Brian Deese, defender of the Paris Agreement, new economic adviser to Biden

Joe Biden selects Brian Deese as his chief financial advisor.
Reuters

The president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, elected this Thursday as its main economic advisor Brian Deese, who played an important role in the negotiation of the Paris Agreement under the Government of Barack Obama (2009-2017).

The appointment, which does not require Senate confirmation, highlights Biden’s intention to use his economic policy to fight climate change.

In a statement, the president-elect affirmed that Deese is a “voice you can trust” to help the US overcome the current economic situation and build a “better economy” that includes everyone, creates well-paying jobs and takes on the ” existential threat “posed by climate change.

“Brian is one of the nation’s most tested and accomplished civil servants,” Biden stressed.

Deese, 42, has almost two decades working for Democratic politicians: He first advised John Kerry during his 2004 presidential campaign against former President George W. Bush (2001-2009) and later worked for Hillary Clinton and later President Barack Obama (2009-2017) during the 2008 elections. .

After Obama’s victory, Deese joined the White House economic team and, in 2015, became its top adviser on climate change and energy.

In that period, he played a relevant role in the negotiations of the 2015 Paris Agreement and promoted a series of regulations aimed at reducing the amount of emissions caused by the electricity and transportation sector, in what was one of Washington’s biggest commitments. against climate change.

However, Deese has received criticism from environmental groups for having worked in recent years as the sustainability director of the US investment fund BlackRock, which has significant assets in Spain and Mexico.

The appointment of Deese offers a clearer picture of what Biden’s economic team will be, in which Janet Yellen will also play a key role as Secretary of the Treasury.

In addition, Biden has appointed Wally Adeyemo as Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, while Neera Tanden will serve as Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB); Cecilia Rouse, as president of the Council of Economic Advisers; and Jared Bernstein and Heather Boushey, as members of the Council of Economic Advisers.

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