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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
Percentage of G.O.P. House and Senate members in an April 2006 poll who believed humans are causing climate change:
Bees can remember human faces, but only if they are tricked into thinking that we are strange flowers.
“All I saw,” said a 12-year-old neighbor of visits to the man’s house, “was just cats in little diapers.”
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