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White House seeks enviro policy council chair

The White House, seen from the South Lawn. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) The White House, seen from the South Lawn. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

No white smoke yet from the White House on a pick to replace outgoing Council on Environmental Quality Chairwoman Nancy Sutley, our colleague Juliet Eilperin tells us.

Some of the leading candidates to succeed Sutley, who is leaving next month  as top environmental policy adviser, include: Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres, a nonprofit enviro group; former Department of Energy official Dan Reicher, who’s now executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University; and, former deputy secretary of Interior David Hayes, who’s now a visiting lecturer at Stanford Law and a senior fellow at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

There are others in the mix, we’re told.

There remains a possibility that former White House senior energy and climate adviser Heather Zichal could return. President Obama was said to have asked her to stay on — and the possibility of her taking the CEQ job was said to have been discussed in order to get her to stay.

Obama is a big fan, although it is unclear if Zichal would want to reenter the administration. And you can expect new White House counselor John Podesta, whose portfolio includes climate change, to weigh in on the decision.





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