Obama Praises Zichal as She Prepares to Leave Administration

Deputy assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Heather Zichal will soon step down.
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Clare Foran
Nov. 8, 2013, 6:51 a.m.

Pres­id­ent Obama on Fri­day praised Heath­er Zichal, his top en­ergy and cli­mate-change ad­viser, for her ser­vice to the ad­min­is­tra­tion on her last day on the job.

“For more than five years, I have been for­tu­nate to have Heath­er Zichal as a trus­ted ad­viser,” the pres­id­ent said in a state­ment. “She craf­ted my en­ergy and cli­mate-change agenda in the 2008 cam­paign, then again on my pres­id­en­tial trans­ition, and as my top en­ergy and cli­mate ad­viser at the White House, she has been a strong and steady voice for policies that re­duce Amer­ica’s de­pend­ence on for­eign oil, pro­tect pub­lic health and our en­vir­on­ment, and com­bat the threat of glob­al cli­mate change.”

Zichal will be suc­ceeded by White House Deputy Dir­ect­or for en­ergy and Cli­mate Change Dan Utech.


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