Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09)
December 18, 2020
“As someone who saw Jennifer Granholm’s energy leadership firsthand, I can say that Joe Biden will have an Energy Department that leads the world on climate change policy at this crucial time for bold action.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Andy Levin, who served in Governor Jennifer Granholm’s Cabinet overseeing the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth, released the following statement upon President-elect Joe Biden’s nomination of Granholm to lead the United States Department of Energy.
“As someone who saw Jennifer Granholm’s energy leadership firsthand, I can say that Joe Biden will have an Energy Department that leads the world on climate change policy at this crucial time for bold action. He has chosen a person with an excellent track record of running a state in very difficult times, who will be an effective and inspirational administrator and a hands-on policy leader, a brilliant mind racing ahead toward the green future our nation and planet need.
“I’ll never forget the day she asked me to come and work for her. I started in January 2007 in the middle of the auto implosion. She knew that vehicle electrification and retraining workers were key to Michigan’s recovery and future and had the foresight and wisdom to combine energy, labor, and economic growth in a single department, knowing that we could tackle climate change and unemployment while creating new opportunity for workers and businesses alike.
“The only way for Detroit to remain the Motor City is if we dominate the development and production of electric and autonomous vehicles. Jennifer Granholm understands the auto industry and can help America compete effectively with China and Europe to make sure we lead the profound technological transformation the industry must go through.
“I am proud to have partnered with her on another big part of her legacy in leading Michigan, the No Worker Left Behind Program, in which we put 162,000 unemployed and underemployed workers back to school to study for certificates and degrees leading to in-demand jobs, with substantial investments in green jobs. Renewable energy was such a priority for her that it was memorialized in her official portrait in the Michigan State Capitol, where her hand rests on a globe with a model wind turbine next to the orb. I am so excited that she can now dream beyond offshore wind on the Great Lakes and lead on green energy nationally and even globally.
“With so much of my experience under her leadership informing my work now as representative for Michigan’s 9th district, I am excited to work with her once again in transforming this country for the better and saving our planet for future generations.”