The Corner

Another BP / Obama Connection

In response to my last post, a reader suggested that BP should stand for “Barack’s Pals.” Well, here’s another connection between the administration and the eeeevil corporation: Obama’s Undersecretary of Energy was BP’s chief scientist for four years.

That’s right, Dr. Steven E. Koonin, Undersecretary of Energy for Science, worked as BP’s chief egghead from 2004 to 2008, and was in charge of

“the long-range technology strategy of going ‘beyond petroleum’ to alternative and renewable energy sources, providing technical advice to senior executives, and managing in the firm’s university-based research programs.  Koonin played a central role in BP’s establishing the Energy Biosciences Institute at the University of California Berkeley, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.”

BP’s “beyond petroleum” initiatives were pure dissimulation, and a top Obama official was in charge of the charade.

Daniel Foster — Daniel Foster is a former news editor of National Review Online.

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