Thursday’s appointments of Hilda Solis as Secretary of Commerce and Prof. Jane Lubchenco as chief of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weren’t just strong for the environment. They were two grand slams. In the same inning.
Whom would you choose over Solis to catalyze the green jobs movement in America? She’s been great on environmental justice issues and a friend of labor. As for Lubchenco, she’s one of the nation’s most respected marine biologists, can speak both nerd and English, is a champion for solving the climate crisis, and understands ocean science and policy issues including overfishing as well as anyone out there.
All in all, two great picks that will help the nation move to a green economy and to environmental protection before irreversible consequences become overwhelming.