It is expected that President-elect Barack Obama will organize administration’s efforts toward the environment and energy in a different fashion than previous Presidents.
The President-elect is expected to announce his energy and environment team late Monday (December 15, 2008) in an afternoon at a news conference in Chicago. This will be just the latest in the steady roll-out of his Cabinet, which is now nearly complete.
Obama is expected to name Carol Browner, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, as the head of a new policy council to coordinate climate, environment and energy issues; a so-called “climate czar.”
Browner was formerly the administrator of the EPA from January 31, 2001–June 27, 2003, under former President Bill Clinton. She was the longest-serving administrator in the history of the agency, staying through both terms of the Clinton presidency. She successfully fought off Congressional Republicans who wanted to gut the “Clean Water Act.” She was successful, however, in working in a bipartisan manner to amend clean water statutes and the Food Quality Protection Act.
As EPA Administrator, Browner started the Agency's successful Brownfields program, which, during her tenure, helped facilitate cleanups of contaminated facilities, especially in urban areas, and which leveraged more than $1 billion in public and private funds for cleanups. Browner is currently the chair of the Audubon Society; her term expires in 2008.
It’s widely believed that the return of a democratic president will signal future moves forward to a more green future in the years ahead for both homes and businesses. Carol Browner may be part of those efforts. Which may mean a Greenified 2009.