In case you missed it, Assistant Managing Editor Steve Toloken wrote about a new attorney hired by the Environmental Protection Agency. Jennie Romer had worked with the Surfrider environmental group and has been heavily involved in creating legislation aimed at banning plastic bags.
With EPA, she will be a deputy assistant administrator in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.
Steve also mentions in passing that Romer isn't alone in moving from environmental activism to a position involving public policy. Canada's new environment minister, Steven Guilbeault, is a former Greenpeace activist who was arrested in 2001 after scaling Toronto's CN Tower to raise awareness of climate change and in 2002 was involved in a Greenpeace stunt that involved climbing onto the roof of then-Alberta premier Ralph Klein's house to install solar panels, the CBC wrote.
Guilbeault said he doesn't have "a secret agenda" but will focus on "what many consider one of humanity's greatest challenges, which is climate change," the Canadian broadcaster wrote.
Leaders from regions with strong oil production raised concerns about his appointment, with one member of Parliament calling him a "looney-left environmental minister."