ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

CAPE WIND: FIRST OF THE NEW ENERGY SCAMS

Updated on June 9, 2010

Randall Luthi New head of offshore Industry Group

For years it has been common for people to progress from working at the Department of Interior's Minerals Management Service to private companies which they used to regulate. It is a cozy way of receiving first rate training in how to beat the system - work for the regulator for a few years with good pay and those great government benefits and then jump to the private side with all that priceless knowledge. In fact, a good way to start in the private sector fairly high up the ladder is to be overtly helpful to one or two particular companies as they apply for, say, offshore drilling permits or timber leases on public lands. By showing good grace and a helpful attituide one can enhance chances of landing a really good job with.......perhaps even one of those very companies.

MAGIC!

This unofficial traing/recruiting system has operated successfully since the Reagan administration formed MMS in 1982. Oh sure, the nay-sayers in Congress and private watchdog groups have griped about it, but then jealousy is everywhere. Some people thrive on negativity. And besides, have there been any serious environmental problems under the guidance of MMS? Vast oil spills with no oil spill response plan in place?

There have been constant claims that MMS is more likely an arm of the industries it is supposed to regulate than an actual government agency. But, do we place too much emphasis on the need for objectivity in our federal regulatory agencies? Does every energy project application have to be reviewed at arm's length? Surely the industry being regulated has the best experts already at work protecting our environment and economy.

Now we see once agian that MMS employees, even very high ranking ones, do have a meaningful future after the cruel reality of a change in White House administrations costs them their jobs. On March 1 of this year Randal B. Luthi, the director of MMS from 2007 through 2009 assumed the position of president of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA). This is an industry group of more than 250 companies enegaged largely in offshore energy projects. Cape Wind Associates, LLC is a member. Probably just a coincidence.

Prior to heading MMS Luthi had been the deputy head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service where the science submitted to MMS about Cape Wind's potential impacts on wildlife was changed and the career of the man who wrote the original comments was destroyed. Indeed, Randall Luthi appears to be the just the man for this very important new job. His experience at MMS will doubtless be of great assistance as NOIA's members strive to cut red tape and receive permits for offshore energy projects such as oil and gas drilling and large wind farms.


Copyright 2010 By Peter A. Kenney

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)