By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers
Hollywood environmental activist Ed Begley Jr. is starting to wonder if the administration is ready to take on energy and global warming. First, the star of the quirky Living With Ed, which shifts to Planet Green October 21, thinks President Obama should focus on the cap-and-trade and energy legislation in Congress. "I think he needs to turn up the heat on this," says Begley, whose show focuses on his extreme enviro lifestyle. "The big battle, the healthcare issue, I guess he's putting all his focus on that right now," he says. And Begley raises an eyebrow at the elbowing aside of former Obama green adviser Van Jones, who left after his harsh comments about Republicans hit the airwaves. "I think he's a very good man. I never found him to be divisive," Begley says of Jones. "He's a very all-inclusive guy who welcomes everybody to pull together and do good things." Still, he thinks Obama's doing well in a job he would never take. "Oh, God, that seems like the worst job in the world. I don't know how a guy as smart as Obama would want to do that. It is just amazing to me. It just seems like the worst job to have."