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Today in Obamaland


 

Ottawa and Calgary take note: Barack Obama has reportedly picked his environment/energy team. The NYT is reporting that the  Energy Secretary will be Steven Chu, the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,who is a Nobel Laureate in physics. Chu “will also play a central role in directing the research and development of alternative energy sources needed to replace fossil fuels in a era of constrained carbon emissions.” His team should be reassuring to climate change activists, and includes as its top White House climate change advisor a former EPA administrator, Carol Browner, who is described as an “acolyte of former Vice President Al Gore.” (There had been much speculation that Vancouver-born Michigan governor, Jennifer Granholm, would get the energy job.)

Also today the president-elect called on the governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, to resign for trying to sell Obama’s old senate seat to the highest bidder — or maybe it was for sullying the good name of the president elect’s mother on FBI wiretaps. Blago ignored him.

Obama also gave his first newspaper interview to the LA Times/Chicago Tribune  (a nice boost in the midst of those newspapers’ bankruptcy woes) in which he said he never spoke to Blago about the senate seat; said he expected to be sworn in as “Barack Hussein Obama” but that the use of his middle name was not a “political statement”; and answered a question — sort of — about NAFTA:

Question: Also, on NAFTA, we’ve heard that you might support maybe a study and then a report, instead of a wholesale reworking of the agreement right away?

Obama: Well look, my economic team is reviewing these issues. You know, I’ve consistently said on trade issues that I want environmental and labor provisions that are enforceable in those trade agreements. But I also have said that I believe in free trade and don’t think that we can draw a moat around the American economy. I think that would be a mistake.


 
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  1. “You know, I’ve consistently said on trade issues that I want environmental and labor provisions that are enforceable in those trade agreements.”

    Watch your back, Mr. Harper.

  2. I wonder what he has in mind for Granholm then?
    Is she one of the signatories to the North West States / Canadian Provinces agreement on Carbon credits…just too much going on at the moment to keep all these ducks lined up.
    Of course – I can see PM Harper making a statesmanlike decision between now and Jan 26th – and creating something like the EPA here in Canada – with Stephane Dion as its first chair and David Suzuki as its roving director – can’t you?
    I’m sure Jim Prentice would buy into that too…sounds like he needs a little help at the current Environment Conference – to climb out of the hole that John Baird dug for him!

  3. “Obama also gave his first newspaper interview to the LA Times/Chicago Tribune (a nice boost in the midst of those newspapers’ bankruptcy woes) in which he said he never spoke to Blago about the senate seat”

    Looks like that answer needs to be parsed a bit. Obama might not have spoken to Blago, but it looks like Rahm Emanuel is Advisor B and Jesse Jackson Jr was the co-chairman of Obama’s presidential campaign. I wonder if media will look into this corruption and how it connects with Obama or continue on with their love affair with The One.

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