Earlier, we reported the premier's office was refusing to answer detailed questions about their new top climate action bureaucrat's background, except to say Graham Whitmarsh has "17 years of diverse international business experience, including five years as a chief executive officer and 12 years in senior management positions in a variety of businesses." But not all governments are so tight-lipped about their environmental advisors. For example, when California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Terry Tamminen secretary of California's Environmental Protection Agency, his administration wasn't shy about detailing Mr. Tamminen's credentials.
A news release announcing the appointment stated the new agency head "has close to 30 years experience in environmental issues and most recently served as the executive director of the Environment Now Foundation in Santa Monica, a private foundation dedicated to protecting, preserving and restoring the environment of California. Tamminen also founded Santa Monica Baykeeper and was its executive director for six years. He also co-founded Waterkeeper programs in San Diego, Orange County, Ventura and Santa Barbara...Tamminen attended CSU Northridge and the University of Queensland, Australia. His appointment requires senate confirmation. Tamminen is an Independent." Yes siree. The Campbell administration sure does know how to run the most open and accountable government in Canada.