June 30, 2014
Paula Gant previously worked for the American Gas Association and Christopher Smith previously worked for Chevron's liquified natural gas trading unit. Now, both work for the Department of Energy's unit overseeing LNG applications.
Paula Gant previously worked for the American Gas Association and Christopher Smith previously worked for Chevron's liquified natural gas trading unit. Now, both work for the Department of Energy's unit overseeing LNG applications.

LNG Exports and Agency Capture: Regulators and Industry Swap Spots

Expanded natural gas exports have wide repercussions, ranging from increased costs to American consumers to greater incentives for drilling companies to use controversial fracking methods for extracting their product. As numerous reports have shown, the gas boom means more methane, a greenhouse gas that is exacerbating our climate crisis, in the atmosphere.

But the discussion in Washington has not focused on the climate and environmental impact of rapidly approving LNG export licenses, a process controlled by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Department of Energy. Instead, as Republic Report’s David Halperin outlined last week, companies that stand to …

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June 26, 2014
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U.S. Gas Exports Flow Through DC Lobbying’s Revolving Door

Even as President Obama pursues an aggressive new public effort to fight global warming by regulating U.S. power plants, his administration is quietly advancing an energy policy — exporting America’s liquid natural gas (LNG) — that may well raise the volume of climate-increasing greenhouse gases even more than emphasizing coal, while at the same time polluting U.S. communities through increased use of the controversial practice of hydraulic fracking. (The American Petroleum Institute notes that “a government-industry study found that up to 80 percent of natural gas wells drilled in the next decade will require hydraulic fracturing.”) Worse, …Continue Reading »

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June 26, 2014
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Responding to ‘Risky Business’ Report, CNBC Seeks Op-Ed on ‘Global Warming Being a Hoax’

How badly does cable news network CNBC want to deny the existence of global warming?

For a network with an embarrassing history of fudging the science around climate change, one CNBC booker apears to have made a big mistake.

Responding to the groundbreaking report “Risky Business,” a bipartisan project that compiled the many ways global warming will harm the United States economy over the next cenutry, a CNBC staffer sent an e-mail to a website that she apparently thought was connected to economist and climate contrarian Alan Carlin. In the e-mail, which has been shared with Republic Report, the …

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June 26, 2014
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Natural Gas Industry Hires Family Members of Leading Politicians

In May of last year, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, now considered the favorite to win West Virginia’s open Senate seat, stood on a small platform in Charleston, behind a row of tiny trophies in the shape of drilling rigs. She was there to congratulate the Energy Corporation of America, a major gas exploration and distribution company, on its plans to open a new building in the state capital. The company needed new space to accommodate over a hundred new employees in coming years. “I am honored to attend the groundbreaking celebration of the ECA’s new eastern headquarters,” Capito …Continue Reading »

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June 23, 2014
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Jeb Bush Denounces Obama Rule To Hold For-Profit Colleges Accountable for Burying Students in Debt

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) last week denounced President Obama’s proposed “gainful employment” rule, which is aimed at holding accountable those career education programs that take taxpayer dollars but consistently leave their students with overwhelming debt.  According to a post on Twitter by the trade association of for-profit colleges, APSCU, Bush on Wednesday told that organization’s annual convention in Las Vegas, “The new [gainful employment] regs are a sledgehammer to the entire field of higher education.”

Bush, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, has styled himself a champion of K-12 education policy reforms, and just two days earlier, Bush, addressing K-12 issues, …

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June 20, 2014
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For-Profit Corinthian Colleges On the Brink: Who’s Responsible?

Corinthian Colleges, a for-profit company that operates career training schools, is in deep trouble. Last week, the U.S. Department of Education, which has been providing Corinthian with about $1.4 billion dollars annually in student grants and loans, sent Corinthian a letter saying the company had failed to provide the Department with requested information about its operations and placing a 21-day waiting period on new federal aid after submitting student enrollment data. Yesterday, Corinthian filed a document with the Securities and Exchange Commission disclosing the education department letter and stating that if the Department does not change course, and if Corinthian cannot obtain …

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June 18, 2014
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Steve Scalise’s Network of Fossil Fuel Lobbyists Stand To Gain

Eric Cantor’s surprise defeat in the Republican primary, and subsequent decision to step down as Majority Leader, has set off a scramble within his party. Current Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is widely perceived as the next majority leader, while Reps. Peter Roskam (R-IL), Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) and Steve Scalise (R-LA) are rounding up votes to take McCarthy’s place as whip.

Though there are negligible policy differences between the candidates, particularly on energy issues, one candidate is particularly close to the fossil fuel lobby: Steve Scalise, the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a caucus of likeminded conservative members, who …

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June 16, 2014
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Senator Tim Scott Attempts to Build Support for Offshore Oil Drilling Legislation With Pictures of Windmills

How do you sell offshore oil drilling to a public that has grown skeptical after years of spills and deadly disasters?

U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) has a website promoting the four pillars of his policy agenda. On energy, the Scott site features the Southern Energy Access Jobs Act (SEA Jobs Act), which would reverse “the Obama administration’s moratorium on offshore Atlantic energy production and create one single ‘South Atlantic’ offshore energy planning area, comprised of South Carolina, North Carolina Georgia, and Virginia.” Offshore drilling lobbyists, including National Ocean Industries Association president Randall B. Luthi, have called Scott’s effort …

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