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The Associated Press reported yesterday that at the same time as Rudy Giuliani was attempting to push the new Ukrainian President to find dirt on Vice President Biden, he was also pushing on behalf of clients to get a friendlier management team of U.S. businessmen installed at the top of the ‘”massive” Ukrainian state-owned gas company, Naftogaz. Coincidentally, Energy Secretary Rick Perry was also lobbying the company to change its top management, which is why he asked President Trump to make the infamous call with President Zelensky, and also urging the company to choose new leaders from a slate of candidates that included one of Perry’s own past political donors.
Why This Matters: The Trump administration’s corrupt relationship with the oil and gas industry is laid bare by this scandal — it explains why it has been so hard to take meaningful steps to move away from fossil fuels and address the climate crisis. The AP alleges that a cabal of three Republican donor businessmen touted their connections to Giuliani and Trump while they too were trying to get the government to put new management at the top of Naftogaz. Their goal, according to AP, was to get Naftogaz to buy U.S. natural gas from suppliers controlled by Trump allies, according to two people with knowledge of their plans. The group of businessmen seeking the inside deals with Naftogaz appears also “to have had inside knowledge” of the Trump team’s plans to replace the U.S. Ambassador months before it happened. It turns out the system is rigged under President Trump and his cronies — the election system AND the energy industry are rigged in his and his friends’ favor.
Perry Claims Ignorance Of President’s Request About Biden
Perry confirmed that he asked the President to make the call to President Zelenskiy, but claimed as “God is my witness” not to know about the President’s request about dirt on the Bidens. Perry claimed to the AP that his only interest in Ukraine was to lessen the hold Russia has on the country by lessening their dependence on Russian gas, which has long been U.S. policy. Perry was the stand-in for the Vice President at the Zelensky’s inauguration after Pence canceled his planned trip, and Perry declined last week to say whether he was on the call he urged the President to make to Zelensky. According to The Washington Post’s Energy 202, Ukraine has plenty of its own natural gas supplies, but it does import a great deal of coal from the U.S., which Perry has touted in the past.
Scaling production of EVs in the U.S. will require a ramp-up in domestic battery production. Now there’s good news on that front. A battery factory in Georgia can move forward after LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation (South Korean companies), two of the world’s biggest electric vehicle battery manufacturers, settled a dispute.
Why This Matters: The dispute threatened U.S. production of EVs. SK has contracts to produce batteries for electric Ford F-150 pickup trucks and Volkswagen SUVs.
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Right now, 95% of American public school buses run on diesel fuel, but that could soon change thanks to part of the Biden administration’s massive infrastructure proposal. The new Clean Buses for Kids Program would electrify at least 20% of the country’s iconic yellow school bus fleet. It would […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In February, the governors of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware voted unanimously to ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin, but Republican-led lawsuits are seeking to stop this action. The ban prevented the natural gas industry from blasting up to 4,000 wells in the basin, serving a blow to the […]
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