"Critic Of Fossil Fuels To Lead Key Offshore Oil Agency For Biden"

"The administration plans to name Elizabeth Klein the new director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which also oversees offshore-wind development".

"The Biden administration is using a new opening at a powerful offshore energy agency to elevate a critic of fossil fuels who previously was blocked from a top Interior Department job because of opposition from oil industry allies in the Senate.

Amanda Lefton, director of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM, will leave her post Jan. 19 after nearly two years in charge. The BOEM oversees leasing for offshore oil, gas, minerals and wind-power development, and Lefton has led a Biden administration shift to emphasize wind, leading to record-large lease sales supporting the nascent U.S. industry.

Her replacement will be Elizabeth Klein, a senior adviser to Secretary Deb Haaland and strong supporter of renewable energies who had also worked at Interior during the Clinton and Obama administrations."

Timothy Puko reports for the Washington Post January 10, 2023.

Source: Washington Post, 01/11/2023