President Donald Trump has nominated the administrator of the U.S. National Ocean and Atmospheric Agency to be his nominee to lead the agency, which he has repeatedly called a “tremendous” priority.
The nominee, Dr. Judith Curry, was nominated to the post by the president in January.
Trump has long called the agency a “very important and important part of the nation’s energy security” and said he wanted the agency to take a “strong stance” against climate change.
The agency has received more than $8 billion in federal funding since 2009.
The Trump administration said the nomination would help bring “a new and robustly staffed, well-coordinated approach to climate change” and “bring to bear the scientific, technical, economic, and other expertise and resources that are essential for the agency’s ability to address climate change.”
Trump’s nominee, Curry, is a graduate of Princeton University.
She joined NOAA in 2004.
The White House said Curry would bring “extraordinary leadership” to the agency and the administration is “honoring her nomination” with a ceremony Friday at the White House.
The ceremony will include a meeting with the agency.