Washington, 18th December: A Pakistani-born American gets appointed as White House climate advisor for the President-elect.
Baaghi TV: United States President-elect Joe Biden has appointed Pakistan-born Ali A Zaidi as the White House’s Deputy National Climate Advisor.
According to a report from Geo news, a statement issued on Biden-Harris Transition website said Zaidi will be part of the team that advances the president-elect’s agenda leading the world to confront the climate crisis, creating good-paying jobs, building resilient communities, and making historic investments in environmental justice.
Zaidi is the highest-ranking Pakistani-origin White House official under the Biden-Harris government so far.
Taking to Twitter, Zaidi said he was profoundly humbled and deeply honoured to be working with the Biden administration.
He wrote, “We need a whole-of-government approach to take on the climate crisis — in a way that spurs jobs and advances justice. I was floored when US President-elect Joe Biden called. I still am and so ready to get to work.”
We need a whole-of-government approach to take on the climate crisis — in a way that spurs jobs and advances justice. I was floored when President-elect @JoeBiden called. I still am — profoundly humbled, deeply honored, and so ready to get to work!
— Ali A. Zaidi (@ali_a_zaidi) December 18, 2020
According to reports, Ali Zaidi immigrated from Pakistan and grew up outside Erie, Pennsylvania. He received an AB from Harvard University and JD from Georgetown University.
Currently, Zaidi is serving the state of New York as Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Energy and Environment and Chairman of Climate Policy and Finance and leading the state’s efforts on climate change.
During the Obama-Biden Administration, Zaidi served as Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy, and Science for the Office of Management and Budget and as Deputy Director of Energy Policy for the Domestic Policy Council, helping to design and implement a wide range of domestic and international policies.
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