Top Energy Adviser Leaving White House

Carol Browner departing with goals unmet
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2011 12:02 AM CST
Top Energy Adviser Leaving White House
Carol Browner, White House Energy Adviser, appears on NBC's "Meet the Press" in Washington last August. The image behind Browner shows a burn-off of spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico.   (AP Photo/NBC, William B. Plowman)

Energy czar Carol Browner is on her way out of the Obama administration. White House officials have confirmed that Browner, who is Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, will be leaving within weeks, Politico reports. Her main mission, passage of a comprehensive climate change bill, now appears unlikely and administration officials haven't decided whether she will be replaced.

Environmentalists had hoped that Browner, who served as director of the EPA during the Clinton administration, would have been able to use her Washington experience to help pass climate change and clean energy legislation. Her departure is "a big blow to the president’s image as a leader on health and the environment,” the director of Clean Air Watch says. “Carol has been a resolute champion of the causes of dealing with the climate problem and other environmental issues. It looks like this is more of a turn against some of those policies and maybe part of the president’s overall strategy of not only seeming to be, but becoming more business friendly.” (More Obama administration stories.)

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