The White House has launched a new energy division of its Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and appointed Sally Benson, a well-known energy expert at Stanford University, to a high-level position to contribute to climate change policy. In addition to Benson, the White House is bringing in another heavy hitter in climate policy circles: Costa Samaras has joined OSTP as the principal assistant director for energy. The new OSTP division will help implement the energy provisions in the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that Congress passed earlier this month. The bipartisan bill included $21.5 billion for clean energy demonstration projects across the country, although Senate Democrats are still struggling to overcome intraparty divisions to pass a massive social spending package, which contains a much larger clean energy investment costing $555 billion.
By Maxine Joselow. Washington Post. November 24, 2021.
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