White House Still Listening to Van Jones ‘Green’ Advice

 

White House still listening to Van Jones ‘green’ advice

 

Communist-group founder on team influencing environmental policies

 

By Aaron Klein

November 30, 2009

Van Jones, President Obama’s controversial former “green jobs” czar, serves on the advisory board of an independent environmental organization actively working with the White House, WND has learned.

Jones resigned in September after it was exposed he founded a communist revolutionary organization and signed a statement that accused the Bush administration of possible involvement in the 9/11 attacks.

Jones is one of 20 advisers to the University of Colorado–based Presidential Climate Action Project, or PCAP, which draws up climate-policy recommendations for the White House and has been working with members of the Obama administration.

The PCAP last September released a lengthy proposal to guide the environmental policies during the first 100 days of the 44th U.S. president regardless of whether Obama or Sen. John McCain won the election.

William S. Becker, the PCAP’s executive director, confirmed to WND his group is “about to propose a new and more assertive strategy for President Obama to raise the bar on the U.S. climate goal, with or without Congress.”

Becker told WND his group’s initial proposals have received a “very positive reception from the moment we delivered (the 100-day proposal) last November to John Podesta, co-chair of Obama’s transition team.”

“We continue to work with some colleagues inside the (Obama) administration, as well as continuing to push for bold action from the outside,” he said.

Becker said the White House “adopted quite a few of our recommendations or variations of them.”

He cited a few examples of the influence of the PCAP and other environmental groups on Obama’s policies:

  • The PCAP recommended that the U.S. reach a bilateral climate deal with China prior to the upcoming U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. The U.S. has since signed several agreements with China to share technology that reduces greenhouse-gas emissions.
  • The PCAP recommended an executive order that removed the gags from federal climate scientists. This became one of Obama’s first actions on environmental policy.
  • The PCAP recommended an overhaul of federal energy management to beef up efficiency requirements for federal agencies and to restore absolute carbon reduction targets that had been rescinded by the Bush administration. The Obama administration issued a new federal energy management order in October, including a requirement that agencies develop absolute targets for greenhouse-gas reductions.
  • The PCAP recommended (as did many others) that the Environmental Protection Agency embrace California’s vehicle emission standards and begin the process of regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. The EPA  is doing both.
  • The PCAP recommended major budget increases for states and communities to engage in energy and climate actions and to weatherize the homes of low-income families. This was part of Obama’s stimulus package.

The PCAP describes itself as seeking to engage the “best thinking of America’s leaders in government, science and civil society to identify actions that will empower all elements of society to meet the challenges of energy security and climate change.” The group actively promotes the theory of global warming . Read the rest HERE.

According to the Presidential Climate Action Project:

US Climate Experts:

Daniel R. Abbasi
Director
MissionPoint Capital Partners

Sharon Alpert
Program Director for Environment — Surdna Foundation

Ray Anderson
Founder and Chair; Interface Inc.

Susan Anderson
Director – Office of Sustainable Development, City of Portland

The Honorable Rocky Anderson
Former Mayor ~ Salt Lake City, Utah
High Road for Human Rights

Dr. D. James Baker
Director, Global Carbon Measurement Program
William J. Clinton Foundation
Former Administrator
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

James P. Barrett, Ph.D.
Executive Director — Redefining Progress

Panama Bartholomy
California Energy Commission

Kit Batten Ph.D.
Managing Director for Energy and Environmental Policy ~ Center for American Progress

S.William Becker
Executive Director
National Association of Clean Air Agencies

William Becker
Executive Director; Presidential Climate Action Project – University of Colorado Denver

Robert J. Berkebile
Principal — BNIM Architects

Scott Bernstein
President, Center for Neighborhood Technology
Chairman, Surface Transportation Policy Partnership
Partner, Center for Transit Oriented Development

William Bertera
Executive Director; Water Environment Federation

David E. Blockstein
Director of Education & Senior Scientist — National Council for Science and the Environment

Tom Boucher
Founder, President & CEO
NativeEnergy

Gary Braasch
Photojournalist
Author of Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World (University of California Press)
Creator of
www.worldviewofglobalwarming.org

Lester Brown
Founder & President – Earth Policy Institute

Paul Brown
President, Public Services Group
Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. (CDM)

April Bucksbaum
Executive Director — The Baum Foundation

John Bullard
President – Sea Education Association
Former Director, NOAA’s Office of Sustainable Development
Former Mayor, New Bedford, MA
Current Chair of Mayor’s Sustainability Task Force
Current Gore messenger – The Climate Project

George Burmeister
President; Colorado Energy Group, Inc.

