House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) took aim at President Obama’s recent nomination of John Bryson to the Commerce Secretary position Tuesday, calling the decision “deeply out of touch with our current energy challenge.” Issa dubbed Bryson a "green evangelist" and blasted his relationship with the National Resources Defense council—an organization cofounded by Bryson.
"With gas prices at nearly four dollars a gallon, it’s certainly eye-catching that President Obama has nominated a founder of an organization that opposes efforts to increase domestic oil production to serve as the nation’s key advocate for our economic interests," stated Issa the Hill reports.
Yet Bryson’s expertise in regards to the energy sector is anything but “out-of-touch.” Bryson’s career boasts a long list of experience in the energy sector, both as a businessman and as an advocate.
Andrew Restuccia sums up Bryson’s experience for The Hill’s E2 Wire Blog:
“John Bryson, President Obama’s nominee for Commerce Secretary, has a wealth of energy and environmental experience, heading a major power company for almost two decades and co-founding one of the country’s leading environmental groups.
Bryson served as CEO of Edison International, a California-based electric power generator, for 18 years. Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison, a major U.S. electric utility company.
Before that, Bryson spent years working on water and power issues in California, first as chairman of the California State Water Resources Control Board in the late 1970s and then as the head of the California Public Utilities Commission.
Bryson is also board chairman of BrightSource Energy, a California-based solar company.”
Additionally, Bryson currently serves as director for both Boeing and Walt Disney Co.
Senate Republicans have indicated that they will move to block Bryson’s confirmation—as they have done with other nominees—until the Obama Administration takes action in regards to three trade deals with Panama, South Korea, and Colombia.