Quote of the Day – from Carol Browner, climate-czar

Posted by: ST on July 9, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Mark Tapscott writes:

Carol Browner, former Clinton administration EPA head and current Obama White House climate czar, instructed auto industry execs “to put nothing in writing, ever” regarding secret negotiations she orchestrated regarding a deal to increase federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards.

Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-WI, is demanding a congressional investigation of Browner’s conduct in the CAFE talks, saying in a letter to Rep. Henry Waxman, D-CA, that Browner “intended to leave little or no documentation of the deliberations that lead to stringent new CAFE standards.”

The NYT first reported on this – in a positive light, of course – back in May:

SAN FRANCISCO — There was a simple rule for negotiations between the White House and California on vehicle fuel economy: Put nothing in writing.

Mary Nichols, the head of the California Air Resources Board, and Carol Browner, President Obama’s point person on energy and climate change, were key in crafting a plan to impose the first-ever national carbon limits on cars and trucks. The emissions standards, announced yesterday by the president in the Rose Garden, would bring federal requirements in line with levels sought by California over much of the last decade (Greenwire, May 19).

In an interview yesterday, Nichols said Browner quietly orchestrated private discussions from the White House with auto industry officials. Browner started the talks soon after becoming Obama’s special assistant on energy and climate, a position that gives her wide-ranging authority to coordinate top officials at the Council on Environmental Quality, U.S. EPA, and the departments of Energy and Transportation.

Similar discussions had taken place well before the elections last year between Nichols and the auto industry, but those talks stopped soon after Obama defeated Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for the presidency. Serious work toward a compromise that would set a single national standard and stop the legal wrangling over California’s attempt to regulate vehicular carbon did not resume until Browner came aboard at the White House, Nichols said.

It was then that Nichols and Browner decided to keep their discussions as quiet as possible, holding no group meetings and taking care to not leak updates to the press. This strategy, they felt, would help facilitate fast progress outside the media frenzy that often dominates Washington politics.

“We put nothing in writing, ever,” Nichols said. “That was one of the ways we made sure that everyone’s ability to talk freely was protected.”

She added, “It’s an astonishing thing that on something of this magnitude there were no leaks.”

Just. Wow.

Pretty much says it all about “hope-n-change,” eh? And do I need to even mention in passing how this story would have been treated had it been an article about Bush administration officials telling people to “put nothing in writing?”

MM sums it up:

Old sunshine-dodging habits die hard.

Obama lied, transparency died.

Corruptocrat business as usual in the Age of Obama.



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  • 14 Responses to “Quote of the Day – from Carol Browner, climate-czar”


    1. Ron Russell says:

      He learned the political game very well in the windy city. What we need in Washington is a breath of fresh air to clear the smoke-filled rooms.

    2. My first thought when I read this today was “How Nixonian of Team Hopenchange.” And it’s true: for someone who rode in on a unicorn promising to “Change the way Washington works, bring new transparency, and give everyone candy,” this is exactly the kind of thing Tricky Dick would have done.

      And I’m still waiting for my candy. :-w

    3. Great White Rat says:

      Well, see, you just don’t get it, do you, ST? Having secret negotiations is just fine, as long as we do it in the name of Hope and Change, Inc.®. You didn’t get the memo??

      I’m sure Waxman will ignore the request. Times change. But a few years ago, he demanded all kinds of documentation based only on suspicion:

      “At the very least, the confluence of these actions creates an appearance of impropriety,” Waxman wrote. “I urge you to reevaluate your refusal to provide the public with information about the Administration’s dealings with Enron.

      But of course, Browner telling her new lackeys in the auto industry to put nothing in writing doesn’t have the “appearance of impropriety”, right?? :o

      This is a crisis! Do you expect our public officials to read bills before passing them, or actually take notes at meetings? They don’t have time….they need to ram another piece of the socialist agenda through before the public finishes its nap.

      Oh, and in the sprit of ST’s post on Tuesday, here’s another George Carlin clip, on people like Browner who want to “save the planet” (language warning).

    4. proof says:

      Transparency: Chicago style!

    5. Carlos says:

      His Hollowness’ administration’s transparency is as clear as all his promises (or maybe any of his promises) are likely to be kept.

      The joke with Nixon was, “Would you buy a used car from this man?” Quite frankly, I wouldn’t buy a NEW car from Obama.

      Oh, wait. If I were to ever buy a Chevy, I would be buying it from him, wouldn’t I?

      You can bet I’ll never own another GM product. Ever.

    6. Steve Skubinna says:

      The first rule of CAFE is you don’t talk about CAFE.

    7. Howard Sparks Jr says:

      Anyone who actually thought Obama was honest in his promises, in my opinion was very gullible indeed. Both parties need to cleaned out of the capital and a new start made.

    8. MarkJ says:

      Adolf Hitler, 1941: “Put nothing in writing, ever.”

      Carol Browner, 2009: “Put nothing in writing, ever.”

    9. Bear1909 says:

      He will FAIL. This isn’t how America is supposed to function. He will FAIL.

    10. Carlos says:

      There is nothing about MMGW that can stand examination, and anything written (or said to a camera) can (theoretically) be vetted. Of course, we’re talking the MSM here, so vetting of a socialist plot won’t happen, and they shore ’nuff won’t spend the time digging up any real scientific data.

    11. Nonnie Mouse says:

      “Anonymous” seems to have released a river of bile which must have been pent up for some time. However, it is too shy to release an identity — not at all unusual for a hater but quite cowardly.

    12. Indeed, Nonnie. Sorry everyone had to see that (in the three threads “it” posted in). The comments have been deleted. Not sure how they made it through in the first place.