Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 17, 2020
Media Contact: Press@Michigan.gov
Governor Whitmer Statement on Former Governor Jennifer Granholm's Nomination as Secretary of Energy
LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the following statement after President-Elect Joe Biden selected former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to serve as Secretary of Energy:
"This is great news for our country and for the generations of Americans who will benefit from a clean energy advocate at the helm of the Department of Energy. Governor Granholm has been a fierce advocate for clean energy for decades. She spent eight years as governor working to build a more sustainable state, and focused Michigan's economic recovery from the Great Recession on clean energy, which helped push national markets towards renewable technologies. She's well suited to ensure that our economic recovery from COVID-19 prioritizes clean energy. In 2008, she partnered with the Department of Energy to award Michigan State University the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, which is educating the next generation of experts in energy and nuclear science. Governor Granholm also knows better than anyone how to make sure working people and organized labor are included in the clean energy transition. President-elect Biden has proven once again that he is committed to building an administration that represents the great diversity of our nation, with more women, more people of color, and more members of the LGBTQ+ community at the table. I look forward to working closely with Governor Granholm as she works to address the energy and climate challenges we face and build a more sustainable nation for generations to come. Let's get to work."