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Topic - Heather Zichal
The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America's push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply.
The White House's chief climate change adviser reportedly will leave the administration within the next several weeks, leaving a key hole in the leadership team charged with overseeing President Obama's ambitious global-warming agenda.
President Obama may have entered a new term, but his climate change control plans are all first-term goals. As late as Monday, administration energy officials still were touting a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions nationwide by 17 percent of 2005 levels by 2020.
"We are going to achieve the president's goal," said Heather Zichal, a top White House energy and climate aide, at the Monday evening Green's Inaugural Ball at the Newseum, according to a report from The Hill.