FERC Chairman Richard Glick (D) on Thursday categorically denied taking directives or feedback from Biden administration officials on commission actions.
The remarks to reporters after the commission’s monthly open meeting came in response to questions about records of Glick’s meetings released under the Freedom of Information Act. They showed that Glick had met 13 times with Deputy National Climate Adviser Ali Zaidi between September of last year and the end of March and nine times with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm between last July and the end of March.
The Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board published an op-ed Sunday suggesting that the meetings indicate Glick had lied before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee when he denied slow-walking natural gas pipeline approvals because of administration orders.
The policies were not even discussed, Glick said. “No one provided any feedback whatsoever.”
The FOIA request was submitted by the Institute for Energy Research, which describes itself as a nonprofit that “conducts intensive research and analysis on the functions, operations and government regulation of global energy markets.” It advocates for free-market energy policy and fossil fuel use.