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Carol M. Browner served eight years as the head of the EPA under President Bill Clinton. She currently serves on the White House staff as the coordinator for energy and climate change policies. She has been working in the background with the EPA to form a number of policy changes over the past two years.
Administration officials confirmed on Jan. 24, 2011 that Ms. Browner would be returning to private practice. It was undecided just when her departure would take place or whether she would be replaced. The major focus by White House staff over the past two years has been on the economy and health care, leaving little time to push climate action legislation. In general, it is now believed that the new Republican-controlled House will stymie any future climate legislation.
A Browner aide said the former EPA administrator was proud of her accomplishments in helping to coordinate the BP spill response as well as being instrumental in forcing automobile fuel efficiency to increase by about 25 percent over the next five years. Officials expect that some of her other accomplishments will be mentioned during tonight's State of the Union Address from President Obama endorsing the clean energy policies she had championed.
Now the question will be, did she leave because the administration is backing off demands for climate legislation? Will the Republicans tie such legislation to job growth restrictions? Stay tuned.