Browner is a Socialist.
This claim has been heard since The Washington
Times ran its January 12, 2009 story, "OBAMA
CLIMATE CZAR HAS SOCIALIST TIES."
Is it true? The Librarian thinks
so. Or maybe she should just be titled The Weather Witch - "climate
change" is so vague.
Political Danger. Most powerful official
in the Obama Administration to determine the fate of America. She has
dictatorial power to say yes or no to every energy decision within reach
of the federal government.
She has the power to destroy the use of fossil fuels - 85%
of America's energy - with a word.
Example 1: The
American Coalition for Clean
Coal Electricity and a number of other corporations had quietly negotiated during most of 2008 with
a number of green groups to jointly support government aid in developing technology
that significantly reduces
the environmental toll of coal use, known as
/ Combined Cycle (IGCC) with Carbon Capture and
Sequestration (CCS) and specific emissions
control targets. Coal provides half of
America's electricity. The joint effort, called the
U.S. Climate Action
Partnership, asked that any federal limit on greenhouse-gas
emissions not hit coal-burning power producers too hard. The
partnership planned to ask Congress for mandates to cut U.S.
greenhouse-gas emissions 42% below 2005 levels by 2030 and 80% below
2005 levels by 2050. The plan was advancing well until the
first week of January 2009, when Browner, not yet a government
official, tried to kill the effort, telling the two parties that the Obama
administration would not support any coal technology development. The
Center for American
Progress, run by Obama Transition Team leader John Podesta,
also published a series of
anti-corporate analyses condemning clean coal technology and the
coal industry. That contradicted campaign promises of
then-President-Elect Barack Obama. Did Obama know of or approve these
actions? Insiders to the negotiations say he did not. Carol
Browner tried to kill a potentially huge
improvement in American energy production. She did it for ideological reasons with
no concern for the cost or availability of electricity for our
Obama, however, quickly repeated his campaign pledge. His
choice to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson,
described coal to a Senate panel as "a vital resource" for the
country. A day earlier, Mr. Obama's nominee to run the Energy
Department, physicist Steven Chu, referred to coal as a "great natural
resource." (Two years earlier, he called the expansion of coal-fired
power plants his "worst nightmare.")
Point: Undermining and attempting to subvert senior officers is
part of Browner's character.
Example 2: Browner's history with the
Clinton administration was full of double-crosses and efforts to
undermine the president's more centrist views with her mentor Al
Gore's extreme environmentalism. She installed more than a dozen
environmental group operatives into EPA posts. Sample of key players:
Kathleen Aterno, Clean Water Action:
Deputy Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Administration and
David Doniger, Natural Resources
Defense Council: Senior Counsel to EPA Assistant Secretary for Air
J. Charles Fox, Friends of the
Earth: Special Assistant (Reinvention) to EPA Administrator Carol
David M. Gardiner, Sierra Club:
Assistant EPA Administrator for Policy Planning and Evaluation.
Jean Nelson, Natural Resources
Defense Council: EPA General Counsel.
Mary D. Nichols, Tennessee
Environmental Action Fund, Southern Environmental Law Center:
Associate EPA Administrator for Air & Radiation.
D. Reid Wilson, Sierra Club
Political Action Committee: Director of Public Liaison Division, EPA
Office of Communications, Education & Public Affairs.
Example 3: Profile of Browner's
performance in the Clinton administration.
Political insulation: Browner's
White House position is newly created. It does not require Senate
confirmation. Congress has little or no power over her decisions.
Congress cannot limit outside influences on Browner, since Presidential
executive privilege covers her actions.
Political beliefs: Confirmed socialist beliefs. Browner was a
Commissioner of the Socialist International
a worldwide organization of democratic socialist,
social democratic and labor political parties. The
Socialist International does not appoint commissioners who do not share
their views. Browner
was a Member of the
Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which
calls for "global
would dilute or eliminate United States sovereignty over many
jurisdictions, and says "rich
countries must shrink their economies to address climate change."
The Commission also insisted that the 2008 global economic collapse
"must not stop strong measures to control climate change."
Browner's speech to the SI
congress in Greece,
June 30, 2008, "How do we strengthen the multilateral
architecture for a sustainable future?" reveals
socialist beliefs that only a multilateral organization can regulate
with sufficient power to overcome the resistance of nation states trying
to preserve their economies. Browner
withdrew from SI when Obama nominated her as presidential assistant.
not a known member of the Democratic Socialists of America,
largest U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International, although many of
her labor leader friends, including AFL-CIO president John Sweeney, are
DSA members have included
United Farm Workers co-founder
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
William W. Winpisinger, literary critic
feminist activist and journalist
Gloria Steinem, actor
Ed Asner, former Congressman
Ron Dellums, author
Barbara Ehrenreich, 1997 New York City mayoral candidate
United Auto Workers co-founder
Victor Reuther, leading
African-American Studies professor
Cornel West, linguist
Noam Chomsky (a "very passive" member), political scientist
Stephen Rosskamm Shalom, political columnist
Harold Meyerson, executive director of the Labor and Worklife
Program at the Harvard School of Law
Elaine Bernard, labor historian
Nelson Lichtenstein, and political scientist
Stephen Eric Bronner.
