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August 06, 2021
The Key Climate Appointment Biden Hasn’t Announced
A Republican majority on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission impedes action on fossil fuels.
August 02, 2021
Matt Yglesias' Case Against Powell Critics Is Weak
The Biden administration’s favorite pundit deploys willful ignorance in order to chide the left.
August 02, 2021
Biden Can't Make His Mark On The Fed Board So Long As Powell Is Chair
The argument in favor of Powell ignores the simple math.
July 29, 2021
Who Would Be A Better Fed Chair Than Powell?
In the last few months, Revolving Door Project has been quite public about our opposition to renominating Jerome Powell for a second term as Chair of the Federal Reserve.
July 29, 2021 | The American Prospect
How Biden Can Profitably Piss Off Republicans
Promoting good policy can also compel the GOP to defend the indefensible.
July 23, 2021 | American Prospect
It's Big Business As Usual For Biden's Ambassadorship Picks
If Biden is emerging as an anti-monopoly president, then why is he rewarding Cohen, a fixer for one of the go-to examples of monopoly power in America? More importantly, if he hopes to redeem American democracy from Trumpism, why is Biden rewarding the political strategist for a company that does not care about basic voting rights, especially for Black people?
July 20, 2021
FERC Nominee Must Be Independent From Utilities Driving Climate Crisis And Hurting Consumers
June 30th marked the last official day of Republican Neil Chatterjee’s term as a commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Despite FERC’s obscurity, it is a critically important independent agency of the federal government that regulates the interstate transmission of oil, gas, and electricity, and reviews proposals to build gas terminals and pipelines. As of July 1st, a new commissioner nominated by President Biden and confirmed by the Senate could have stepped in, giving the five-seat board a Democratic majority. Biden has thus far failed to begin that process, so Chatterjee will remain serving an expired term until Biden appoints and the Senate confirms someone new.
July 19, 2021
Treasury Nominee Graham Steele Represents Exactly Who Should Staff The Executive Branch
Graham’s history fighting for the public against the predations of and systemic risks posed by Wall Street, and now the fossil fuel industry, speaks for itself.
July 15, 2021 | The American Prospect
To Build Back Better, Biden Needs to Promptly Staff the Department of Justice
Numerous positions are vacant, threatening progress in a host of areas.
July 13, 2021
GUEST CONTRIBUTION: What Can a New USPTO Director Do?
As of this writing, the Biden Administration has yet to announce a pick for director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. As Fatou Ndiaye has pointed out, this is likely due to behind-the-scenes tension between patent hawks in the Democratic caucus, specifically Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), and the broader progressive, reformist forces in the administration that made it possible for the United States to back a waiver on obligations under the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.
July 06, 2021 | The Daily Beast
He Repped Exxon Against the U.S. What’s He Doing on Team Biden?
Neil MacBride spent eight years leveraging his government experience to defend Big Oil, Big Pharma, and Wall Street giants. Why does Biden want him back?
June 21, 2021
Biden’s Climate Finance Convening Is Necessarily Incomplete Without Fully-Staffed Agencies
On the occasion of President Biden’s meeting with top financial regulators to discuss the health of the financial system, including climate-related risk, Revolving Door Project Executive Director Jeff Hauser issued the following statement:
June 15, 2021
Other Bold Nominees Must Follow Khan To DOJ And FTC
Lina Khan alone cannot bring in a new age of American trust-busting. Biden still has yet to name his assistant attorney general for antitrust halfway through his first year in office.
June 07, 2021 | The American Prospect
Former Corporate Lawyer Set to Lead Army Corps of Engineers as Planet Sizzles
Michael Connor of WilmerHale has been appointed to run a surprisingly important agency in efforts to mitigate the climate crisis.
June 03, 2021
Top Treasury Nominee Caught In A Cesspool Of Conflicts Of Interest
It’s hard to imagine a lawyer more conflicted on so much of the Treasury’s issue portfolio, and for such egregious reasons. A quick glance at MacBride’s own page on Davis Polk’s website is all it takes to see he cannot be trusted to act in the public’s interest.