The Biden administration has announced the new senior advisor to the president for ‘Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation,’ and their choice has raised some red flags for conservatives.
On Friday, the administration announced that they had chosen longtime Democratic operative John Podesta for the role.
Podesta — who served in both the Clinton and Obama administrations, and was the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign — has been heavily criticized for his actions during an election “war gaming” exercise in 2020 in which he played President Joe Biden and refused to concede the election to former President Donald Trump, alleged voter suppression, and pushed for California, Oregon, and Washington to secede from the union.
In his new role as a senior adviser to Biden on clean energy innovation, Podesta would be overseeing $370 billion in climate funds allocated by the so-called Inflation Reduction Act.
The 73-year-old former Clinton campaign chairman will be shaping how the federal government hands out billions of dollars in tax credits and incentives to wind and solar energy businesses, as well as to American consumers who wish to install solar panels, heat and cool their homes using electric heat pumps or purchase electric vehicles.
Podesta, alongside his positions as senior advisor to President Barack Obama and chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, also founded a left-wing think tank — the Center for American Progress. He now serves as chairman of its board, and from that position he has been informally advising the Biden administration and pushing the White House to take more aggressive actions regarding climate change.
Bringing on Podesta is just another example of Biden surrounding himself with veterans of past Democrat administrations who are able to step into these positions without requiring any training.
“We are fortunate that John Podesta will lead our continued innovation and implementation,” Biden said in a statement. “His deep roots in climate and clean energy policy and his experience at senior levels of government mean we can truly hit the ground running to take advantage of the massive clean energy opportunity in front of us.”
Podesta’s friends revealed that he had recently purchased a home in San Diego and planned to retire there before Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, approached him about the position.
Like Biden, there is evidence of corruption within Podesta’s family. His brother, Tony Podesta, was investigated during the Russia probe. After closing his lobbying firm in 2017, Tony is now back to federal lobbying — working with clients such as communist China’s telecom firm, Huawei, and nanotech manufacturer Quantum Materials Corp, according to federal disclosure reports.
Chinese tech giant Huawei paid Dem Tony Podesta $1 million for lobbying Biden White House: Report | Just The News https://t.co/XMFmre4Z0k
— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) January 24, 2022
Conservatives expressed concern regarding the appointment.
“John Podesta is going to hand out billions of dollars. What could possibly go wrong?” said Richard Grenell, former acting Director of the U.S. National Intelligence under the Trump administration.
“Corruption 101,” wrote Patrick McGuinness, former Texas GOP congressional candidate.
“Meet John Podesta. He is a veteran political operative. He is now Biden’s climate adviser.
He will manage a $370 billion climate slush fund. Meet John’s brother Tony Podesta. He was paid $500,000 by BLACKLISTED Chinese firm Huawei to lobby the Biden White House. Any questions?” CEO of Becker News Kyle Becker responded.
Meet John Podesta. He is a veteran political operative. He is now Biden's climate adviser. He will manage a $370 billion climate slush fund.
Meet John's brother Tony Podesta. He was paid $500,000 by BLACKLISTED Chinese firm Huawei to lobby the Biden White House.
Any questions? pic.twitter.com/1Mw12KFE7A
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) September 2, 2022