The Washington Post broke the news last night:
President-elect Barack Obama is expected to announce — perhaps as early as Wednesday — that Clinton administration Environmental Protection Agency chief Carol Browner will take a new White House position as head of environmental, energy, climate and related matters, according to Democratic sources.
Now a principal at The Albright Group, a “global strategy firm” founded by former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, Browner was the longest-serving administrator in EPA history.
Browner is first rate, and she definitely gets the climate issue. She is a board member of the Center for American Progress, and I recently introduced her at a CAP event (click here) that provides some insight into her thinking.
I can’t tell from this story whether the White House has embraced some sort of National Energy and Climate Council, but that would be a terrific idea. This may well make the secretary of energy job less attractive to a big-name player, which actually would be fine with me, since some of the “big” names floated, like Duke CEO Jim Rogers or T. Boone Pickens would be terrible. More on this as details emerge.