Surprise!… Obama's Climate Czar Is Board Member of Major Carbon Offset Company …Update: Her Husband Lobbied on Energy Issues (Updated 2-12)
It was reported yesterday that Barack Obama picked a radical socialist as his climate czar. Carol Browner belongs to organizations that call for “global governance” and demand that rich countries shrink their economies to address climate change. But since her pick, Mrs. Browner’s name and biography had been removed from these socialist websites.
William Teach passed on that Carol is a board member of a leading carbon offset trading company.
Mrs. Browner joined the board last March:
Carol Browner Joins APX’s Board of Directors
Santa Clara, CA – March 10, 2008 – APX, Inc., the leading infrastructure provider for environmental and energy markets, announced today that Carol Browner, former Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has joined its Board of Directors. Ms. Browner, who has a distinguished career in public service, brings to APX’s Board deep expertise in environmental policy, including climate change issues.
She is currently a Principal of The Albright Group LLC, a global strategy firm that she co-founded with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and a team of international negotiators and seasoned diplomats. The firm provides strategic counsel to clients around the world. She is also a Principal of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm.
Commenting on Ms. Browner’s election to the Board, Brian Storms, APX’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said: “Carol is one of the world’s foremost environmental policy experts and we are honored that she is joining our Board of Directors. APX’s ability to attract such well-respected leaders as Carol to our Board underscores the trusted position we have established in supporting the rapidly developing environmental commodities markets. Her extensive experience and global perspective will be a tremendous asset to APX as we look to enhance our position as the leading environmental market infrastructure provider.”
Said Ms. Browner: “The explosive growth in environmental commodities trading will result in a greater need for market oversight. APX’s cutting-edge technology provides integrity and transparency, which are essential to the efficient and effective operations of these markets. APX is a world-class environmental infrastructure company with a long history of public private partnership, and I look forward to helping them capitalize on the full potential of these markets.”
…Of course you do.
It is not clear if Browner is still a member of the APX Board or not.
You’d think the Obama Camp would have known this when she was selected as climate czar.
Is anyone vetting these people?
UPDATE: Thanks to BG for posting this in the comments– Browner’s husband lobbied on energy issues:
The husband of Carol Browner, President-elect Barack Obama’s presumed pick for a new White House energy adviser post, has lobbied on energy and environmental issues, with clients including Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp. and Keyspan Energy.
Ms. Browner is married to former New York Rep. Tom Downey, who founded the Downey McGrath Group Inc. in 1993. The two wed in June 2007.
Ms. Browner, a principal at The Albright Group LLC, a consulting firm headed by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, headed the Environmental Protection Agency under President Bill Clinton. In the Obama White House, she is expected to be “energy czar,” a new post that will coordinate the many federal agencies that have a hand in energy policy, according to Democratic officials.
UPDATE 2: (2-12) This was sent to me from the APX Inc. today:
I would like to clarify an inaccuracy regarding APX Inc. that was stated in your article posted Tuesday, 13 January 2009.
The article mentions that APX is “one of the leading carbon offset trading companies”, which is incorrect.
APX Inc. is a provider of market technology and infrastructure services for environmental programs. Our aim is to ensure that there is the greatest level of transparency and integrity in environmental markets, and ensuring a level playing field for all market participants. We work with the highest quality standards organizations and regulators to provide infrastructure for environmental programs. Carbon offset credits and allowances are actually provided and verified under the rules of these programs, which are supported by APX infrastructure. APX is not a broker, marketer, trader, or an exchange. In fact, APX revenue is unrelated to the price of the environmental certificates that we track and record, and the firm takes no position in these markets. We are policy neutral, except to the extent that we believe market-based approaches can be an effective means to achieve environmentally important objectives. A European firm and an Australian firm with similar names (unrelated to APX Inc.) are involved in trading and exchange activities, so could have been a point of confusion.
Also, we would like to clarify that Ms. Browner immediately resigned from the APX board and has no financial interest in the firm, to ensure that there is no conflict of interest.
If you could make your readers aware of these points, we would be appreciative. Thank you.
eMarketing Manager – APX, Inc.