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BlueGreen Alliance chief heads to Energy Department

Director of the BlueGreen Alliance, David Foster, is joining the Energy Department as a senior adviser on industrial and economic policy.

Foster will be a direct adviser to Energy Secretary 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, the BlueGreen Alliance said in a statement.

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He will be joining the Energy Department on June 27, according to a department memo.

Moniz praised Foster for finding common ground between energy and environmental issues and job creation.

Foster will handle strategic engagement with industrial labor union and economic and and labor policy. He will lead in expanding job creation in a low-carbon economy, the memo states.

Foster has been at the forefront as one of the labor movement's leading environmental advocates. Prior to helping found the BlueGreen Alliance, Foster served from 1989 to 2006 he was director of the United Steelworkers District 11, which encompassed 13 states in the northwest.