Biden energy secretary nominee Jennifer Granholm reassures Republicans on fossil fuels

President Biden’s nominee to be secretary of energy, Jennifer Granholm, assured Republicans during her confirmation hearing Wednesday that fossil fuels will play a role in the administration’s aggressive plans to reduce emissions to combat climate change.

“It is important as we develop fossil fuels, we also develop the technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Granholm said.

Granholm was responding to a question by Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, the incoming top Republican on the Energy committee, who pressed her on a comment she made in private life saying she wanted to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

Granholm, a former
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