11/28/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Projecting McCain's Eco-Cabinet: Would He Bring Moderates?

Contrary to published reports, the presidential election won't happen until Nov. 4. Those hundreds of thousands of robo-calls, the blizzard of TV ads, or other unforeseen events could propel a Republican team to the White House, leaving President-elect John McCain to assemble a Cabinet to run the government.

The global economic crisis, for the moment, is dominating the headlines, but there is no doubt the next president will have to grapple with daunting energy and environmental issues fairly quickly once in office. For starters, fuel prices could careen upward again, and a post-Kyoto summit between 189 countries to hash out new greenhouse-gas reduction targets is set for Copenhagen in late 2009. McCain would need to decide quickly whom he would trust to navigate his climate, energy, and conservation policies through the tricky shoals of environmental groups, powerful Democrats in Congress, conservative Republicans, and industry barons. Not to mention the leaders of rapidly developing China and India ...

So who would staff a McCain administration's environmental posts? GOP insiders, industry lobbyists, and think tankers talked to Grist about names being mentioned for a McCain government.

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