Washington plays gotcha with oil company execs

Gotcha.It’s a game they play in Washington, DC.Someone in the public spotlight says something that seems to conflict with something he or she said at some other time and possibly in some other context.Whoever notices the discrepancy and hollers “Gotcha!” first wins a candy bar.Well, not exactly. What really happens is that hearings are held, investigations are launched, and scandals are reported. That’s usually all there is to it.The game gets a lot of attention in the US Capital.Elsewhere, people shake their heads at the sickening pettiness of it all.Five oil company executives who were summoned to a Senate joint committee hearing on oil prices Nov. 9 now find the...

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