Grist: You've been active on green issues in Boulder. What do you hope to be able to do with that experience in your new role at the White House?
McGrath: Well, first I should say that I'll be working on the president's priorities and his agenda, and that could cover the gambit of issues. That said, he has clearly pointed to energy issues and climate change as being very important to his administration, so I expect that would possibly be an area that I could be involved in, particularly since those are issues that are very important to the governors as well.
Grist: A lot of the significant work we've seen on climate and energy has been coming from municipalities, mayors, and governors. What do you think you'll bring to this position from your experience working with governors and as mayor?
McGrath: In Boulder we have been looking at how to reduce our climate emissions for a while now, and we adopted a Climate Action Plan a few years back, and passed a carbon tax to help pay for programs to meet that goal. So we've had some experience there that may be somewhat ahead of where others are and may be something that I can bring to the discussion when it comes up.