Republicans vow to stop Bryson for Commerce Secretary
Winningreen Issue Alert A60311
Republicans vow to stop nomination of extremist Bryson for Commerce Secretary
By Gretchen Randall
Date: June 3, 2011
Issue: President Obama has nominated John Bryson to be the next Secretary of Commerce, giving Republicans an opportunity to demonstrate, once again, that he does not have America’s best interests at heart. John Bryson is a Yale law school graduate who was one of the founders of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a radical environmental group. He later served as CEO of Edison International, parent company of Southern California Edison, and then started BrightSource Energy which is involved in solar-thermal power.
BrightSource Energy has run into problems trying to build a facility in California’s Moajave Desert because of environmental lawsuits over the threatened desert tortoise. In addition, according to the Wall St. Journal, the project’s technology has not been used in a large scale operation. It is using “unproven” equipment and might be hit with dramatic cost overruns. But not to worry. The U.S. Department of Energy has given the company a $1.6 billion loan guarantee on top of other tax credits and subsidies.
Here’s what some opponents have said about Mr. Bryson:
Senator James Inhofe (R-OK): “John Bryson is a founder of a radical environmental organization and a member of a United Nations advisory group on climate change. Mr. Bryson once called the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill 'moderate'. This is legislation that would cost American taxpayers billions of dollars, destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs, and hurt families and workers by raising the price of gasoline and electricity. I will be working actively to defeat this nomination."
Washington Examiner editorial: “Bryson co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council, the environmental advocacy group that has relentlessly pushed litigation and regulation to suffocate private enterprise in a thousand ways. More recently, Bryson described Waxman-Markey, the most extreme version of Obama's cap-and-trade proposal, as "moderate." There is, of course, nothing moderate about using politically correct fish, lizards and birds to deprive Americans of desperately needed jobs, infrastructure and energy.”
Investor’s Business Daily: “The nominee for commerce secretary founded an anti-energy group and believes in redistribution of wealth to help poorer nations. At this rate, we'll be one of them.”
Background and links: Republicans in the Senate want the president to agree to the free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama before they will vote to confirm Bryson. Read “Secretary of Subsidy” at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303657404576359852009524680.html (Subscription required.)
Contact: Gretchen Randall