White House creates new climate-focused division within Office of Science and Technology Policy
(CNN) The White House has created a new climate-focused division within its Office of Science and Technology Policy and has tapped Stanford professor Sally Benson to lead it, a White House official confirmed to CNN.
Benson will serve as deputy director for energy and chief strategist for the energy transition at OSTP.
The Washington Post first reported the announcement, which is scheduled for Wednesday.
Benson has been at Stanford University since 2007 and is co-director of the Stanford Center for Carbon Storage and the Stanford Carbon Removal Initiative.
She studies "technologies and pathways to reducing greenhouse gas emissions including geologic storage of CO2 in deep underground formations and energy systems analysis for a low-carbon future," according to Stanford University.
The creation of the new division underscores the Biden administration's commitment to tackling the global climate crisis.
The President has said he wants the United States to lead the world in the fight against the climate crisis and has committed the United States to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 50%-52% below its 2005 emissions levels by 2030.