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Sierra Daily

May 31, 2011

Impeccable Taste in Green

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Introducing him as "a business leader who understands what it takes to innovate, create jobs and to persevere through tough times," today President Barack Obama nominated John Bryson, former chairman and chief executive of California-based power company Edison International and a former board member of Boeing and the Walt Disney Company, to be his next Secretary of Commerce. The pick is enough to make pinstripe-wearers swoon from coast to coast.

But not Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe, who has vowed to block the nomination. Not only did Bryson help oversee Edison’s move to become a leading wind and solar company, but he was a member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change and co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council—which  Inhofe calls a "radical environmental organization."

Think Progress notes that NRDC’s board of trustees includes “top executives with The Gap, Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures, and Tishman Construction.”

--Reed McManus

Image: Southern California Edison. In 2008, the utility announced plans to cover 65 million square feet of commercial rooftops with 250 megawatts of solar panels, enough generating capacity to power some 162,000 homes. Must be another radical organization?

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