As seen in The Wall Street Journal


Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Richard Glick denied taking orders from the White House when he rushed through regulations mandating climate reviews for new natural gas pipelines and liquefied natural gas terminals. Documents shared with us raise questions about that answer.

The Institute for Energy Research obtained Mr. Glick’s meeting calendar from Nov. 8, 2020, through this past April 19 via a Freedom of Information Act request. Not surprisingly, it includes many meetings with utilities, energy providers and FERC staff. But starting last September, he began holding biweekly meetings with Deputy White House National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi.

This is notable because Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy asked Mr. Glick point-blank at a hearing on March 3: “Has anyone higher up in the Administration ever spoken to you in regards to somehow slow-walking or otherwise impeding or otherwise accentuating policy that would have the effect of impeding the development of natural gas pipelines?” Mr. Glick replied, “Absolutely not.”

Recall how Mr. Glick and his two fellow Democratic commissioners in February revised FERC’s long-standing policy for permitting new pipelines and LNG exports by mandating an analysis of the direct and potentially indirect greenhouse-gas emissions from upstream fuel production and downstream consumption. This was mere days before Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine…


Read the full article here, at The Wall Street Journal

Read documents uncovered by IER’s FOIA lawsuits against FERC here.

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