Obama’s climate change czar leaving White House

posted at 10:17 pm on January 24, 2011 by Allahpundit

This’ll be spun as part of the standard midterm turnover inside the administration, but the big difference between her and people like Axelrod and Gibbs is that they’ll be replaced. She might not be, for the simple reason that her portfolio is all but dead in the new Congress.

Which is to say, it’s not so much that she’s quitting. It’s that you fired her.

Ms. Browner had been viewed as a close adviser to Mr. Obama in the White House. A veteran who was administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Clinton, her name was floated as a possible candidate for a deputy chief of staff when Rahm Emanuel departed to run for mayor of Chicago…

In a news conference just days after the November elections, Mr. Obama all but conceded defeat on his efforts — led by Ms. Browner — to get a comprehensive energy bill through the Congress.

“I think there are a lot of Republicans that ran against the energy bill that passed in the House last year and so it’s doubtful that you could get the votes to pass that through the House this year or next year or the year after,” Mr. Obama said.

Politico says she’s likely to stay in D.C.; given that lobbyists are already angling to praise her, I can guess what she’ll end up doing. Indeed, the boss emeritus has already cooked up some special “praise” of her own:

An increasing number of Democrats have raised their voices against Browner’s War on Carbon.

She infamously bullied auto execs to never put down anything in writing ever.

Obama’s own oil spill commission singled out Browner for misleading the public and “contributing to the perception that the government’s findings were more exact than they actually were.”

And her BP data doctoring was under fire by both Senate and House Republicans.

The GOP must not let her slip out the door quietly without answering for her abuse of power under oath and in the full light of public hearings.

Darrell Issa needs to pick his spots in investigating the administration so that the public doesn’t see it as heavy-handed. Which means Browner, who’s out the door and likely to take her duties with her, will probably be off scot free. Bummer. Exit question: Is this the grimmest news of the day on the Hill for greens? Maybe not!

Update: Sounds like Waffles is in for a major disappointment:

President Obama is likely to announce “major initiatives” on energy and climate change in his State of the Union address, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said Monday.

Kerry, the informal leader of the Senate effort to pass legislation to rein in global warming, encouraged the president to announce ambitious plans on energy and climate policy during Tuesday’s speech, and said he expected Obama to do so.

“I hope that the president tomorrow, in his SOTU address, will embrace major initiatives — I expect him to,” Kerry said on WBUR radio in reference to energy and climate legislation.

Just spitballing: Is the new GOP House the only reason Browner’s out? Or is this Obama and Daley once again wanting to signal to business that the next two years will be easier than the last two were?

Update: A detail I’d missed earlier: Fred Upton, the new GOP chair of the House Energy and Commerce committee, had suggested recently that he planned to investigate Browner’s authority.


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Exit question: Is this the grimmest news of the day on the Hill for greens? Maybe not!

Crap!

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2011 at 10:20 PM

It’s getting hot in the kitchen, and she’s getting out.

predator on January 24, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Her work is done. We’ve discovered in the last year that the climate isn’t really changing.

Well done, Ms. Browner, well done.

mankai on January 24, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Fleecing

Inanemergencydial on January 24, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Don’t lit the door hit ‘ya where Gaia split ‘ya.

Lou Budvis on January 24, 2011 at 10:21 PM

It’s that you fired her.

one down allah, many left to go

someone has to do it, might as well be us

cmsinaz on January 24, 2011 at 10:22 PM

It would be a great justice…

… if her flight out of town was cancelled due to snow.

Seven Percent Solution on January 24, 2011 at 10:22 PM

“I hope that the president tomorrow, in his SOTU address, will embrace major initiatives — I expect him to,” Kerry said on WBUR radio in reference to energy and climate legislation.

Go right ahead with that popular legislative angle.

toliver on January 24, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Which means Browner, who’s out the door and likely to take her duties with her, will probably be off scot free. Bummer.

bummer indeed

cmsinaz on January 24, 2011 at 10:23 PM

cmsinaz on January 24, 2011 at 10:23 PM

You’re doing a heck of a job, Browner!!..:)

Dire Straits on January 24, 2011 at 10:25 PM

He doesn’t need Browner now that he has brought Immelt onboard.

darwin-t on January 24, 2011 at 10:26 PM

had suggested recently that he planned to investigate Browner’s authority.

works for me…give issa a hand with these investigations…

cmsinaz on January 24, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Dire Straits on January 24, 2011 at 10:25 PM

:)

cmsinaz on January 24, 2011 at 10:27 PM

Not frickin’ SOON ENOUGH!!!

tree hugging sister on January 24, 2011 at 10:27 PM

I wonder whom she is going to complain to…

… when she finally has to buy her own gas?

