Gina McCarthy is resigning as White House climate adviser

White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, left, speaks as Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm looks on during an event on investment in the U.S. electric vehicle charging network, February 10, 2022. / Credit: Drew Angerer / Getty Images

White House national climate adviser Gina McCarthy is stepping down on Sept. 16, the White House announced Friday, weeks after President Joe Biden signed on. important legislation to combat climate change.

McCarthy will be succeeded by Ali Zaidi, who is currently McCarthy’s White House deputy. Mr. Biden also named former White House chief of staff John Podesta as his senior adviser on clean energy innovation and implementation.

Podesta will be tasked with implementing the new climate legislation, which aims to lower the cost of clean energy, among other goals. It is investing nearly $400 billion in energy security and climate change proposals and will help reduce carbon emissions by around 40% by 2030.

To incentivize consumers to buy technologies to reduce emissions and energy prices, the law includes $9 billion in home energy rebate programs, a $4,000 consumer tax credit for buying used electric vehicles and a $7,500 tax credit for the purchase of new clean vehicles. available only to low and moderate income earners.

The law also invests $30 billion in production tax credits to accelerate U.S. production of solar panels, wind turbines, barrels and critical minerals. $10 billion in tax credits to build clean technology manufacturing facilities, such as those that make electric vehicles and solar panels. and $500 million through the Defense Production Act for heat pumps and critical minerals processing.

For rural communities, the plan invests more than $20 billion in “climate-smart agricultural practices,” grants for fire-resistant forests, forest conservation and urban tree planting, and $2.6 billion in grants for coastal habitat conservation and restoration. It also imposes a fee of up to $1,500 per metric ton on oil and gas companies for methane emissions and reinstates oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska.

Podesta will be the chairman of the president’s climate task force, and Zaidi will also be the vice chairman.

Mr. Biden, in a statement, praised McCarthy and Zaidi for their roles in the climate legislation, calling the law “the biggest step forward for clean energy and climate in history.” He added that it “paves the way for additional steps we will take to meet our clean energy and climate goals.” He called McCarthy an “invaluable member” of his senior staff from the beginning of his administration.

He also welcomed Podesta, who is the founder of the liberal think tank the Center for American Progress, to his new job, saying: “His deep roots in climate and clean energy policy and experience at senior levels of government means that we can really hit the ground running to take advantage of the huge clean energy opportunity before us.

“I am extremely grateful for Gina’s service and am proud to announce Ali’s promotion to National Climate Advisor. Gina has been an invaluable member of my senior staff since day 1 of the administration and I wish her the best as she moves to the front.”

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