Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Bush Slutz for Fossil Energy

The White House announced the appointment of James A. Slutz to be Assistant Secretary of Energy (Fossil Energy). This is a step up for Mr. Slutz within the Bush Energy Department. His current bio states:

Jim Slutz currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas in the Office of Fossil Energy of the U.S. Department of Energy. In this position, Mr. Slutz is responsible for administering domestic and international oil and gas programs, including research and development, policy analysis, and natural gas import and export licensing.

Prior to his appointment in June 2002, Mr. Slutz served as the Director, Indiana Division of Oil and Gas, with responsibilities for overseeing oil and natural gas exploration and production, natural gas storage, and leasing of state land for exploration.

Recall the poor administration of federal production contracts, just one of the many Bush giveaways to big oil? It turns out that was the Interior Department, specifically the Minerals Management Service. Jim wasn't involved in that $10 billion, annually repeating profit boost, oopps, I mean error.

As the Bush fossil fuel chief, his last name alone is ironic. Many see the Bush/Cheney team as sluts for big oil. With all the giveaways, the Democrats could well jump on board.

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