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DeSmogBlog’s Steve Horn and Republic Report’s Lee Fang have co-written an in-depth report on the influence the government-industry revolving door has had on Big Oil’s ability to obtain four liquefied natural gas (LNG) export permits since 2012 from the Obama Administration.
Titled “Natural Gas Exports: Washington’s Revolving Door Fuels Climate Threat,” the report published on DeSmogBlog and on Republic Report serves as the launching pad of an ongoing investigation. It will act as the prelude of an extensive series of articles by both websites uncovering the LNG exports influence peddling machine.
The report not only exposes the lobbying apparatus that has successfully opened the door for LNG exports, but also the PR professionals paid to sell them to the U.S. public. It also exposes those who have gone through the “reverse revolving door
,” moving from industry back to government and sometimes back again.
It reveals that many former Obama Administration officials now work as lobbyists or PR professionals on behalf of the LNG exports industry, as do many former Bush Administration officials. So too do those with ties to potential 2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.
While not working for industry, Goldwyn worked in both the Clinton and Obama Administrations.
He headed up the Obama State Department’s influential Bureau of Energy Resources and helped found its Global Shale Gas Initiative
, a global fracking missionary force of sorts. For Clinton, Goldwyn worked as an assistant secretary of energy for international affairs for the U.S. Department of Energyand in other high-level roles
– Zichal formerly served as deputy assistant to President Obama for energy and climate change, leaving the White House in October 2013.
Prior to working for Obama, Zichal worked for then-Senator John Kerry.
– Leiter is the president and founder of the lobbying firm MLStrategies, LLC
. Leiter previously served as chief of staff for then-Sen. John Kerry (D-Ma.) and as deputy assistant secretary of energy under President Bill Clinton.
–Blue State Digital and Blue Engine Media
– A key email list-keeping platform and public relations firm for the Democratic Party, respectively, both firms have done the bidding of the LNG exports industry.
After leaving the Bush Administration, Merkel and many other former Bush Administration officials founded the Texas-based LNG export company UnitedLNG, which co-owned the Main Pass Energy Hub with Freeport McMoran.
But while it still existed, Joe Davis
— former principal deputy director of public affairs and spokesman for former Bush Administration Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham and communications director and policy advisor for Abraham when he was a U.S. Senator — lobbied on behalf of the firm
– Chairman and CEO of The Abraham Group
, he formerly served as U.S. Secretary of Energy for the Bush Administration and is a former Republican Senator from Michigan.
The Abraham Group has provided crucial support for Cheniere’s lobbying efforts. Many top Abraham aides now work directly in-house lobbying for Cheniere.
This is just a tiny taste of what is in the 16-page, 5,000+ word report.
Please stay tuned for much more to come on the topic both here on DeSmogBlog and over on Republic Report
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