Climate: Uncertainty lies ahead with Zichal's exit, but advocates optimistic about continuity -- Tuesday, October 8, 2013 -- www.eenews.net
The White House has so far said nothing about a possible replacement for Zichal, and the 37-year-old official has not yet said what she plans to do next.Splitsville for Obama and his chief climate adviser | Grist
Despite the headiness of the role, Zichal was never given the authority, profile, or resources that such important work deserves...Obama has become adept at losing top environmental officials. Zichal joins former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in parting ways with Obama during his second term.Obama’s climate adviser plans to step down - The Washington Post
A former aide to then-Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Zichal worked on Obama’s 2008 campaign and has served at the White House since the president took office in 2009. She served under climate czar Carol M. Browner until 2011, when she took over the portfolio.
Joshua Freed, vice president for clean energy at the centrist think tank Third Way, said that since “one year in any administration should be measured in dog years, Heather has spent the equivalent of 35 years working at the White House. That’s a long time. At a certain time, everyone feels the need to have a change of scenery.”