Shell's Angel

In case you weren’t sure that staffers in the Interior Department were on industry’s side, here’s more evidence: Ex-secretary of the Interior Gale Norton recently took a position at Shell. She’s the fifth person from the Bush administration’s Interior Department to take a job at the company, according to an article in the Guardian:

The 52-year-old's arrival is the latest in a series of controversial US appointments at the company which has been trying to increase output of carbon-intensive shale and oil sands schemes from places such as Colorado while also arguing it wants a key role in the fight against climate change.

What’s worse: Norton will focus on the legal aspects of obtaining oil from shale and oil sands—methods that can ravage the environment, leading to “global warming and greenhouse gas emissions, disturbance of mined land, disposal of spent shale, use of water resources, and impacts on air and water quality,” according to the Oil Shale and Tar Sands Leasing Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

But Norton is no stranger to projects that help industry get into previously untapped places. Some people think that she convinced President Bush to open Bristol Bay, Alaska to drilling. Whether or not this is the case, her experience in the White House is sure to give her a leg up when it comes to helping Shell weasel around the legal intricacies of mining on public lands. Wonder if that made it into her cover letter.


Let's try to reach Gale for a comment!

For the record, as a Federal employee her employment included the RECOVERY OF OIL AND GAS AND MINERALS from United States properties. Thus, your slanted enviro-washing tries to create sinister action out of nothing. She has gone to the private sector in an area of her expertise. Go home, turn on your coal fired power plant to computer energy and write something honest, for example: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE ENERGY WEAKNESS AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION OF ETHANOL.

If anyone wants to check out the reality of Shell's actions, as opposed to its advertising and PR pledges of honesty and integrity in all of its dealings, visit Wikipedia and prepare to be shocked:

Remember that Wikipedia publishes unbiased information which is subject to a verification process.

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