Grassroots environmental groups that have been demanding a Cabinet dedicated to pursuing an ambitious climate agenda applauded President-elect Joe Biden\u0026#039;s reported decision to nominate former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to lead the Energy Department and Natural Resources Defense Council head Gina McCarthy to serve as national climate adviser.\u0022These selections are a major victory for the broad and diverse movement pushing Joe Biden to keep top contenders with dangerous fossil fuel ties out of his Cabinet and administration,\u0022 Collin Rees, senior campaigner at Oil Change U.S., said in a statement shortly after news of the picks broke Tuesday evening.\u0022We look forward to working with both McCarthy and Granholm to reverse course on four years of climate destruction and meet the scale of the climate crisis.\u0022 —Natalie Mebane, 350.org\u0022Gina McCarthy is a proven climate advocate with the experience to hit the ground running and coordinate an all-of-government response to the climate crisis,\u0022 said Rees. \u0022Jennifer Granholm is an experienced leader with a strong record of support for renewable energy and opposition to the disastrous Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines.\u0022Biden\u0026#039;s selections came on the heels of reports that the president-elect was considering returning industry-friendly former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to his old post, a move environmentalists warned would spell disaster for the hopes of a transformative climate agenda. As Common Dreams reported late last month, dozens of environmental groups mobilized in an effort to dissuade Biden from picking Moniz—or anyone else with ties to the fossil fuel industry.\u0022Shout out to all the grassroots groups who opposed his nomination and opened up the space for more ambitious policy,\u0022 tweeted Jamie Henn, director of Fossil Free Media.Celebrating Biden\u0026#039;s picks as highly encouraging, Henn pointed to a 2016 event at which Granholm was asked whether she sided \u0022with the Standing Rock Sioux in opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline.\u0022\u0022Yes, I do,\u0022 Granholm said. \u0022We ought to be doing everything we possibly can to keep fossil fuel energy in the ground and developing the renewable side.\u0022If confirmed as energy secretary, said Henn, Granholm\u0026#039;s \u0022first order of business should be shutting down DAPL, KXL, Line 3, Line 5, and other dangerous fossil fuel projects.\u0022Many climate activists also praised Biden\u0026#039;s reported plan to nominate McCarthy, a former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, as White House climate coordinator, a position that does not require Senate confirmation. Biden has not yet decided on his nominee for EPA chief.\u0022Congrats to Gina McCarthy, who has been a great partner and ally to the Sunrise Movement,\u0022 said Evan Weber, Sunrise\u0026#039;s political director. \u0022She has listened and worked alongside us to push for Joe Biden to be bolder and braver. We\u0026#039;ll have to continue to push—that\u0026#039;s what movements do—but good to know we\u0026#039;ll have an ear.\u0022Gina McCarthy signed our ambitious Green Stimulus proposal right away, back in early March, long before ppl consolidated around the idea. As the head of the NRDC, this was an act of leadership. Hoping she keeps pushing this big, bold vision. https://t.co/l5zhqu7WTo— Daniel Aldana Cohen (@aldatweets) December 16, 2020But Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food \u0026amp; Water Watch, raised concerns about McCarthy\u0026#039;s record on fracking during her time as head of the EPA.\u0022Gina McCarthy played a key role in implementing the Obama administration\u0026#039;s fossil fuel friendly \u0026#039;all of the above\u0026#039; energy policy,\u0022 Hauter said in a statement Wednesday. \u0022In real terms, that meant massively expanding the dangerous form of drilling known as fracking, and suppressing vital investigations into fracking\u0026#039;s impact on clean water. Under her tenure as EPA administrator, the agency released a scandalous study that whitewashed fracking\u0026#039;s impact on drinking water, and McCarthy even refused to meet with members of the communities whose neighborhoods had been turned into fracking sacrifice zones.\u0022\u0022Years later, there is a staggering amount of evidence about the risks that fracking and drilling waste pose to human health, our air and water, and to the climate,\u0022 Hauter continued. \u0022The science is clear. Gina McCarthy owes it to the communities being harmed by fracking to redeem herself in this new role, and to push for policies that move the country off fossil fuels.\u0022Natalie Mebane, associate director of policy at 350.org, characterized the president-elect\u0026#039;s picks as \u0022positive steps,\u0022 describing Granholm and McCarthy as \u0022two powerhouse leaders who will stick to a bold and ambitious climate agenda.\u0022\u0022We look forward to working with both McCarthy and Granholm to reverse course on four years of climate destruction and meet the scale of the climate crisis,\u0022 said Mebane.Rees of Oil Change U.S. added that \u0022Joe Biden\u0026#039;s entire government must be dedicated to mobilizing for an end to the fossil fuel era, and these announcements are a step in the right direction.\u0022This story has been updated with a statement fromWenonah Hauter of Food \u0026amp; Water Watch.