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
© Getty Images

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer GranholmJennifer GranholmOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden returns to Obama-era greenhouse gas calculation | House passes major public lands package | Biden administration won't defend Trump-era relaxation of bird protections The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate confirms former Michigan governor Granholm as Energy secretary | GOP bill would codify Trump rule on financing for fossil fuels, guns | Kennedy apologizes for calling Haaland a 'whack job' MORE (D), President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors Biden celebrates vaccine approval but warns 'current improvement could reverse' 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 MonizLobbying from the center Granholm: Biden wants to take advantage of 'economic opportunity' in fighting climate change Biden to select Granholm as Energy secretary: reports 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.