Gale Norton to Shell!

Do you wonder why I am pessimistic. Look at the revolving door between government and industry:

Gale Norton is back providing oversight of energy development issues on public lands in the American West, this time as a key legal advisor for a major global oil company.

Months after she resigned her cabinet post as President Bush’s Interior Secretary—and then seemed to disappear from public view—the Coloradan apparently has accepted an offer to serve as counsel for Royal Dutch Shell PLC.

Shell, one of the world’s largest producers of oil, was also one of the companies that Norton’s Interior Department routinely engaged on matters of drilling in sensitive ecological settings.

How can you regulate a company and then go to work for them? If you were Shell, would you hire Norton if she had screwed you over?

Gale Norton Interior Secretary Royal Dutch Shell Mover Mike

2 Responses to “Gale Norton to Shell!”

  1. No, let me rephrase that. She was in a position to know how to interpret the laws to enforce ecological regulations. Couldn’t she also be in a postion, on the opposite side, to know how to get around those same regulations?

  2. If you were Shell, would you hire Norton if she had screwed you over?

    Does she have to have screwed them over, to have been doing her job?

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