stanford professor Sally Benson

Bryan Dijkhuizen

In a statement released on Wednesday, the White House announced the creation of a new climate-focused division under the Office of Science and Technology Policy, with Stanford professor Sally Benson serving as its director.

The OSTP Energy Division "will develop national clean energy innovation plans to ensure America's continued leadership in clean energy innovation and ensure the United States gets to net-zero emissions by 2050," the White House said.

According to a White House press release, Benson will join the Office of Science and Technology Policy as deputy director for energy and lead strategist for the energy transition.

As primary assistant director for energy and top advisor for energy policy, Costa Samaras will bring his experience as an engineer and policy analyst from his previous position at Carnegie Mellon University.

Benson and Samaras will collaborate with scientists and climate experts in the Biden administration, notably White House national climate adviser Gina McCarthy and OSTP deputy director for climate and environment Jane Lubchenco, to address climate change issues.

The establishment of the new division demonstrates the Biden administration's commitment to addressing the global climate catastrophe.

He has said that he wants the United States to be a leader in the battle against climate change and that the country will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent, 52 percent below their 2005 levels by 2030 if they continue on their current path.

Additionally, the new infrastructure law that Vice President Biden recently signed includes approximately $50 billion for climate resilience, including replacing roads to withstand extreme rainfall, treating forests to prevent wildfires, and shoring up reservoirs that have sunk to record lows this year due to an unprecedented dry spell.

Kerry, who served as Secretary of State under President Barack Obama and has a long history of environmental activism, is a Cabinet-level official in Vice President Joe Biden's administration and a member of the National Security Council.

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