Posting in Energy
President Obama has nominated John Bryson, an environmental activist turned corporate power broker, to lead the U.S. Department of Commerce.
United States President Barack Obama has chosen energy industry veteran John Bryson to head the Department of Commerce, signaling a more rigorous emphasis on the administration's "green jobs" agenda.
Bryson will be tasked with meeting Mr. Obama's goal of doubling U.S. exports over the next four years, CBS News reports. Part of that work will include developing renewable energy technologies, which have already begun to revitalize depressed and rural communities.
Bryson's CV conveys outwardly conflicting experiences as an environmental activist who served as legal counsel for the National Resource Defense Council; a California state environmental and utility regulator; and yet, he became chief executive of for-profit electric generator and distributor Edison International.
His tenure at Edison included strong advocacy for nuclear power, which drew condemnation from anti-nuclear activists and fiscal watchdogs opposed to nuclear fuel cycle subsidies. Bryson was rumored to have been in the running for U.S. Energy Secretary.
Bryson has served on corporate boards for Boeing, Coda Automotive, and Disney; earning him praise and support today from the right-leaning U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Those types of endorsement will be helpful to Bryson, who still has to make it through the Senate's confirmation process.
I can't help but notice the duality in President Obama's decision to nominate Bryson, and how that mirrors Bryson's own life: an environmental focus with strong business sense. The combination of record carbon emissions in 2010 and persistently high unemployment makes Bryson an extremely attractive candidate for the position.
May 31, 2011
It's fitting that the Obama Administration would choose someone with experience in running "profitable" companies that are only so because of their government-granted monopoly positions or government subsidies. In the Obama world-view, this is the now and future of America; They'll decide who is profitable, and all policy will be entirely driven from Washington.
Healthcare, Defense, Wall Street, Unemployment, the Environment, even Education... It's clear now that Obama is the biggest corporate tool ever to come from my beloved Democratic Party. He really had me fooled with all that "hope and change". I wonder how many campaign promises Obama can break before he alienates enough of his progessive/liberal base, becoming a one term President because too many of us either don't bother to vote or end up totally wasting our vote on some sort of third party candidate, to try to make some sort of a "statement" (remember Nader in 2000)? The greatest irony is that he does nearly everything the neocons would have him do, yet they still don't give him a single break! It serves him right.
who is President. Maybe our government is so captured by moneyed interests and the Wall Street oligarchy that the President just doesn't have much choice in many things. Maybe even such a person as Ron Paul or Dennis Kucinich wouldn't be able to do any better if elected President.
He beats Bush at most everything but mostly broken promises. Chosen by the new world order men & women who financed the fooling of the voters.
Also add the bureaucracy, which exists solely to sustain itself, with no self-correcting forces to control its spread.