Carol Browner–A Success or A Failure?


Carol Browner has joined the Center For American Progress, the Democratic effort to offset the American Enterprise Institute and Heritage Foundation. The CAP news release:

Here is the full CAP release:

Carol M. Browner Joins the Center for American Progress as Distinguished Senior Fellow

WASHINGTON, D.C.—John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress, announced today that Carol M. Browner will join the Center as a Distinguished Senior Fellow.

Browner’s work for American Progress will focus on domestic and international policy development. She will also serve on CAP’s Executive Committee, which oversees strategic planning and management of the institution.

“Carol Browner is an extraordinary public servant and CAP will benefit tremendously from her vision and experience,” said John Podesta. He continued, “She understands the intersections of how policy interacts with politics and how government helps shape strong markets for investment and innovation. Having that sense of integration is key to understanding how to improve the lives of the American people, which is central to the mission of CAP.”

Most recently Browner served as an assistant to the president and director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, overseeing the coordination of environmental, energy, climate, transport, and related policy across the federal government. During her tenure the White House secured the largest investment ever in clean energy and established the national car policy that included both new automobile fuel efficiency standards and first ever greenhouse gas reductions.

In 1993, she was confirmed as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency where she served for eight years. As administrator she adopted the most stringent air pollution standards in our nation’s history, set for the first time, a fine particle clean air standard, spearheaded the reauthorization of the Safe Drinking Water Act as well as the Food Quality Protection Act. She was known for working with both environmentalists and industry to set scientific-based public health protections while providing businesses important flexibilities in how to meet those standards. She worked across the agency to ensure a focus on protecting the most vulnerable, particularly children. These efforts earned her various accolades including being named “Mother of the Year” in 1997 by the National Mother’s Day Committee and Glamour magazine’s Woman of the Year in 1998.

From 2001-2008 she was a founding partner in the The Albright Group (now Albright Stonebridge Group), a global strategy firm. From 2003-2008 she served as a founding Board Member of CAP.

Browner received a B.A. and a law degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville. She headed the Department of Environmental Regulation in Florida from 1991-1993 where she launched the largest ecological restoration project ever attempted in the United States to restore the natural flow of water to the Everglades.

Founded in 2003, the Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just and free America that ensures opportunity for all.

I have trouble criticizing those who have largely dedicated their lives to public service. I make no mention of Ms. Browner’s husband’s career.

I do know that during the Clinton/OBAMA Presidencies I hoped that the largely obsolete Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act and other key environmental statutes might be updated based on the accrual of 4 decades of knowledge. Also that Climate Change might be addressed. I know that was asking a lot.  I have now reached the conclusion that EPA is poorly funded and staffed for its mission. The health of the nation and its prosperity rests in major part on EPA. The real tragedy of the Soviet Union was the poisonous legacy it left environmentally and the same dangers now  face China and India and Brazil. The cleanup costs for the US weapons complex is at least $1 Trillion. The nuclear age has terrific costs as Japan is learning.

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One Response to Carol Browner–A Success or A Failure?

  1. Christopher Tingus says:

    I reserve future comment on Podesta’s group and even the reach to Carol Browner to join CAP as time will tell and for certain, time is of the essence and while CAP and Podesta talk of a transformation of government from top to bottom and that Congress and the executive branch need to see themselves as partners in this transformation, the continued partisan ways of the “Beltway Bandits” at a time when the “Brutes of Tehran” are abut to set 0ff a conflagration strategy in the Middle East and the “KGB Putinites” as I refer to them as well in this global charade whereby our good ‘ol USA, our beloved Republic is threatened in every way, politically, economically, strategically, demographically, culturally and not only from outside, but from the past eight sitting Presidents, 19 Congresses wh have failed to establish an energy plan and an executibe branch where this administration which I refer to as the “goldman Sachs” administration riddled w/so many Goldman Sachs past and present, a time when we have seen budgetary woes soar another 1.4+ trillion and every minute, $2 millioon is spent to finance this ongoing charade…

    I reserve my comments about John, his new appointee, Carol, however from here on Main Street USA, is CAP truly interested in seeing us move forward in a non-partisan way or is this another special interest group for gasoline prices are moving towards $5 per gallon, foreclosures are up, unemployment stands at unacceptable levels and America is destined for third world status sooner than CAP realizes!

    Christopher Tingus
    PO Box 1612
    Harwich, MA 02645 USA
    chris.tingus@gmail.com

    “Main Street USA” a New Party for America, Land of The Free and Protector of Our US Constitution!

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