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Carol M. Browner

Self Description

June 2002: former head of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Clinton.

Third-Party Descriptions

June 2010: "The Environmental Protection Agency tried this kind of approach during the Clinton administration, back when Carol Browner, now the White House energy and climate adviser, was the administrator. Companies that found innovative ways of going above and beyond baseline air and water pollution limits got rewarded with faster permitting. The program, called Project XL, was largely viewed as a success, but it ended in 2002."

May 2010: "Google oozes a confident, seemingly cavalier attitude. Its Washington office, a few blocks from the White House, has all the casual accouterments of other Google spaces, like massage chairs and foosball tables. Furthering the idea of an open, freewheeling atmosphere, the company uses a public meeting space at the office to present regular events that are available to the public, like conversations with authors and a recent panel about home energy use with Carol Browner, a senior energy official at the White House."

October 2009: 'With the advent of the Obama administration, CEQ again reorganized, and some of its duties under the previous administration—such as taking the lead in climate change policymaking—were given to a newly created White House Office of Energy and Climate Policy directed by former Clinton-era EPA administrator, Carol Browner. "It's a recognition that our response to the energy needs of the nation and the challenge that climate change is presenting needs both high-level focus in the White House as well as the need to coordinate across the federal government," the CEQ's Sutley explains. "In our 40-year-old role as presidential environmental policy advisors we're still very much engaged in environmental policy issues associated with energy and climate change."'


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Organization
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) White House Office of Energy and Climate Policy Organization Oct 24, 2009
Advised by (past or present) Prof. Jody Freeman Esq. Person Jul 17, 2010
Subordinate of (past or present) Appointed/Selected by Pres. Barack Hussein Obama Esq. Person Oct 24, 2009

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Mar 10, 2011 House Panel Votes to Strip E.P.A. of Power to Regulate Greenhouse Gases

QUOTE: A House subcommittee voted on Thursday to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its power to regulate greenhouse gases, chipping away at a central pillar of the Obama administration’s evolving climate and energy strategy... Republicans and their industry allies accuse the administration of levying taxes on traditional energy sources through costly environmental regulations, threatening the economic recovery and driving jobs overseas.

New York Times
Mar 03, 2011 Pressure Limits Efforts to Police Drilling for Gas

QUOTE: Natural gas drilling companies have major exemptions from parts of at least 7 of the 15 sweeping federal environmental laws that regulate most other heavy industries and were written to protect air and drinking water from radioactive and hazardous chemicals. Coal mine operators that want to inject toxic wastewater into the ground must get permission from the federal authorities. But when natural gas companies want to inject chemical-laced water and sand into the ground during hydrofracking, they do not have to follow the same rules.

New York Times
Jun 30, 2010 The Good Driller Award

QUOTE: as long as we continue to drill for oil and mine for coal, we must do everything we can to make those industries safer. That includes not just tough, well-enforced regulations, economic liabilities and criminal penalties for companies that prove too dangerous, but also positive incentives and public rewards for those that put safety first.

New York Times
May 21, 2010 Sure, It’s Big. But Is That Bad?

QUOTE: “The government is finally onto the notion that they have to start asking questions about Google,” he said. “Google started off saying they were going to treat everything on the Web neutrally. That is the basis on which they secured dominance. And now they’ve changed the rules.”

New York Times
Oct 22, 2009 Editing Scientists: Science and Policy at the White House: How much do policymakers shape the science that comes out of government agencies?

QUOTE: the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform found that significant editing of science documents had occurred during [Jim] Connaughton's tenure [of the Council on Environmental Quality] and the issue remains fraught with controversy: Just how much editing of government-funded science was done, and will it continue in future?

Scientific American
Apr 04, 2004 Changing All the Rules

QUOTE: Having long flouted the new-source review law, many of the nation's biggest power companies were facing, in the last months of the 1990's, an expensive day of reckoning. E.P.A. investigators had caught them breaking the law. To make amends, the power companies were on the verge of signing agreements to clean up their plants, which would have delivered one of the greatest advances in clean air in the nation's history. Then George W. Bush took office, and everything changed.

New York Times
Feb 29, 2004 Beware 'Sound Science.' It's Doublespeak for Trouble

QUOTE: In this Orwellian vocabulary, "peer review" isn't simply an evaluation by learned colleagues. Instead, it appears to mean an industry-friendly plan to require such exhaustive analysis that federal agencies could have a hard time taking prompt action to protect public health and the environment.

Washington Post