Yesterday, Core News shared that democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders tapped one-child policy advocate Bill McKibben as his energy pick for the influential Democrat Party platform committee. It turns out Hillary Clinton’s energy pick is not that far from McKibben on some crucial issues.
Clinton selected former Obama “climate czar” Carol Browner to represent her campaign on energy and environmental issues for the platform committee. Browner and McKibben will have significant influence over how the Democrat Party discusses energy in this election and beyond.
Browner and McKibben have similar views on a defining energy issue – one that is fueling a fight between Big Labor and Tom Steyer – the Keystone XL pipeline.
National Journal’s Amy Harder reports that, in 2011, Browner said of the pipeline:
“Until we do have a climate policy, the idea that we should be supportive of a pipeline that will increase greenhouse-gas emissions is deeply troubling.”
Browner also correctly predicted President Obama would reject Keystone, more than two years ahead of time.
Of course, McKibben was “one of the loudest voices opposing the pipeline” for years.
Meanwhile, in 2012, Browner listed as Obama’s most notable energy achievement the stimulus, which “drove billions of dollars of investment into cleantech.” Of course, Browner left out the “infamous” Solyndra project in her analysis.
To no one’s surprise, McKibben was an early advocate for diverting stimulus dollars to “green energy” projects.
Finally, there is that time Browner came under fire for helping lead the Commission for a Sustainable World Society, a group formed by Socialist International. The Washington Times reported in 2009:
Until last week, Carol M. Browner, President-elect Barack Obama’s pick as global warming czar, was listed as one of 14 leaders of a socialist group’s Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which calls for “global governance” and says rich countries must shrink their economies to address climate change.
This incident may even put Browner to McKibben’s left. Around the same time, McKibben wrote in The Nation “I’m not sure I’m much of a socialist.”
It’s clear that, whether you look at Browner’s history or McKibben’s, the Democrat Party is more than eager to turn their energy platform over to hardcore members of the Environmentalist Left.