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Obama's green team

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(Read caption) In a news conference in Chicago, U.S. President-elect Barack Obama introduced Nobel physics laureate Steven Chu as Energy Secretary; Lisa Jackson (center), chief of staff for New Jersey's governor, to run the EPA; former Environmental Protection Agency chief Carol Browner (right), to head a new council to coordinate White House energy climate, and environment policies; and Nancy Sutley, a deputy mayor of Los. Angeles, as head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality

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At a news conference in Chicago Monday, Barack Obama announced many of his energy and environment appointees, a team that many say signals a sharp break from Bush administration policies toward pollution, wildlife, clean energy, and climate change.

"In the 21st century, we know that the future of our economy and national security is inextricably linked to one challenge: energy," Obama said Monday, according to a press release. "The team that I have assembled here today is uniquely suited to meet the great challenges of this defining moment. They are leading experts and accomplished managers, and they are ready to reform government and help transform our economy so that our people are more prosperous, our nation is more secure, and our planet is protected. I look forward to working with them in the years ahead.”

The picks are as follows:

Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy

Mr. Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist who runs the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been tapped to head the Department of Energy, an agency charged with designing and producing nuclear weapons, disposing of radioactive waste, overseeing domestic energy production, and conducting energy-related research.

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