"Keystone Foe Added to Obama Inner Circle With Podesta"

"John Podesta, a vocal opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline, is returning to the White House to shore up U.S. President Barack Obama just as the administration weighs whether to approve the project."

"The Democratic Party veteran, who previously served as President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff, joins the administration as Obama’s approval ratings have fallen to all-time lows after the fumbled rollout of the health care exchanges. White House spokesman Jay Carney said yesterday that Podesta, 64, will advise on a range of issues, “with a particular focus on issues of energy and climate change.”

Podesta will recuse himself from working on Keystone given that the U.S. review of the project is far along and that his views on it are well known, according to a White House aide who asked not to be identified discussing personnel matters."

Jim Snyder and Jim Efstathiou Jr. report for Bloomberg December 11, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"John Podesta Will Recuse Himself From Keystone, White House Aide Says" (Politico)

"What Podesta’s WH Return Means for Obama’S Environmental Policy" (Washington Post)

"Keystone Backers Alarmed by John Podesta’s Move to White House" (National Journal)

"John Podesta Hire Signals a More Aggressive White House" (Politico)

"John Podesta To Formally Join Obama Inner Circle" (Washington Post)

"Can Washington Veteran Fix the White House?" (CNN)

"Podesta and the Pipeline" (New Yorker)

Source: Bloomberg, 12/11/2013