Carol Browner, the Obama administration's top adviser on energy and climate issues, is planning to leave the administration, news outlets reported.

The former head of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Bill Clinton was tapped by Obama two years ago to coordinate energy and climate policy in his administration. Her plan to step down was previously reported by Politico.

Browner, 55, helped to lead the White House’s unsuccessful effort to pass climate-change legislation through the Senate last year. The failure prompted the administration to move ahead with limits on greenhouse-gas emissions linked to climate change through the EPA. The regulations, which took effect Jan. 2, are opposed by various industry groups and many Republican and some Democratic lawmakers who say the rules will hurt the economy.

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