Utech came to the Obama administration in 2010 and currently serves as the White House deputy director for climate. He will replace the departing energy and climate advisor, Heather Zichal, whose last day is Friday.
For the last 3 1/2 years, Utech has played a significant role in developing and implementing much of the President's energy and climate agenda. In his new position, which he will begin Monday, Utech will also have to explain to the public the administration's stand on often-contentious energy and environmental issues, such as the Keystone XL oil pipeline and new rules to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
Environmentalists welcomed Utech's appointment. “Dan Utech is a leader, a seasoned expert, and the right person for this critical energy and climate post," said Frances Beinecke, president of the
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"We had a constructive working relationship with Heather Zichal and wish her well as she moves on," Gerard said. " We look forward to working with Dan Utech to promote the U.S. energy revolution that is creating jobs, sending more revenue to our government and making America more energy secure."]
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