Kateri Callahan
President — Alliance to Save Energy [SURPRISE: Sen. Susan Collins belongs to this Alliance....]

Brian Castelli
Executive Vice President & C.O.O — Alliance to Save Energy

Don Chen
Executive Director; Smart Growth America

Marian Chertow
Director and Associate Professor
Industrial Environmental Management
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Eric Chivian
Director; Center for Health and the Global Environment – Harvard Medical School

Shared in 1985 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to:
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

Aimee Christensen
Christensen Global Strategies, LLC

Reverend Richard Cizik
VP for Governmental Affairs — National Association of Evangelicals
Office of Governmental Affairs

Jenny Clad
Director — The Climate Project [Al and Tipper Gore donors]

Eileen Claussen
President; Pew Center on Global Climate Change

Billy Connelly
Marketing Director – NativeEnergy

Beth Conover
Former Director, Greenprint Denver
Principal, Headwaters Consulting LLC

David Cooperrider, Ph.D.
Director of University Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit
Fairmount Minerals Professor
Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University

Judy Corbett
Executive Director;Local Government Commission

Robert Costanza, Ph.D.
Gund Professor of Ecological Economics

Director, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Kevin Coyle
Vice President of Education — National Wildlife Federation

Tabitha Crawford
Principal
Rayan Solutions

David Crockett
CitiStates Group
Founder, Chattanooga Institute for Sustainability

Judith Curry
Chair, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences – Georgia Institute of Technology

Melissa Dann
Executive Director — Wallace Global Fund

Scott Denman
Senior Program Officer ~ Reconnecting People and Places Program
Wallace Global Fund

Reid Detchon
Executive Director, Energy Future Coalition Executive Director, Energy & Climate, United Nations Foundation

Larisa Dobriansky
Baker & Hostetler

Strachan Donnelley
President — Center for Humans and Nature

Dr. Sylvia Earle
Former Chief Scientist/NOAA
Explorer in Residence — National Geographic Society

Kristie L. Ebi
ESS, LLC

Dr. Jae Edmonds
Laboratory Fellow and Chief Scientist;Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryJoint Global Change Research Institute at the University of Maryland College Park

James L. Elder
Director – The Campaign for Environmental Literacy

Jane Elder
Environmental Communications Specialist — Jane Elder Strategies

Paul Epstein M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Director; Center for Health and the Global Environment – Harvard Medical School, Landmark Center

Christine Ervin
Former President U.S. Green Building Council
Former U.S. Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Daniel Esty
Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy – Yale Law School

Richard Fedrizzi
President, CEO & Founding Chairman — U.S. Green Building Council

Ira Feldman
President and Senior Counsel — Greentrack Strategies

Emily Figdor
Federal Global Warming Program Director
Environment America

Garrett Fitzgerald
Director of Programs
ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability

Rebecca Flora
Executive Director — Green Building Alliance

John Fogarty, MD, MPH
Physicians for Social Responsibility

Peter Fox-Penner
The Brattle Group

Dr. William R. Fraser
President and Lead Investigator – Polar Oceans Research Group

Bryan Garcia
Program Director — Center for Business and the Environment, Yale University

Michel Gelobter
President; Redefining Progress

Dr. Barry D. Gold
Marine Conservation Initiative Lead — Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

K.C. Golden
Policy Director – Climate Solutions

K.C. Golden
Policy Director – Climate Solutions

Peter Goldmark
Director;Climate & Air Program – Environmental Defense

Dr. Eban Goodstein
Director — Focus the Nation

Lewis & Clark College — Department of Economics

Honorable Al Gore

Elisabeth Graffy
Coordinator; Natural Resource and Environmental Indicators – Office of Policy Analysis, U.S. Department of the Interior

Charles G. Groat
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy
Jackson School of Geosciences — The University of Texas at Austin

