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As Laura Rozen and I have reported, it appears that President Obama is soon to name David Goldwyn, an adviser to oil companies and dictators, to a key administration post, where he will help shape American energy policy.
Goldwyn is currently the executive director of the U.S.-Turkmenistan Business Council, where he promotes closer ties to one of the world’s sole remaining Stalinist dictatorships. Last week, the Department of Energy sponsored a workshop “on Pipeline Integrity and Management…for the Government of Turkmenistan, as another step in advancing U.S.-Turkmen cooperation in the energy sector.” The workshop and a reception were “sponsored with the generous support of the US-Turkmenistan Business Council, Chevron, and ExxonMobil.”
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Trudy Lieberman reports on the failed promise of the Affordable Care Act, Sarah A. Topol explores Ukraine’s struggle for a national identity, Dave Madden spends a week in Hollywood’s toughest comedy club, and more
Number of insect fragments allowed by the FDA in a standard jar of peanut butter:
It emerged that, in trying to count her rings, marine geologists had accidentally killed a 507-year-old clam named Ming.
A resident of Chalk Level Township in Missouri discovered the bodies of three dogs packed inside dog-food bags.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”