Seven Percent Solution on January 24, 2011 at 10:28 PM

Rep. Robert Brady (Pa.), the top Democrat on the House Administration Committee, said in a statement released by his office that he is “certainly disappointed at the suspension of the program, but agrees that composting, while a valuable, sound environmental practice, must be implemented with an eye on fiscal responsibility. I look forward to working with Chairman Lungren in ensuring that House operations implement sustainable policies that positively impact our environment, while saving taxpayer dollars.”

But Republicans note that Brady himself recommended discontinuing the composting program last month.

In a Dec. 15 letter to the head of the GOP’s transition effort, Brady praised much of the Green the Capitol initiative but said the composting component should be discontinued because “[c]omposting services in the National Capital Region have not adequately matured to make this program a sustainable or cost efficient enterprise for the House.”

Friggin’ lying bastages… do any of them have any dignity?

mankai on January 24, 2011 at 10:28 PM

John “Lurch” Kerry. You rang? Climate legislation is dead, he must be thinking about more over-reach scams for the EPA to pull off on the taxpayers.

And if Issa wants a serious over-regulation scandal to look into, there is none better than NOAA/NMFS running rampant on our fishermen. Seriously, who would put a enviro-terrorist in charge of National Marine Fisheries Service? Obama did. Does anybody really think that the Environmental Defense Fund and PEW would be fair to fishermen?

http://www.gloucestertimes.com/fishing

shanimal on January 24, 2011 at 10:29 PM

“Which means Browner, who’s out the door and likely to take her duties with her, will probably be off scot free.”

“Citizen Arrest” anyone…?

Seven Percent Solution on January 24, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Crap!

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Hit the fan

Kini on January 24, 2011 at 10:29 PM

the one that might have sparked the most debate among House denizens, particularly during lunch hour, was the introduction of compostable utensils and takeout trays in House eateries. The program was designed to reduce waste, eliminating Styrofoam containers and plastic silverware that would clog landfills for eternity.

The problem, staffers from both parties have grumbled, is that the forks break, the spoons melt and the knives don’t cut much more than a soft piece of bread. And the trash cans were replaced with a bewildering array of recycling bins that few have mastered.

That’s not why Lungren ended the program, though. He concluded that, in addition to costing $475,000 per year, it “also increased the House’s energy consumption through the use of additional electricity for the pulping process and the increased hauling distance to the composting facility.” And according to the House Inspector General, the “the program has only achieved carbon reductions equivalent to removing one car from the road each year.

Fail. Can Nancy go with Ms Browner out the back door?

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 24, 2011 at 10:30 PM

people like Axelrod and Gibbs is that they’ll be replaced. She might not be, for the simple reason that her portfolio is all but dead in the new Congress.

Repubs: just their presence cuts government jobs.

Electrongod on January 24, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Or is this Obama and Daley once again wanting to signal to business that the next two years will be easier than the last two were?

Smoke and mirrors, the EPA and Greenies will tie everything up in court and Obaka will say that his administration is doing all that it can. Nixon’s EPA has to go.

darwin-t on January 24, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Can Brownoser still be subpoenaed to testify about the administration or did that option go away when she did? If so then PBHO is metaphorically wiping the fingerprints off before the cops arrive.

Bishop on January 24, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Kini, you funny man

On topic, how come we don’t hear a peep from Algore lately?

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Go after Browner, and the EPA, as corruption gone wild.
Then go after Obama as the ring leader.

Kini on January 24, 2011 at 10:34 PM

On topic, how come we don’t hear a peep from Algore lately?

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2011 at 10:34 PM

He’s trying to release his Chakra by singing “Baby it’s Cold Outside”

Kini on January 24, 2011 at 10:36 PM

On topic, how come we don’t hear a peep from Algore lately?

