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 AGA Applauds Obama’s Green Team Appointments   


Washington, DC – The American Gas Association (AGA) today applauded President-elect Obama’s selection of an outstanding group of well-qualified energy and environmental leaders who can help America transition to a greener future.  Appointees include Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy; Carol Browner, Energy Coordinator; Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); and Nancy Sutley as head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

David N. Parker, AGA president and CEO, offered the following comment:

“These accomplished individuals bring stellar credentials to the job at hand.

“As a prize-winning academic, Steven Chu has remained outside the Washington bubble—which will no doubt prove to be an asset as lawmakers attempt to craft common-sense energy legislation.  He is a brilliant individual whose lifetime of accomplishments can only help our country in these uncertain times.

“Carol Browner has a long history of championing the environment through her work at the EPA and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.  Assuming the newly created position of Energy Coordinator, she will provide direction and oversight to ensure balance to the policy development process.

“A chemical engineer by trade and former head of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Lisa Jackson brings both scientific expertise and leadership experience to her new role as head of EPA.  EPA is sure to benefit from her rich background.

“Nancy Sutley, the deputy mayor of Los Angeles for energy and the environment, has a deep understanding of the challenges large urban areas face in meeting clean-air initiatives. We look forward to seeing her apply at the national level what she has learned from Los Angeles.

“To meet the challenges we face as a nation, we need a green team like the one President-elect Obama has amassed.  AGA is eager to work with this team to help build a secure energy future with clean, abundant, efficient fuels such as natural gas.  That way all Americans can be confident they are making responsible choices.”


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The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 94 percent — over 68 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets almost one-fourth of the United States' energy needs.

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