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Anti-oil bias?

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 4, 2009

Hello from the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, the event where oil and natural gas companies gather to see the latest technologies and discuss the state of drilling today.

Much of the conversation during the morning session focused on energy policy and whether the United States is nearing a time when policymakers will propose legislation that addresses both U.S. energy security and environmental concerns. In a panel discussion on how to improve communications about energy, panelists asked whether that's possible in the current political climate.

According to a taped speech delivered by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-AK, effective legislation can't be developed as long as the oil and natural gas industry is considered the "government's ATM machine."

That raises a question: does the administration have an anti-oil bias? Columnist Robert Samuelson thinks so. Read his column from today's Washington Post here (subscription may be required).


Jane Van Ryan was formerly senior communications manager and new media advisor at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where she wrote blog posts and produced podcasts and videos. Before coming to API, Jane managed communications for a large science and engineering corporation, and for a top-tier research and engineering university. A few years ago, you might have seen her in your living room when she delivered the news on television. Jane officially retired from API in 2011 and now freelances as an independent communications consultant when not gardening at her farm in Virginia.