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Veteran Strategist Podesta Joins Biden in Climate Team Shakeup

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John Podesta, a veteran Democratic strategist who worked outside the White House to drive support for President Joe Biden’s climate agenda, is joining the administration to spearhead the government’s implementation of the sweeping clean energy law enacted last month.

The move is one of several changes to Biden’s team of top climate aides, with national White House Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy stepping down Sept. 16, and her current deputy, Ali Zaidi, set to take over the post. The changes, announced by the White House on Friday, come as the administration shifts its focus from advancing climate law on Capitol Hill to implementing environmental policy through federal agencies.