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Granholm: Biden wants to take advantage of 'economic opportunity' in fighting climate change

Granholm: Biden wants to take advantage of 'economic opportunity' in fighting climate change
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Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer GranholmJennifer GranholmOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Haaland reportedly recommends full restoration of monuments Trump altered | EPA to reinstate air pollution panel disbanded under Trump | State appeals court upholds approval of Minnesota pipeline Hydrogen isn't as clean as it seems Overnight Energy: Biden seeks to reassert US climate leadership | President to 'repeal or replace' Trump decision removing protections for Tongass | Administration proposes its first offshore wind lease sale MORE (D), President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Rep. Rohrabacher says he took part in Jan. 6 march to Capitol but did not storm building Saudis picked up drugs in Cairo used to kill Khashoggi: report Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting MORE's nominee for Energy secretary, said on Sunday that Biden is hoping to take advantage of the "economic opportunity" of combating climate change.

"I am so excited about this George because this combating climate change is such an economic opportunity for this country there's going to be trillions of dollars spent globally on combating climate change by countries around the world," said Granholm on ABC's "This Week."

"Every country is going to be buying solar panels and they're going to be buying wind turbines and they're going to be buying electric vehicles and the batteries and they're going to upgrade their electric grids," Granholm said.

"We could be producing that material, those products here in the United States, and stamping the Made in America and exporting them around the country. We need to be the leader, rather than passive bystanders or otherwise we're going to allow other countries like China and others who are fighting to be able to corner this market," she added.

According to Granholm, Biden's focus for the Energy Department is "taking advantage of the economic opportunity" in building products that help to combat climate change.

News of Granholm's nomination was welcomed by climate activists, with Greenpeace USA Senior Climate Campaigner Lisa Ramsden saying they were "glad that President-elect Biden is listening to the thousands of climate justice activists who opposed fossil fuel representatives like Ernest MonizErnest Jeffrey MonizOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to Obama marine monument designation | Interior reverses course on tribal ownership of portion of Missouri river | White House climate adviser meets with oil and gas companies Moniz: Texas blackouts show need to protect infrastructure against climate change The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Back to the future on immigration, Afghanistan, Iran MORE for Secretary of Energy."

Moniz, a former Energy secretary during the Obama administration, has faced scrutiny for his ties to the fossil fuel industry.