Browner: What the President Did for Health Care, He’ll Do for Energy

White House environmental adviser Carol Browner has just sent an e-mail to to announce a White House chat at 4 p.m. Eastern with Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, at

The Browner e-mail was also posted at the White House blog, and we note her take on the need for energy/climate legislation.

Shifting to a clean energy economy won’t be easy. For decades, we have grappled with the issue of how to end our addiction to fossil fuels.  And for decades, we have lacked the political will and courage to take this important step towards securing our environment, our economy and our security.

To anyone who thinks this can’t be done, take a look at President Obama’s track record of working with Congress to deliver the change that our country needs. Here are three examples:

  • The health care reforms of the Affordable Care Act bring the stability and security for American families that seven Presidents tried — and failed — to deliver;
  • The Recovery Act is widely regarded as a critical measure that prevented another depression and saved or created more than 2 million jobs;
  • Reform of student loans makes higher education more affordable, allowing students to get loans without relying on large banks as unnecessary middlemen.

It seems early to be hailing these laws as proven successes. The argument certainly won’t persuade anyone who doubts the audacity of hope as a regulatory and tax philosophy.

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