Heather Zichal is the former Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change.
As the President’s top White House advisor on energy and climate change, Zichal coordinated policy development and implementation on these issues across the Administration. She helped to shape and execute many of the President’s top energy and climate priorities, including establishing historic new fuel economy standards, reducing mercury pollution, and supporting clean energy deployment in the United States. Prior to joining the Administration, Ms. Zichal served as a Policy Director to the Obama Campaign, where she helped craft the 2008 energy platform.
She previously served as the Legislative Director to Senator John Kerry after managing energy and environmental issues in the 2004 Presidential campaign. She has also served as Legislative Director for U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and U.S. Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ).
During her time in the federal government, Ms. Zichal has been a strong and steady voice for policies that reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil, protect public health and our environment, and address global climate change.
She grew up in Iowa and is a graduate of Rutgers University.
Heather Zichal's Posts
- May 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM EDT
As part of his Congressional To-Do List, the President is calling on Congress to pass legislation that will extend the Production Tax Credit, which has drawn strong bipartisan support from governors, members of Congress, and industry.
- May 4, 2012 at 4:31 PM EDT
The Department of Interior proposes a rule that will require companies to publicly disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations on public and Indian trust lands.
- May 2, 2012 at 4:01 PM EDT
Two administration-led, industry-driven efforts are putting Americans to work making buildings more efficient and helping households and businesses control their energy bills.
- April 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM EDT
In line with his goal of expanding safe and responsible production of natural gas, President Obama issues an Executive Order to create a new Interagency Working Group to Support Safe and Responsible Development of Unconventional Domestic Natural Gas Resources.
- March 28, 2012 at 5:44 PM EDT
The United States has been subsidizing the oil industry for a century. In fact, some of the oldest tax breaks for the oil companies date back to 1913 – a time when there were only 48 states in the Union and Ford was still producing the Model T.
- March 15, 2012 at 8:03 PM EDT
There are some who want to paint a bleak picture of the state of American energy, so let’s take a look at the facts.
- March 12, 2012 at 11:59 AM EDT
A new progress report showcases the Obama Administration’s historic achievements in reducing our reliance on foreign oil, saving families and businesses money at the pump, and positioning the United States as the global leader in clean energy.
- January 18, 2012 at 5:32 PM EDT
The Obama Administration’s approach to achieving American energy independence has been a comprehensive and sustained effort, with emphasis on boosting domestic energy production, increasing efficiency, and transitioning to cleaner energy sources
- December 21, 2011 at 3:46 PM EDT
President Obama discusses historic new mercury pollutions standards.
- December 1, 2011 at 5:40 PM EDT
An independent analysis carried out by the Department of Energy confirms that the new clean air standards established by the Obama Administration will not compromise the nation's ability to provide safe and reliable electricity to American consumers