End Dirty Tricks on Clean Energy Push

John Podesta, Bracken Hendricks and Kate Gordon write for Politico about Glenn Beck and leading conservatives' attacks against former White House Council on Environmental Quality's Special Advisor for Green Jobs Van Jones.

Those of us who have worked for years to promote the transition to a new clean energy economy were deeply saddened by the recent conservative attack on Van Jones, leading ultimately to his resignation from the Council on Environmental Quality.

But we were also deeply puzzled. Glenn Beck and leading conservatives have launched a full-court press against comprehensive climate and energy legislation using rhetoric worthy of the communist witch hunts of the 1950s. Their charges of creeping socialism would be laughable if they weren’t so dangerous. In truth, fixing America’s broken energy policy offers the most pro-market, pro-business agenda put forward in recent memory.

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Bracken Hendricks

Senior Fellow

Kate Gordon

Senior Fellow