President Obama has found a new economic advisor in GE CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt. An proven advocate for clean energy, Immelt will run the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
Obama expects the council to focus on encouraging the private sector to help improve the job market and invest in “American competitiveness.”
Though some criticize Immelt for GE sending jobs overseas, he has repeatedly spoken out in favor of the benefits of putting a price on carbon to start an energy revolution. Immelt played an influential role in trying to get the cap-and-trade bill through Congress.
And though he’s joining the an administration that will do battle with the climate change denying Republic House, he will be in the company of other staffers like DOE Secretary Stephen Chu, EPA chief Lisa Jackson, and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton who strongly support comprehensive climate change legislation.