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Climate Change Advisor Browner Leaving White House

Climate Change Advisor Browner Leaving White House

In an unfortunate signal that the White House may be pulling back from action on climate change, Carol Browner, the White House energy and climate change advisor, is stepping down from her post. Browner was appointed by the President when he took office; she was deeply involved with the clean up of the Gulf Oil spill, but her primary focus was coordinating policy action on climate change.  She is credited with brokering a deal between the auto industry and the  EPA (she led the agency during the Clinton administration) to raise vehicle emission standards,  and with shepherding the cap and trade bill that passed the House but failed to get through the Senate.

With the demise of the climate change bill and the Obama administration’s new focus on warmer relations with the ‘business as usual’ community, it seems that political action on climate change is going to take a policy back seat, at least for the rest of the President’s first term.  With its focus on jobs and the economic recovery, The White House is under pressure to lighten up on climate change action by the Chamber of Commerce and energy interests. At least one energy lobbyist will not miss Browner, saying “Her departure may be part of a legitimate effort to pay careful attention to addressing some of the real regulatory obstacles in the way of job creation in the United States.” The conflation of unemployment with action to save the planet is an unfortunate strategy that seems to be gaining traction in Washingotn.

It is unclear whether Browner will be replaced; environmentalists and others will be watching closely for further signals of pullback on climate change action.

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Photo: Carol Browner named Climate and Energy Czar in December 2008 from Obama Biden Transition team, Creative Commons license.

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5:02PM PST on Feb 15, 2011

Thanks for the good article

8:43AM PST on Feb 15, 2011

Being contentious will not convince anyone that one view or another is right. Facts will not change a mind that has already been made up.

2:29PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

Paul B. wrote:
Alistar, you are simply wrong... through no fault of your own, since you have obviously been sucked in by the sometimes convincing arguments of the global warmists. Their skewed facts, misrepresented and often times falsified data sounds convincing, but it is flat out wrong on almost all counts. I have admitted that we are on a somewhat warming trend on the backside of an ice age, but to infer that is man-made to any extent that would have impact is simply wrong.

Alistair is right on track Paul!!
There are seven billion people on this earrth & common sense tells me with all out plundering, digging & scalping the earth of its' natural resources we have changed the world as it once was & how it all operated without us even as little as 200 hundered years ago.

The speed with which man has conquered the earth is unsettling to say the least.
No living animal in the past or now has gone on an all out war path against eas as man has for one simple reason.......GREED & POWER!
No man alive today could even begin to live as the Native American indians did as little as a hundred years ago without a flash light............They had the moonlight back then. No need to charge it up or carry batterys!

The indians had it right..........We never have & never will & that is why the earth is falling apart!!!!!!

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life in 2011............

12:56PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

Alistar, you are simply wrong... through no fault of your own, since you have obviously been sucked in by the sometimes convincing arguments of the global warmists. Their skewed facts, misrepresented and often times falsified data sounds convincing, but it is flat out wrong on almost all counts. I have admitted that we are on a somewhat warming trend on the backside of an ice age, but to infer that is man-made to any extent that would have impact is simply wrong.
I know what I say will have no affect on you, but others who read your comments should have an alternative perspective to consider. Do your own research is what I would suggest. I have from both sides and I just don't see enough valid evidence to support Alister's position.

12:49PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

Global warming is about nothing more than putting more money in Mr. Gore's and his cohorts pockets, and the globalization of power among the elitists. Most if not all of the proponents evidence has been debunked by most scientists who aren't on the take.
What amazes me is that of all the claims from the late 90's and early this decade, none have come true, in fact just the opposite has happened, ice caps swollen, sea levels unchanged, tons of snow and record cold temps, among other realities, but they still cling to their beliefs. In fact they double down and now say that even though just the opposite happened, it is still due to global warming, or climate change they call it now because the global warming thing doesn't work anymore. We have always had climate change, it is part of earth's evolution. CO2 is not readily affected by human activity. In fact even if we stopped all human caused production, it would not affect the global tempurature to any significant degree. Actually, we are on the warming side of the last ice age, which is a good thing. The earth works better in warmer climates, more fertile, better food growth, more farming lands available, etc.
Global warming advocates are either promoting it for their our benefit, or have been conned by those same people. Facts are facts, the truth is the truth, and human caused global warming is neither.

9:09AM PST on Jan 31, 2011

thanks

12:36AM PST on Jan 30, 2011

Thanks for the article.

11:07PM PST on Jan 28, 2011

Care2's quote of the day-

"I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that."

- Thomas Edison

5:39PM PST on Jan 28, 2011

" * Alastair L. says
* Jan 28, 2011 5:39 AM

@Ronald MacDonald

Where was the personal insult? "


This stiff is so delusional he thinks people are too stupid to to notice that he distorts my name intentional.

As for the remainder of his drivel...the troll doth protest too much.

Regards...

6:01AM PST on Jan 28, 2011

@Ronald MacDonald

When I said I have know intention of debating you I meant I have no intention of trying to convince you of the scientific rigour that supports the theory of AGW and resultant CC theories. (Theory means proven and broadly accepted hypothesis BTW — I'm not giving you wriggle room there ;-) ). Experience has taught me that when I or someone better informed than me patiently explains the fallacy in points deniers and Cranks try make, they (you) keep running off to some other point, it's like trying to chase a rabbit around it's burrow holes, just not worth it to me anymore. As scientist and recent Australian of the Year Tim Flannery said, you people never want to stop talking and listen (to the answers from people who actually know what they are talking about). Information is not knowledge, Donald. Knowledge is not wisdom, either.

What I will continue to do is out Climate Cranks and Deniers for promoting the confusion that leads to massive suffering that Climate Change is going to bring to so many living beings and plants on this little orb called Earth. We've known for decades how to solve this problem. It will cost less of GDP than WWII did in it's day and the consequences are just as serious, if not much greater. All that's missing is the political will because of a cultivated political/ideological divide created by ideologues like yourself, Donald in coalition with some of the wealthiest sickos on earth.

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