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How The Energy Industry’s Wish List Became The Interior Department’s To-Do List

As reported by the Huffington Post, an Interior Department advisory group relied on a top energy industry lobbyist to help draft a list of potential regulatory rollbacks.

“It’s a huge concern,” said John DeCicco, a University of Michigan research professor who has worked for the environmental advocacy group Environmental Defense Fund. Under previous administrations, DeCicco said, committees like these were usually composed of scientific experts. “What it really represents is that certain powerful interests, moneyed interests, they have the ear of policymakers who are running roughshod over due process and running roughshod over important checks and balances that are supposed to be there.”