Carol M. Browner

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Carol M. Browner, a principal in the Albright Group, LLC, is currently assistant to the President on energy and climate change. She has "served as head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, a $7 billion, 18,000-employee agency responsible for protecting the public's air, water, and the health of their communities. She served as a member of the President's Cabinet for eight years. Ms. Browner, an attorney, is widely recognized for her innovative partnerships with the business community and non-governmental organizations, forging common sense, cost-effective solutions to public health and environmental challenges. Accomplishments during her tenure included enacting the strongest-ever national air pollution standards, creating innovative and flexible alternatives to traditional regulatory programs, and leveraging more than $1 billion in public and private funds to cleanup brownfields," her Albright Group biography states.[1]

Carol Browner testifying at her confirmation hearing on Jan. 11, 1993

Browner's comments concerning the Deepwater Horizon disaster

Browner supports the use of oil dispersants in the clean-up of oil spills, stating that they are part of the process of moving forward in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.[6]

She also claims not many dispersants are currently available or available in the quantities needed, an explanation that supports BP's use of Corexit.[7]

Browner's stand on secondhand smoke

While at the EPA, Browner took a strong stand on the hazards of secondhand tobacco smoke.

On July 21, 1993, Browner irritated the tobacco industry by giving a statement before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health and the Environment about secondhand smoke exposure that said,

EPA recommends that people not smoke in their home or permit others to do so. If a family smokes indoors, we recommend increased ventilation in the area where smoking takes place by opening windows or using exhaust fans. We also recommend that smoking should not occur if children are present, particularly infants and toddlers. Baby-sitters and others who work in the home should not be allowed to smoke in the house or near children.[3]

R.J. Reynolds immediately portrayed this as an attack on "freedom of choice" and urged its employees to write their congressmember and protest the EPA's "intrusion into the American Home." [4]

In 1998, Browner gave another statement about secondhand smoke to Congress, announcing new EPA efforts to educate the public about the hazards of secondhand smoke exposure.[5]


  1. [1]
  2. Center for American Progress Staff, organizational web page, accessed October 1, 2012.
  3. Board of Directors, Alliance for Climate Protection, accessed October 20, 2007.
  4. Judges, Since Sliced Bread, accessed February 13, 2008.
  5. Commissioners, Global Ocean Commission, accessed June 21, 2015.
  6. "Transcript of American Morning," CNN, May 25, 2010.
  7. George Stephanopoulos, "Carol Browner: Gulf Oil Spill is Worst in History," ABC News, May 25, 2010.

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