Dec 7, 2020 - Energy & Environment

Why Biden's HHS pick matters for climate change policy

Xavier Becerra.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Biden said Monday he'll nominate California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be Health and Human Services secretary and announced several other health-related picks too.

Why it matters: Biden's campaign envisioned a substantial role for HHS in addressing the public health effects of global warming and pollution.

  • .Biden's campaign platform vowed to launch an "Office of Climate Change and Health Equity" at HHS.
  • It also calls for an HHS-led task force to "decrease risk of climate change to children, the elderly, people with disabilities, and the vulnerable."

What's new: The climate group Evergreen Action, which backs those proposals, last night also floated other ideas for how HHS under Becerra can play a "critical role in the national climate mobilization."

  • Their ideas include finding ways to "[s]trengthen the resilience of healthcare systems and supply chains in the face of climate impacts, including worsening disasters."
  • Another would be to prioritize National Institutes of Health grant funding for "research on the intersections of public health and climate change."

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