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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.
President Trump trumpeted his trade deal with China, but so far it has been a bust, according to The Wall Street Journal — the Chinese have not purchased nearly the amount of energy (in terms of total dollars) as they promised — only $2B in oil and gas purchases against a commitment of $25B for this year.
A federal judge in Washington, DC ruled yesterday that the Dakota Access Pipeline must shut down and empty all its oil until the government completes an environmental review of the pipeline’s impacts, giving the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation lies downstream, a huge victory. Similarly, late in the day, the Supreme Court refused to overturn the order of a district judge that shut down construction of parts of the Keystone XL pipeline so it is also blocked for now.
Why It Matters: The Dakota and Keystone XL news is greatly tempered by the fact that numerous other pipeline projects can go ahead despite their inadequate permit unless they are individually challenged in court and blocked.
Yesterday, Dominion Energy and its partner, Duke Energy, announced they were ending a 600-mile natural gas project that would have cost at least $8 billion to complete. As the Richmond Times-Dispatch wrote, Dominion and Duke canceled the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in the face of mounting regulatory uncertainty caused by a federal court […]
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