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2011 at 10:34 PM

He’s still mourning the loss of Tipper./

predator on January 24, 2011 at 10:37 PM

It seems that none of these crapweasels ever have to face the music. Ah well, her opportunity to do more damage is now gone.

GnuBreed on January 24, 2011 at 10:39 PM

RELEASE THE INVESTIGAKEN!!!

The Mega Independent on January 24, 2011 at 10:41 PM

Can’t take the heat.

BobMbx on January 24, 2011 at 10:42 PM

Ah well, her opportunity to do more damage is now gone.

Not as much, as fast, anyway.

I did some research on her in early ’09, she’s a real winner, a true believer. So she will just burrow back in and work in the shadows.

jodetoad on January 24, 2011 at 10:44 PM

Maybe Barry will tap Nichols from Kalifornia. She has all the right credentials. Lying, distorting, falsifying data.

GarandFan on January 24, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Tell you what – how about the GOP stops announcing it’s investigation targets until it’s ready to drop the subpoenas on the subjects. Otherwise, they’ll all be packing their tents and riding off into the sunset, damage done and no consequences.

sandspur on January 24, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Medical retirement; it’s a serious case of frostbite from being out in all the global warming of late. /sarc

michaelo on January 24, 2011 at 10:53 PM

cmsinaz on January 24, 2011 at 10:23 PM

You’re doing a heck of a job, Browner!!..:)

Dire Straits on January 24, 2011 at 10:25 PM

hehehe.

Geochelone on January 24, 2011 at 10:55 PM

GOOD RIDDANCE!! Your department’s idiotic policies in California’s Central Valley have starved thousands of farmers and reduced our nation’s once thriving agricultural region to a barren, desert wasteland. You g0ddamn enviro-idiot lawyers are sending our nation’s economy into a death spiral with your Luddite regulations. May YOUR prodigy suffer the consequences of your stupidity.

bannedbyhuffpo on January 24, 2011 at 10:57 PM

He must have found someone nastier. She didn’t succeed in “messaging” (code for propoganda)

seven on January 24, 2011 at 11:07 PM

RELEASE THE INVESTIGAKEN!!!

The Mega Independent on January 24, 2011 at 10:41 PM

Served with Green Recipe #156

Kini on January 24, 2011 at 11:07 PM

The thorny problem of climate change has been solved. Wow. Thanks be to Obama. The weather will the same tomorrow as today. Oh wait. It was freezing today. Oh well, he has stopped the rising of the oceans and civility has returned. Now if only you *^&%$%#&# people would stop criticizing him.

Basilsbest on January 24, 2011 at 11:16 PM

Buh-bye.

JohnGalt23 on January 24, 2011 at 11:23 PM

That’s one.

Jackson, Chu, Holdren, if there’s still room in the tumbril toss Lubchenko and maybe Salazar in there too.

JEM on January 24, 2011 at 11:27 PM

Fred Upton, the new GOP chair of the House Energy and Commerce committee, had suggested recently that he planned to investigate Browner’s authority.

I think this is the most important reason she is leaving now. An investigation would have revealed she was wielding authority that Obama’s clown posse had sworn up and down she didn’t wield, authority that only a Cabinet member could lawfully wield. It would have called into question the legality of all those czars that Obama appointed to because he knew the leftists he wanted could never, never, never pass Senate scrutiny, not even with the Democrats in control of the Senate.

novaculus on January 24, 2011 at 11:56 PM

Anthropogenic Global P3wning.

profitsbeard on January 25, 2011 at 12:41 AM

Finally It Speaks – Olbermann Comes Out From Under His Rock

Bathtub boy, sulking in silence after his departure from MSNBC has taken his thumb out of his mouth long enough to post a tweet.

Nearly Nobody on January 25, 2011 at 3:58 AM

Next Climate Change Czar: Ahnold!

tbear44 on January 25, 2011 at 4:21 AM

Sod off, Jenjis.

hillbillyjim on January 25, 2011 at 5:01 AM

With the EPA’s newfound plenipotentiary powers, you’d think that they would have mandated by now a recycled brown bag for Lurch’s ugly mug, so as not to pollute the visual landscape.

hillbillyjim on January 25, 2011 at 5:04 AM

Whoa! The climate has certainly changed in the White House. I suspect that this one was indeed caused by man -a dark floppy-eared one.

