Chicago, Nov.13 : The incoming Obama administration is still mulling over will be its "climate czar", though many names are being bandied about.
Former Vice President Al Gore is being floated as a possible 'climate czar'. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nancy Floyd, founder and managing director of Nth Power, a green-tech venture capital firm, Dan Reicher, Google's director of climate change and energy initiatives, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and Kansas Governor. Kathleen Sebelius are some of the other names being touted around for the job.
But, according to Fox News, there are also rumors that Obama may create an Energy Security Council similar to the National Security Council.
According to a Politico.com report, the Obama transition team has been studying a white paper written by team leader and former Clinton chief of staff John Podesta on how an Energy Security Council would look and how it would work with other agencies, including the Department of Energy, the Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency.
A climate czar would oversee the administration's policies on energy and climate-change, and possibly monitor interactions on the issues among the other agencies and departments.
For the past 40 years, the Department of Energy has focused on generating fossil fuels and addressing the safety of civilian nuclear reactors and international nuclear materials. If Obama does create a National Energy Council, whoever he chooses to lead it will face an ambitious set of initiatives in his energy plan.