03/04/2013 09:26 pm ET Updated May 04, 2013

New Cabinet Nominees

President Obama today announced his choices to lead the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Office of Management and Budget.

I congratulate both Ernest Moniz and Gina McCarthy on their nominations to head the DOE and EPA, respectively. I know and highly respect both and I wish them the best of luck in the nomination process. We find ourselves at a critical juncture in our history. If we do not slow our reckless pollution of the atmosphere and invest in new, clean sources of energy, we risk dangerously destabilizing our climate. I hope both nominees will help our nation to navigate and lead the world through the difficult challenges that lie ahead and guide us to a more sustainable future.

President Obama also announced the nomination of Sylvia Burwell to lead the OMB, an exceptionally strong choice. In a time when Washington is paralyzed by partisan standoffs, I know Sylvia will bring a much-needed measure of wisdom and clarity to the contentious budgetary process.

Cross-posted from Al"s Journal