Former White House chief of staff joins Joule
Only three months ago, Joule Unlimited Inc. got a visit from Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., at the company’s home site in Cambridge, Mass. During the visit, Kerry called the technology game-changing. Now, Joule has made another White House-related announcement, welcoming John Podesta, former chief of staff for Bill Clinton, to its board of directors. Podesta has more than 30 years of experience in Washington and is currently leading a national think tank he founded in 2003, known as the Center for American Progress. Labeled as an “ideal champion,” by Bill Sims, president and CEO of Joule, Podesta brings an impressive résumé to Joule.
Podesta served as the co-chair for President Barack Obama’s transition into office, coordinating a number of the administration’s agenda plans as well as helping in the formation of major cabinet secretaries and appointees. Podesta was previously counselor to former Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., as well as chief counsel on the Senate Agriculture Committee. Along with those duties, he’s worked on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittees on Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks; Security and Terrorism; and Regulatory Reform.
In a statement on his new position with Joule, Podesta said, “There is no question that clean energy innovation and adoption are among the top economic and security priorities for our nation, and it’s critical that we focus on breakthrough technologies,” adding, “particularly for liquid fuels, that can sometimes fall through the legislative cracks.” Podesta also pointed out that while he has seen many proposals by renewable energy companies, he can unequivocally say that Joule has a technology and a system unlike any other.
Joule hopes Podesta will provide expertise “in the realm of public policy as well as partnering with the public sector,” as the company continues to push for international deployment of its technology. Only four year old, Joule is developing a technology platform that utilizes converted sunlight and waste CO2 directly into liquid fuels that it say will be a renewable diesel fuel equivalent.