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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Podesta's White House return means a more aggressive green agenda -- By Michael Bastasch, The Daily Caller

BASTASCH: Podesta’s White House return means a more aggressive green agendaJohn Podesta’s return to the White House should have oil, gas and coal producers worried. The White House has already shown its willingness to go it alone on global warming and environment issues, but Podesta will only embolden the administration to go further to implement a progressive environmental agenda.

After spending years at his liberal Center for American Progress (CAP) studying how the president could use his executive authority to put the country on a path to use less oil, gas and coal, Podesta has been tapped to advise Obama on environmental and climate issues.

A lot of the worry surrounding Podesta’s return has to do with the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline — which he has criticized. But Keystone is a minor concern when compared to the potential regulatory onslaught that Podesta could unleash from the White House.

“Since the Republicans won control of the House in the 2010 elections, he has criticized the Obama White House for wasting time on legislation that won’t pass, instead of using executive authority to push the left’s agenda, which is incredible considering how far Obama has gone to abuse his authority,” Myron Ebell, director of the Center of Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

In 2010, Podesta wrote the foreword for a CAP report on how the president could use his executive authority to advance a progressive agenda, including actions to unilaterally force the U.S. economy to become greener.

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