Coal Lobbyist Jeff Holmstead Confronted by Greenpeace

By: Monday June 23, 2014 5:05 pm

f you’re a coal lobbyist like Jeff Holmstead, getting stuck in an elevator with Greenpeace activists is an inconvenient occupational hazard. It’s worse if you can’t catch a cab during an uncomfortable conversation about your work to attack pollution laws. See this K Street confrontation for yourself.

If you’ve followed the news around EPA’s proposed Clean Power Rule, which aims to reduce the U.S. power sector’s large contributions to global warming, you’ve probably seen Jeffrey Holmstead in the news. Usually, Holmstead is presented as a “partner” at Bracewell & Giuliani, and as a former EPA assistant administrator for air and radiation under George W. Bush.

This descriptor fails to present Holmstead’s current and past work as a registered lobbyist for coal companies


Hurricane Sandy and the Human Cost of Utility Deregulation

By: Wednesday October 30, 2013 2:59 pm

This week marks the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, which one year ago tore a path of destruction through much of New York and New Jersey. While media coverage will no doubt focus on the images of nature wreaking havoc on the Eastern Seaboard, we would do well to look at the very human failings that contributed to the damage and suffering inflicted by Sandy.

Market to US Nuke Builders: Forget About It

By: Friday April 29, 2011 3:31 pm

Despite Congress making nearly $20 billions in construction loan guarantees available since 2005, and the Obama Administration and Congress proposing to add up to $36 billion more, those funds are going begging for applicants, Wald reports. And the few utilities that have applied are backing off.

Massachusetts Health Insurance “Market” Just Failed, and There’s Worse to Come

By: Wednesday April 7, 2010 2:35 pm

Private health insurers in Massachusetts are threatening to withhold offers for new plans in the state’s Health insurance “Connector.” That follows a decision by the Massachusetts insurance regulator to deny most of the requests by insurers to raise their insurance premiums. We’ve seen this before, and unless the Massachusetts Governor and regulators are smarter than California’s Governor and Public Utility Commission, this is not going to turn out well.

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