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08-26-2003, 04:41 AM
GAO Cites Corporate Shaping of Energy Plan

Mike Allen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 26, 2003; Page A01

The White House collaborated heavily with corporations in developing President Bush's energy policy but repeatedly refused to give congressional investigators details of the meetings, according to a federal report issued yesterday.

The General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress, said in the report that Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham privately discussed the formulation of Bush's policy "with chief executive officers of petroleum, electricity, nuclear, coal, chemical and natural gas companies, among others."

An energy task force, led by Vice President Cheney, relied for outside advice primarily on "petroleum, coal, nuclear, natural gas, electricity industry representatives and lobbyists," while seeking limited input from academic experts, environmentalists and policy groups, the GAO said.

The task force was one of Bush's highest priorities after his inauguration and was launched on his 10th day in office. None of the group's meetings was open to the public, and participants told GAO investigators they "could not recollect whether official rosters or minutes were kept," the report said.

Yesterday's report was the culmination of a lengthy legal battle between Congress and the Bush administration over the secrecy of government deliberations. The GAO sued in federal court for access to records of Cheney's task force, but dropped the action after a decisive court setback, followed by pressure from Republicans. The GAO said its information was incomplete because of administration intransigence. Although the Energy Department released e-mails, letters and calendars that reflected heavy input from corporations, the GAO report provided the first systematic look at the extent to which the administration relied on corporations and insisted on secrecy in developing its policy, issued in May 2001.

Among the previously disclosed meetings were private sessions for Kenneth L. Lay, then the chairman of Enron Corp., the Texas energy trading company that collapsed in the nation's largest accounting scandal. Lay was given a 30-minute meeting with Cheney and a conference with a top aide for the task force.

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08-26-2003, 09:41 AM
I guess they are trying uphold their privacy rights. There is no law that states they must provide any documentation from a privately held meeting. This is also the basis for calling it a private meeting.


08-26-2003, 10:20 AM
Well, they dont think much of your right to privacy , ie the Patriot act. I know , I know its to combat terrorism , but the fact remains , again its one rule for'us'and another for the rest.

They are denying Congress the right to examine what the Admin does on behalf of the country . They must be accountable . Otherwise they can do what they like .

Whatever way you look at it , this kind of anti-constitutional behavior is symptmatic of their attitude towards Democracy.

Its not exactly top secret information that is being asked for, but it could reveal the true colours of GW and Co.


[ Ken L again. He just keeps on popping up !]

08-26-2003, 10:22 AM
There is no law that states they must provide any documentation from a privately held meeting <hr /></blockquote>

If its got to do with the country , its not private.