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John Podesta, JD Biography

Former Counselor to President Barack Obama on Climate Change and Energy Policy
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“A comprehensive clean energy agenda is essential to the future of our country. The green recovery and infrastructure investment… would enable our country to take significant steps, through energy efficiency and renewable energy development, to move toward a low-carbon economy, while Congress and the next administration move toward the swiftest possible implementation of an economy-wide greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program.”

“Green Recovery: A New Program to Create Good Jobs and Start Building a Low-Carbon Economy,”, Sep. 9, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chair and Counselor, Center for American Progress
  • Former Chairman, 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign
  • Counselor to President Barack Obama, Climate Change and Energy Policy, Jan. 1, 2014-Feb. 13, 2015
  • Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown University
  • President and CEO, Center for American Progress (CAP), 2003-2013
  • Former co-chair, President Obama’s transition
  • White House Chief of Staff, President William J. Clinton, 1998-2001
  • Former principal, National Security Council
  • Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff, President William J. Clinton
  • Former White House Staff Secretary, President William J. Clinton
  • Counselor to Senator Thomas A. Daschel, 1995-1996
  • Chief Counsel, Senate Agriculture Committee, 1987-1988
  • Chief Minority Counsel, Senate Judiciary Subcommittees on Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks; Security and Terrorism; and Regulatory Reform, 1981-1987
  • Counsel, Majority Staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee, 1979-1981
  • JD, Gerogetown University Law Center
  • BA, Knox College
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