Arnulf Grubler
Professor in the Field of Energy and Technology — Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) — Laxenburg, Austria

Hank Habicht
Vice Chair; National Commission on Energy Policy

Also a Managing Partner at SAIL Venture Partners, LLC
600 Anton Boulevard, Suite 1750
Costa Mesa, California 92626
Ph: (714) 241-7500
Em: hhabicht@sailvc.com

Kathleen Hadley
Executive Director — National Center for Appropriate Technology

Dave Hamilton
Director; Global Warming and Energy Programs – Sierra Club

J. Drake Hamilton
Science Policy Director – Fresh Energy

James Hanken
Alexander Agassiz Professor of ZoologyCurator in Herpetology & Director/Museum;Harvard UniversityMuseum of Comparative Zoology

Maureen Hart
Executive Director; Sustainable Measures

Gary W. Hart, U.S. Senator (Ret.)
The Wirth Chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy
School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver

Hal Harvey
Program Director, Environment; The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Susan Joy Hassol
Director – Climate Communication

Karl Hausker Ph.D.
Vice President, ICF International

Denis Hayes
President & CEO; Bullitt Foundation

Marshall Herskovitz
Producer/Director

J. Andrew Hoerner
Director — Sustainable Economics Program

Redefining Progress

John P. Holdren, Ph.D.
Director – The Woods Hole Research Center
Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy, Harvard University

Stewart J. Hudson
President – Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation

Jonathan Isham
Luce Professor of International Environmental Economics
Middlebury College

Nancy Jackson
Executive Director – Climate & Energy Project (CEP) – The Land Institute

Dr. Anthony Janetos
Director — Joint Global Change Research Institute; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/University of Maryland

Rhea Jezer, Ph.D
Senior Lecturer
Environmental Policy
Dept. of Environmental Studies
Cazenovia College

Sadhu Johnston
Commissioner;Department of the Environment,City of Chicago

Van Jones
President – Green For All

Daniel M. Kammen
Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy

Energy and Resources Group
Goldman School of Public Policy
Department of Nuclear Engineering

Co-Director, Berkeley Institute of the Environment

Founding Director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory

Elizabeth Kolbert
Staff Writer — The New Yorker

Doug Koplow
Earth Track, Inc.

Kalee D. Kreider
Communications Director — Office of the Hon. Al Gore and Mrs. Tipper Gore

Fred Krupp
President — Environmental Defense

Charles Kutscher, Ph.D.
Center for Buildings and Thermal Systems – National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Jonathan Lash
President; World Resources Institute

The PCAP Advisory Committee is chaired by Ray Anderson, Founder and Chairman of the Board – Interface Inc.

Members include:
D. James Baker – Former Administrator – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Scott Bernstein – President – Center for Neighborhood Technology

April Bucksbaum – Vice President – The Baum Foundation

Brian Castelli – Executive Vice President – Alliance to Save Energy

Dianne Dillon-Ridgley – Chair – Plains Justice

Boyd Gibbons – Immediate Past President – Johnson Foundation

Gary Hart – U.S. Senator (Ret.) – Wirth Chair, University of Colorado Denver

Sheila Slocum Hollis – Partner – Duane Morris LLP

Van JonesBoard President & Co-Founder – Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

William C. Kunkler III – Executive Vice President – CC Industries, Inc.

Hunter Lovins – President – Natural Capitalism Solutions, Inc.

Michael Northrop – Program Director, Sustainable Development – Rockefeller Brothers Fund

David Orr – Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics Oberlin College

John L. Petersen – President – The Arlington Institute

Theodore Roosevelt IV – Chair – Pew Center on Global Climate Change

Larry Schweiger – President and CEO – National Wildlife Federation

James Gustave “Gus” Speth – Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University

Jeremy Symons – Director, Global Warming Campaign – National Wildlife Federation

Terry Tamminen – Cullman Senior Fellow and Climate Policy Director – New America Foundation

Admiral Richard H. Truly (U.S. Navy Ret.) – Former Administrator, NASA – Former Director, NREL

Heidi VanGenderen – Senior Policy Advisor – Colorado Governor’s Office

A number of additional national experts have contributed ideas for the PCAP as participants in the National Leadership Summits for a Sustainable America.

http://www.climateactionproject.com/about.php

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