Carol Browner

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Carol Browner

Carol Browner (born December 16, 1955, in Miami, Florida) is a lobbyist hired by President Barack Hussein Obama as "Energy and Environment Czar,"[1] with a formal title as Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change.[2] Browner was the Environmental Protection Agency administrator in the Clinton Administration, holding the position from 1993 to 2000. She is also the former head of the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation. She has years of experience with environmental issues and takes an extremist viewpoint on Global Warming.


Browner graduated from the University of Florida with B.A. in English in 1977 and a law degree in 1979. She married Michael Podhorzer in 1987, and they have a son, Zachary, born in the same year. She divorced and is now in her third marriage, to Thomas Downey, a former Democratic congressman from New York.[3] He is a Washington lobbyist for ExxonMobil and a dozen other firms on energy policy. She was named "Mother of the Year" in April 1997 by the National Mother's Day Committee for her dedication to providing "children with a safer, healthier world." She was also named Glamour magazine's Woman of the Year in 1998.[4]

Clinton administration

Browner was ordered by a federal judge to keep her data files for the incoming Bush Administration and for the Freedom of Information Act. Instead she ordered the files destroyed and the back-up tapes erased. She claimed she had no clue about a court injunction signed by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth.[5] After a two-year legal battle, Judge Lamberth finally held the EPA in contempt of court for the systemic file destruction. Also, Browner got caught by a congressional subcommittee using taxpayer funds to create and send out illegal lobbying material to over 100 grassroots environmental lobbying organizations. She installed more than a dozen environmental group operatives into EPA posts.[6]


Browner was listed on the website of Socialist International (SI) as one of 14 leaders of its Commission for a Sustainable World Society. SI "says it supports socialism and is harshly critical of U.S. policies," which argues that the global community must work collectively to address environmental policies.[2] The Commission advocates "global governance," and says "rich countries must shrink their economies to address climate change."[7]

Global warming alarmism

Browner is a member of or a lobbyist for the following left-wing environmental organizations:

  • Commission for a Sustainable World Society
  • Center for American Progress
  • Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection
  • Citizen Action
  • APX, Inc.
  • League of Conservation Voters
  • Albright Group
  • National Audubon Society

Use of junk science

The Washington Post reported in November 2010 the oil spill that damaged the Gulf of Mexico's reefs and wetlands also threatens to stain the Obama administration's reputation for relying on science to guide policy. The Department of Interior's concluded that the White House edited a drilling safety report in a way that made it falsely appear that scientists and experts backed the administration's six-month moratorium on new deep-water drilling. The editing changes by the White House resulted "in the implication that the moratorium recommendation had been peer reviewed." But it hadn't been. Outside scientists were asked only to review new safety measures for offshore drilling.[8]

In October 2010 the Presidential Commission on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster Oil said that the White House Office of Management and Budget delayed publication of a scientific report that forecast how much oil could reach the gulf's shores. The report said Browner mischaracterized on national TV a government analysis about where the oil went, saying it showed most of the oil was "gone." It also said Browner and the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Jane Lubchenco, contributed to the public's perception that the report was more exact than it was. Academics, environmentalists and federal investigators have accused the administration since the April 2010 spill of downplaying scientific findings, misrepresenting data and, most recently, misconstruing the opinions of experts it solicited.[9]

Ethical questions

Browner, Obama's 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.[10] Federal law requires officials to preserve documents concerning significant policy decisions.

In 2003, a federal judge held the Environmental Protection Agency in contempt for destroying computer files during the Clinton administration that had been sought by a conservative legal foundation. The U.S. District Judge, Royce Lamberth, also ordered the EPA to pay the Landmark Legal Foundation's legal fees and costs because the agency disobeyed his order to preserve the electronic records of Browner, the former EPA chief.[2]

Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-WI, is demanding a congressional investigation of Browner's conduct.


  1. Rise of the Czars,, June 9th, 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 List of Obama's Czars,, August 21, 2009.
  3. Downey, Browner to Marry Newsday, January 8, 2007
  4. Energy Czar: Carol Browner Time, December 15, 2008
  5. Crooked Carol Browner Michelle Malkin, December 12, 2008
  6. Carol Browner
  7. Obama climate czar has socialist ties Washington Times, January 12, 2009
  8. Critics say White House misconstrued spill data, Dina Cappiello, Washington Post, November 11, 2010.
  9. Scientists question government team's report of shrinking gulf oil spill, David A. Fahrenthold, Washington Post, August 5, 2010.
  10. Culture of corruption watch: “Put nothing in writing…ever”, July 9, 2009