Reminder: Why We are in Iraq & How Did We Get Where We Are Now

The National Energy Policy Development Group was a group, created by Executive Order on January 29, 2001, that was chaired by Vice President Dick Cheney. The group, commonly referred to as the “Cheney Energy Task Force,” produced a National Energy Policy report in May 2001. In a cover note to George W. Bush, Cheney wrote that “we have developed a national energy policy designed to help bring together business, government, local communities and citizens to promote dependable, affordable and environmentally sound energy for the future.” The composition of the task force, according to the report, was confined to government officials. However, according to media reports at the time, energy industry executives participated in the Task Force. In particular, those identified as having been involved included then-Enron President and Chairman Kenneth Lay and lobbyists Haley Barbour and Marc Racicot….

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