White House officials hear industry's pleas

Patrick Crow Energy Policies Editor Oil industry representatives said they had a productive meeting with White House officials last week regarding the industry's depression. U.S. Energy Sec. Bill Richardson arranged the meeting and moderated most of it. Twenty oil company and trade association officials met for an hour with Treasury Sec. Robert Rubin, White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, and National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling. Richardson said, "The next step will be the creation of an interagency working group on energy issues, which will be led by the National Economic Council. "This group will work to ensure these issues receive the continue...

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