Washington (May 31, 2011) -- The following is a statement by Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, on the nomination of John Bryson to be the next Commerce Secretary:
"As one of the founders of NRDC, John Bryson is a visionary leader in promoting a clean environment and a strong economy. He has compiled an exemplary record in public service and in business that underscores the strong linkage between economic and environmental progress.
"John has long recognized the benefits of efficiency and renewable energy technologies, and he understands the critical need for us to continue investing in them.
"We look forward to working with John at the Commerce Department and with the rest of the Obama Administration in moving toward that brighter and more prosperous America. We also look forward to John’s leadership on the critical issues facing our oceans and coasts."