ZIchal said the president is focused on “depoliticizing” climate policy as he prepares to roll out a suite of executive actions to cut greenhouse gas emissions.Suzanne Goldenberg, Feb 2013: Environmentalists still waiting for Obama to act on climate change | Environment | guardian.co.uk
She said that “most Americans have stopped debating the reality of climate change,” suggesting that wildfires in the West, Hurricane Sandy and other extreme weather events linked to climate change has shifted views on the issue.
“The era of delay and denial is over,” she said.
If anything, Zichal, like other White House officials pressed for details of the president's climate strategy, moved to squash expectations raised by those very same speeches that Obama would indeed take ambitious action to reduce the carbon pollution that causes climate change.May 2012: Sign of the times: Heather Zichal, Obama's deputy assistant for energy and climate change, just remembered that oil and gas companies are “incredibly important to our domestic energy portfolio.”
Zichal, when pressed on the time line of Obama's State of the Union ultimatum, seemed to suggest the president might be willing to sit out the two years of this newly elected Congress before making good on his threat to use his executive powers
Oct 2008: Remarkably clueless stuff from Heather Zichal, Obama's "policy director for energy, environment, and agriculture"
She sees the US aggressively "charging forward" with domestic cap-and-trade, which she imagines will then bring countries like India and China "on board" with CO2 hysteria. She also imagines a US electorate where CO2 hysteria is "front and center".