Don L on January 25, 2011 at 6:25 AM

Moving the queen is usually a strategy to take your opponents eye off of the coming check mate. Hint: that ERA pawn…

Don L on January 25, 2011 at 6:28 AM

“Hi, my name is Carol…I’ll be your server today.”

joe btfsplk on January 25, 2011 at 6:31 AM

A detail I’d missed earlier: Fred Upton, the new GOP chair of the House Energy and Commerce committee, had suggested recently that he planned to investigate Browner’s authority.

good. If he can get someone thrown out by merely stating he’s going to investigate their authority, then keep doing that right there.

ted c on January 25, 2011 at 6:53 AM

One Democrat close to the White House said there is “no question” that Ms. Browner’s post would be eliminated. Asked why, he noted that cabinet secretaries do not like having high-level policy officials at the White House working in their fields. He also said the job will be eliminated “because there will be no climate or carbon bill in the next two years.”

Does this presage the end of the czars’ reign? My heart will break if John Holdren and Cass Sunstein are shown the door./

Buy Danish on January 25, 2011 at 6:58 AM

Good riddance to bad rubbish. Carol Brown-out can take her place in the retired hall of shame alongside Van Jones. Let us hope that this marks the last gasp of the carbo-phobic hopes to ruin our society by trying to “save us”.

MJBrutus on January 25, 2011 at 7:18 AM

MJBrutus on January 25, 2011 at 7:18 AM

Lisa Jackson is still running the EPA so don’t get your hopes up for change.

Buy Danish on January 25, 2011 at 7:24 AM

pass legislation to rein in global warming

 
You can’t explain the mechanics of the Shroud of Turin. You don’t understand a piece of cloth, yet you’re somehow going to “rein in” global warming?

rogerb on January 25, 2011 at 7:31 AM

MAybe the name change didn’t work, it froze over — LOL.

tarpon on January 25, 2011 at 7:46 AM

CLIMATE OF HATE

Good Lt on January 25, 2011 at 8:07 AM

She’s back at Socialist International, I suppose. The window dressing continues.

MTF on January 25, 2011 at 8:11 AM

One more socialist down.

Dasher on January 25, 2011 at 8:27 AM

The chill is on…I wonder if she’ll take the couch?…

Gohawgs on January 25, 2011 at 8:47 AM

pass legislation to rein in global warming

Sad thing is, a large percentage of today’s college graduates really do think that all you need to do to change the weather, is to write some policy.

MNHawk on January 25, 2011 at 9:07 AM

It’s a sad day also gone are the Unicorn Wrangler and Secretary of Gnome Affairs

DailyDanet on January 25, 2011 at 9:13 AM

I just hope she has a snow plow when she leaves to move all the Global Warming out of the way. I’m in Florida, but I hear driving through all that Global Warming can be dangerous, requiring different tires….

adamsmith on January 25, 2011 at 9:25 AM

So she moves back into the shadows… we at least know her name now. It’s good to have the bad guys pointed out so they can be watched… her husband too.

It is for this reason that we must curb the power of the executive branch.

I used to like the idea of line item vetoes and such but since Obama… I want the power spread out between as many as is possible and I want the legal bribery (ear marks) to stop.

petunia on January 25, 2011 at 10:03 AM

What kind of severence pay does obama give?

seven on January 25, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Bye! Buh Bye! See ya! Later! Adios! Sayanora! Vamoose! Split! You’re off the island! Scram! So long! GET OUT!!!!!!

capejasmine on January 25, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Kerry, the informal leader of the Senate effort to pass legislation to rein in global warming, encouraged the president to announce ambitious plans on energy and climate policy during Tuesday’s speech, and said he expected Obama to do so.

Yeah, he intends to ratchet up his attack on the private sector, not reduce it. Surely you did not think otherwise?

dogsoldier on January 25, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Crap!

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Hit the fan

Kini on January 24, 2011 at 10:29 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZdp46Jen_w&feature=related

odat on January 25, 2011 at 2:36 PM

And PLEASE, I hope the door does hit you in the arse on your way out!

hopefloats on January 25, 2011 at 3:17 PM