Hiding Browner's Socialist connections:
In the United States, it is not illegal to be a socialist or to have
Political goals: Browner's statements and past
behavior demonstrate that she personally believes in government control of all economic
activity. She has also stated that that "global
warming is the greatest challenge ever faced," and
envisions unlimited restrictions on energy use and the destruction of
fossil fuel use. Her goal is to downsize the American economy to levels
that most Americans would find catastrophic.
For the distinctions
between democratic socialist and social democratic policies, which are
important and not a mere matter of words, see Wikipedia entries
Socialism. Ignorance of these distinctions can lead to serious
errors in policy making.
Green power base:
Browner was Chair,
Browner was a
Member of the
Board of the Directors of:
Center for American Progress;
Alliance for Climate Protection;
League of Conservation Voters.
She withdrew from these positions when nominated as
Browner was born in Miami, Florida
in 1955. He mother and father were both professors at
Browner grew up in
and claims that hiking in the nearby
Everglades gave her a close connection to the natural world:
"I was very shaped by growing up in that kind of environment where
nature was right there."
Browner has a B.A.
in English from the
University of Florida (1977),
and a J.D. from the
University of Florida College of Law (1979).
For the next two years she was General Counsel,
Florida House of Representatives Committee on Government Operations.
Radical activist background:
In 1983, Browner became associate director
of Heather Booth's
Citizen Action in Washington,
where she worked with far left activists.
Citizen Action and
its lobbying arm, Citizens Fund, were once-important
national organizations destroyed by scandal surrounding
the group's involvement in a 1997
laundering scandal in a Teamsters Union election. Browner and her
then-husband Michael Podhorzer both worked in the Washington office.
Citizen Action was founded by
Booth, Chicagoan whose activist career began in the Mississippi
Summer civil rights projects in 1964. She returned to Chicago and
organized an underground abortion clinic and a woman's group in 1967. She founded the Midwest
Academy in 1973 to provide training for organizers in neighborhood
Her husband, Paul Booth, was a founding member of Students for a
Democratic Society (SDS) in the early 1960s, and was president of
Chicago's Citizen Action Program (CAP) formed in 1969 by organizers from
Saul Alinski's Industrial Areas Foundation
Academy and IAF worked together on CAP's campaigns.
In 1989 Citizen
Action consolidated its various nonprofit structures as Citizen
Action Fund, with a 32-member board of directors representing
affiliate state organizations. During the early 1990s Citizen Action
/ Citizens Fund had 22 state affiliates with 10 more organizing.
Then the Teamsters scandal emerged in 1997 and the national
organizations collapsed, leaving scattered state affiliates, which
disengaged from the national before and during the scandal.
Congressional jobs: Between 1986 and 1988,
Browner was chief legislative assistant to
Lawton Chiles from Florida. She advised on a
federal land grab in Florida's
Big Cypress National Preserve,
as well as a ban on
She was a legal counsel for the
Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
girl: Browner was Legislative Director for Senator Al Gore
from 1988 to 1991,
and became a Gore protegé. She helped Gore rig a
smear against Ron Arnold and others in an ABC News Nightline
show, but it backfired when Ted Koppel revealed his source as Al Gore on
the air and reworked the report in a fair and balanced manner, enraging
Gore and Browner.
head: Browner served as transition director for Vice
President-elect Gore. President
Bill Clinton nominated her as
Environmental Protection Agency head and she was confirmed by the Senate.
The selection of Browner revealed that Gore's
extreme environmentalism had won out over
Clinton's more pro-business mindset. Browner
was the longest-serving EPA
administrator in the
history of the agency,
staying through both Clinton terms.
2008 presidential election, Browner strongly
Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination.
After that failed, she campaigned for
Barack Obama in several battleground states and in League of
Conservation Voters events.
ties: Browner is now married to former Congressman
Thomas Joseph Downey.
Downey heads a lobbying firm that includes clients involved in energy
In 2006 she and Downey collaborated on behalf of
Dubai Ports World, but were trounced by Senator
Charles Schumer during the
Dubai Ports World controversy.
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