Carol Browner

The Experiment
January 25, 2012

In August 2008, a week before Barack Obama went to Denver to collect his nomination, Steven Chu stepped onto a stage in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’s Cox Pavilion. The 60-year-old physicist was a towering presence in his field, a Nobel Prize winner and the director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. But he was largely unknown to the Washington-centric crowd of several hundred, in town for a clean energy conference co-hosted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Center for American Progress (CAP) Action Fund.

Smoke Signals
April 07, 2011

In 1903, when the Fisk Generating Station in Chicago had its first steam engine turbine installed, engineers hailed the new coal-fired power plant as a marvel—“a monster in its day,” as one magazine put it. But, over the years, the boxy red-brick structure has become, in the eyes of many locals, a monster of a different sort.

Jackson Lays Out Timetable For EPA Regs
February 23, 2010

At last, a little more clarity on what the EPA is planning to do in terms of greenhouse-gas regulations. (Riveting topic, huh?) Last Friday, West Virginia's Jay Rockefeller and seven other Senate Democrats from coal states sent a letter to EPA head Lisa Jackson expressing "serious economic and energy security concerns" about the agency's plans to regulate carbon-dioxide and other heat-trapping gases on its own.

Browner, Kerry, and More Will Headline a TNR Event on Tuesday
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February 19, 2010

And you should come, because we’ve put together a truly impressive lineup. Click here for more full details and email this address (events@tnr.com) to RSVP. Just as a thumbnail: It’ll take place at the National Press Club on Tuesday, February 23, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. There will addresses by Carol Browner, the White House’s Director of Energy and Climate Change; Senator John Kerry; Representative Ed Markey; and Todd Stern, the State Department’s Special Envoy on Climate Change.

Chu: Seriously Folks, We're In Favor Of Nuclear
January 21, 2010

Early last year, the Obama administration effectively canceled longstanding plans for a nuclear waste site at Yucca Mountain. That decision wasn't exactly a surprise: On the campaign trail, Obama had promised Nevadans that he'd shutter the unpopular project (there are perks to being an electoral swing state, after all), and, of course, the current Senate majority leader hails from Nevada.

Carol Browner Goes Post-czar
December 10, 2008

Looks like Carol Browner will be the White House point person for energy and environmental issues. Quick take: It's a very green pick. When Browner was EPA head during the Clinton years, she was known as a fierce defender of federal environmental rules during a period when Newt Gingrich and the GOP were trying to dismantle them en masse, and she generally received high marks from green groups, though industry lobbyists and Republican staffers found her way too aggressive.

Getting To Know Carol Browner
December 10, 2008

NAME: Carol Browner AGE: 53 NEW APPOINTMENT: Environment, climate, and energy "czar" (expected) HOW SHE KNOWS OBAMA: Campaigned for him through the League of Conservation Voters; named head of the transition's energy and environment policy working group OTHER TOP POSITIONS: Head of the Environmental Protection Agency (1993-2000); head of Florida's environmental regulation (1991-1993); legislative director for then-senator Al Gore (1988-1991); chair of the Audubon Society; seat on Board of Directors of the Center for American Progress; most recently, a principal at The Albright Group KNOWN FO