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ENVIRONMENT GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE  : CLIMATE CHANGE DENIAL :

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Former Koch Agents, Fossil Fuel Industry Hired Guns
Now Staffing Trump’s Federal Agencies

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Former Koch Agents, Fossil Fuel Industry Hired Guns
Now Staffing Trump’s Federal Agencies

By Steve Horn

Friday, March 10, 2017 – 13:35

DeSmog

CLEARING THE PR POLLUTION THAT CLOUDS CLIMATE SCIENCE

https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/03/10/ trump-agency-staffers-koch-fossil-fuel-industry-employees

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/mofbg6h

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On March 8, ProPublica obtained beachhead team rosters with the names of hundreds of temporary staffers the Trump administration has installed in federal agencies, including the Department of Interior (DOI), Department of Energy (DOE), the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and others.

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A DeSmog investigation shows that this list of staffers, largely undisclosed before this week, includes former operatives allied with Koch Industries, oil and coal industry employees, a former employee of a prominent climate denial group, and an advocate for a pro-trophy hunting organization funded by oil and gas. The background and connections of these staffers may serve as a preview to potential priorities these agencies may take on related to energy, climate, and environment under Donald Trump.

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Koch and Coal Allies at Energy Department, Office of Management and Budget

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ProPublica’s reporting yielded many new, previously unreported names of those filling the ranks and making the calls at the Department of Energy.

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One of them: Doug Matheney, listed as an assistant to U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. Matheney, as first reported by E&E News, once worked as the state coordinator for the Count on Coal initiative. He also formerly worked as a coordinator for the Koch-funded front group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) in Ohio’s sixth congressional district, according to his LinkedIn profile.

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Count on Coal is an advocacy initiative supported by the National Mining Association in order to promote coal. The association registered the initiative’s website and ponied up considerable public relations funding for this allegedly grassroots campaign.

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National Mining Association showed that it paid $4 million to Weber Merritt, a Northern Virginia public affairs firm, as an independent contractor, Center for Public Integrity reported in January 2015. The services were listed as ‘Count on Coal’ in 2012, according to IRS filings.

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Count on Coal and the National Mining Association ran the website CostlyPowerPlan.com, set up in opposition to President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which would have regulated emissions from coal-fired power plants. The duo also recently came out in opposition to the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement’s Stream Rule, recently nullified by Congress and President Donald Trump, allowing coal companies to dump mining waste into U.S. streams.

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As DeSmog has previously reported, the Trump transition team was loaded with Koch-tied operatives, many from the Institute for Energy Research, a Koch-funded group which helped carve out the Trump White House’s energy policy. Mike Catanzaro, a former Koch lobbyist, serves as Trump’s top White House energy aide.

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Mark Maddox, former Assistant Secretary of Energy during the George W. Bush administration, is another coal-associated official on the roster, which E&E News first reported on January 23. While at DOE, Maddox oversaw the proposed Illinois-based FutureGen, a carbon capture and sequestration demonstration project, which in its second iteration had its DOE funding suspended in 2015.

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Maddox oversaw the development of many of the critical technologies that will be essential to controlling future green house gas emissions, reads a biography of Maddox. He also managed a $750 million budget, and high profile initiatives including the FutureGen Zero Emissions Power Plant.

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Maddox, after leaving DOE, became a lobbyist for coal company Cline Resources, petrochemical company Sasol, and the Calcasieu Refinery Company.

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Another assistant of Sec. Perry, Suzanne Jaworowski, formerly did public relations work for the Terre Haute, Indiana-based Sunrise Coal LLC, according to her LinkedIn page. Jaworowski headed up Trump’s presidential campaign in Indiana and her company called the Clean Power Plan yet another example of government overreach into an area for which there is no problem.

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The rule will cause permitting to be much more onerous for mining, it will prevent many landowners from exercising their right to lease the minerals they own and it will cost thousands of jobs  all for no measurable impact on our environment, Jaworowski said in January 2016.

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Kerrie Carr, listed as a confidential assistant for the White House Office of Management and Budget, also formerly worked for the coal industry. The OMB is a powerful White House office which, according to USA.gov, oversees the performance of federal agencies, and administers the federal budget. Carr, a former senior-level staffer for then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), now the U.S. Attorney General, worked as an analyst for Alabama Power Company.

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Alabama Power also actively opposed the Clean Power Plan. So too did its parent, Southern Company, a coal and gas giant and funder of climate change denial groups.

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Representing the oil and gas industry side at DOE these days is G. Michael Brown, listed as an executive assistant to Sec. Perry. Brown formerly worked as a market development manager for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) giant Chesapeake Energy, the second biggest producer of natural gas in the U.S. behind ExxonMobil. He also served as national political director for Republican Party presidential candidate Ben Carson, who now heads up the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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