By Pete Chagnon and Jody Brown
Officials with theÂ Competitive Enterprise InstituteÂ (CEI) say president-elect Obama’s picks for energy secretary, EPA administrator, and energy and climate czar are troubling.
President-elect Obama has chosen Steven Chu as energy secretary, Lisa Jackson as Environmental Protection Agency administrator, and Carol Browner (formerly EPA administrator under Bill Clinton for seven years) as his energy and climate czar. But while the mainstream media and Obama supporters are applauding the picks, at least one critic suggests those offering the accolades are not fully informed.
According to Iain Murray, a CEI senior fellow in energy, science, and technology, “the people who don’t really care about the economic effects of their policies” are the one singing the praises of Obama’s choices to head up his energy program. Murray is author of The Really Inconvenient Truths — a critical look at global warming.
Murray tells Fox News that by picking more former Clinton appointees, Obama has undercut his promise to bring a new voice to the debate on environmental issues. “This is the sort of thing that indicates that Obama is going to be very, very much a part of the environmentalist establishment,” he stated.
In addition, Myron Ebell, director of energy and global warming policy at CEI, points out that all the appointees are dedicated environmentalists. “They are all committed, I believe, to what president-elect Obama says is his agenda, which is to spend an awful lot of taxpayer money on creating so-called ‘green jobs,'” says Ebell.
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