Former White House Environmental Aide Helping Companies Cope With Climate

Gary Guzy, former deputy director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, has joined Covington & Burling. January 2014
National Journal
Christopher Snow Hopkins
Add to Briefcase
Christopher Snow Hopkins
Jan. 8, 2014, 4 p.m.

When Gary Guzy an­nounced last month that he was step­ping down as deputy dir­ect­or of the White House Coun­cil on En­vir­on­ment­al Qual­ity (CEQ), most polit­ic­al ob­serv­ers as­sumed that the move was part of a staff re­shuff­ling.

But Guzy, who has joined Cov­ing­ton & Burl­ing, of­fers an­oth­er reas­on for his de­par­ture: the com­mit­ment of private com­pan­ies to cli­mate change, sus­tain­ab­il­ity, and clean-en­ergy trans­form­a­tion.

“Com­pan­ies in­creas­ingly take it as a giv­en that [these is­sues] will be part of their fu­ture,” he said. “Com­pan­ies are in­creas­ingly look­ing to di­ver­si­fy their fuel sources and get in­ef­fi­cien­cies out of the sys­tem.”¦ Many of them are in the midst of this trans­form­a­tion.”

The com­pan­ies Guzy has in mind are not just those that spe­cial­ize in clean-en­ergy tech­no­logy. Ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased last month by CDP, a non­profit that serves as a clear­ing­house for en­vir­on­ment­al data, all five ma­jor oil com­pan­ies have in­cor­por­ated a price on car­bon in­to their long-term busi­ness strategies.

While Guzy did not spe­cify which com­pan­ies he would ad­vise at Cov­ing­ton & Burl­ing, he did say that “en­tit­ies in this space don’t just want to un­der­stand new [en­vir­on­ment­al reg­u­la­tions]; they want to get ahead of them and make pos­it­ive con­tri­bu­tions.”

At Cov­ing­ton & Burl­ing, Guzy will work closely with E. Don­ald El­li­ott, who served as gen­er­al coun­sel to the En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency un­der Pres­id­ent George H.W. Bush.

For the 55-year-old Guzy, who sees the po­lar vor­tex as an op­por­tun­ity to go cross-coun­try ski­ing, his in­terest in en­vir­on­ment­al policy stems from his love of the out­doors. “Our nat­ur­al her­it­age is a huge part of what defines this coun­try,” he said. “En­vir­on­ment­al health and well-be­ing is a fun­da­ment­al choice this coun­try has made.”

A nat­ive of Ne­wark, N.J., Guzy holds bach­el­or’s and law de­grees from Cor­nell Uni­versity. Dur­ing the Clin­ton ad­min­is­tra­tion, he served as gen­er­al coun­sel to the EPA and as a seni­or at­tor­ney in the Justice De­part­ment’s en­vir­on­ment di­vi­sion. Be­fore join­ing CEQ, Guzy was gen­er­al coun­sel of APX, which provides re­gistry-track­ing sys­tems for car­bon and re­new­able-en­ergy cred­its.

At the White House, Guzy was in­stru­ment­al in craft­ing the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s new ef­fi­ciency stand­ards, which re­quire a fleet-wide av­er­age of about 50 miles per gal­lon for cars and light trucks by 2025.

Guzy lives in Wash­ing­ton with his wife, a fed­er­al pro­sec­utor. They have two col­lege-age chil­dren.

What We're Following See More »
TRUMP CONTINUES TO LAWYER UP
Kasowitz Out, John Dowd In
2 days ago
THE LATEST

As the Russia investigation heats up, "the role of Marc E. Kasowitz, the president’s longtime New York lawyer, will be significantly reduced. Mr. Trump liked Mr. Kasowitz’s blunt, aggressive style, but he was not a natural fit in the delicate, politically charged criminal investigation. The veteran Washington defense lawyer John Dowd will take the lead in representing Mr. Trump for the Russia inquiry."

Source:
ALSO INQUIRES ABOUT PARDON POWER
Trump Looking to Discredit Mueller
2 days ago
THE LATEST

President Trump's attorneys are "actively compiling a list of Mueller’s alleged potential conflicts of interest, which they say could serve as a way to stymie his work." They plan to argued that Mueller is going outside the scope of his investigation, in inquiring into Trump's finances. They're also playing small ball, highlighting "donations to Democrats by some of" Mueller's team, and "an allegation that Mueller and Trump National Golf Club in Northern Virginia had a dispute over membership fees when Mueller resigned as a member in 2011." Trump is said to be incensed that Mueller may see his tax returns, and has been asking about his power to pardon his family members.

Source:
INCLUDES NY PROBE INTO MANAFORT
Why Yes, Mueller Is Looking into Trump Businesses
2 days ago
THE LATEST

In addition to ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, Robert Mueller's team is also "examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe. FBI investigators and others are looking at Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development in New York with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008, the person said. The investigation also has absorbed a money-laundering probe begun by federal prosecutors in New York into Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort."

Source:
Mueller Expands Probe to Trump Business Transactions
2 days ago
THE DETAILS

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team is "is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates", including "Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008."

Source:
ANALYSIS FROM CBO
32 Million More Uninsured by 2026 if Obamacare Repealed
2 days ago
THE LATEST

"A Senate bill to gut Obamacare would increase the number of uninsured people by 32 million and double premiums on Obamacare's exchanges by 2026, according to an analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The analysis is of a bill that passed Congress in 2015 that would repeal Obamacare's taxes and some of the mandates. Republicans intend to leave Obamacare in place for two years while a replacement is crafted and implemented."

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login