Obama Climate Czarina Was Member of Socialist Group's Environmental Commission
Carol Browner, whose picture is still on SocialistInternational.org, is president-elect's choice as climate czarina.
WASHINGTON -- Carol Browner, President-elect Barack Obama's choice to be his climate czarina, served until last summer as a member of a socialist organization whose mission is to enact progressive government policies, including toward environmental concerns like climate change.
Browner's name and biography have been scrubbed from the Web site of Socialist International, the umbrella group for 170 "social democratic, socialist and labor parties" in 55 countries. But a photo of Browner speaking in Greece to the group's Congress on June 30 remained in the site's archives.
Browner, formerly the longest serving administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, having served under President Bill Clinton, worked on Socialist International's Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which argues that the global community must work collectively to address environmental policies.
"We are aware that essential tasks still lie ahead which we can master only through common action, since human survival increasingly depends upon the joint efforts of people around the world. ... It is the people of the world who should exercise control by means of a more advanced democracy in all aspects of life: political, social and economic. Political democracy, for socialists, is the necessary framework and precondition for other rights and liberties," the Web site reads.
The SWS commission includes among its 14 members the former prime minister of Sweden and former presidents of Chile and Poland, as well as the president of Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party and the leader of Morrocco's Socialist Union of Popular Forces.
Obama has said that taking action on climate change will be a priority in his administration. An Obama spokesman said Browner's membership in Socialist International is not a problem, and she brings "indispensable" experience in policymaking to her new role as Obama's top environmental adviser, a position that does not require Senate confirmation.
"Carol Browner was chosen to help the President-elect coordinate energy and climate policy because she understands that our efforts to create jobs, achieve energy security and combat climate change demand integration among different agencies; cooperation between federal, state and local governments; and partnership with the private sector," said Obama spokesman Nick Shapiro.
"The Commission for a Sustainable World Society includes world leaders from a variety of political parties, including British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who succeeded Tony Blair, in serving as vice president of the convening organization," Shapiro said.
But a spokesman for House Minority Leader John Boehner asked whether Browner agrees with the group's concept of "global governance" and whether "the United States should abdicate its international leadership to international organizations? Does she support its position that the international community should be the ultimate arbiter of climate change policy?"
Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., a vocal opponent of manmade global warming theories, said Browner's "extremist" views date back to the Clinton administration, when the idea of manmade global warming first became popular. He said hundreds of scientists have changed their position since then, and he said the Earth is actually in a cooling period.
"So she is pretty extremist in my eyes in terms of her liberal leanings," Inhofe told FOX News. "Where do you draw the line between an extreme liberal and a Socialist? You know, everyone has a different view of that."
Browner has spent her career working on environmental issues. Prior to serving in the Clinton administration, she worked as head of Florida's Department of Environmental Protection, where she was credited with helping implement the state's plan for saving the Everglades. Before that, she worked as a senior aide to then-Sen. Al Gore and as legal counsel on the Senate Energy Committee.
In April 1997, the National Mother's Day Committee named Browner a "Mother of the Year," which the EPA says was for her dedication to providing "children with a safer, healthier world." She is currently a principal in the Albright Group, founded by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
FOX News' Carl Cameron and Kelly Chernenkoff contributed to this report.
I do not know which is funnier. The idea that an environmental "czarina" speaking at a democratic socialist event or serving on some commission now makes you a member of the fourth international, such is the interpretation of hacks like Carl Cameron and Kelly Chernenkoff, or the notion that a pancake makeup-clad chain smoker like House Minority Leader John Boehner, the same fella who compared opponents of global trade and democratization to terrorists, has now suddenly rediscovered that he is opposed to having things outside of your own borders.
To understand how such ignorance can possibly be allowed to masquerade as journalism, you need to look no farther than the excuse for the journalist who wrote this article, Carl Cameron. Ole Carl has spent his career scraping his knees for Fox 'news' local affiliates before being graduated by his pimp to national news coverage, and he has served his daddy well. He has a long career of lying and making stories up (this article is just one in a long line of the pile of elephant dung that is his reporting).
Back in the heady days of 2004, only several years into turning tricks for Rupert Murdoch as a national news 'reporter,' he made up a story about John Kerry calling President Bush a "warmonger." By made up, I mean, literally, he made it up because he never called him that. The citation of authority that Carl used to justify this was a speech Kerry delivered in which he stated that a re-elected Bush would "carry on" the same failed policies in Iraq--it must be said he did (even though Kerry voted for the war). Knowing that such a source would not suffice, he simply stated what he wanted Kerry to say (that Bush was a "warmonger") and then falsely quoted Kerry as saying just that.
By the standards of any journalism school, Carl Cameron would be seen as a fraud (and a story like this at a university paper likely cost him his job). If he had been black and written these types of stories for the New York Times about one of George Bush's pals, you can bet the very same soulless reporters and commentators he spends his time with at Fox would be calling for his head to be served on a stick, next to Jayson Blair's. Of course, Carl is not a real reporter, although he plays one, and lock-jawing himself for Rupert Murdoch gives him the protection Mr. Blair never would have received when making up his stories.
What Carl Cameron has written about Browner is no less fraudulent. Browner is not a member of the group. Cameron's "proof" is his claim (take into consideration the honesty level of the person making the accusation) that the socialist site had her name as a member on its site, but then took it down. And the proof of that claim is the word of Carl Cameron. Yes, Carol Browner is a socialist, you see. She served on a commission they sanctioned. The same Carol Browner who as head of the EPA under Bill Clinton developed a reputation of being "friendly" to business interests on environmental regulations, including schemes like Project XL which allowed pollutant industries to donate and "work with" federal regulators, becoming the precursor to Bush's enfeebling of environmental regulations in the 2000s. That is information Cameron never mentions, possibly since it would interrupt his narrative.
But if association (judged as such by a commission service) is the same as membership of the organization, Carl has nothing to worry about. He spent his college years imitating a basketball player, so I am certain having hung out with a few guys from the athletic program on the football team he can then use the same method of correlation to assert that while he was in college he was captain of the football team, as well. After all, Leon Panetta served on a commission created by President Bush, so that makes him a member of the Republican Party and a supporter of Sarah Palin.