The Kavanaugh Korner – Who is he & how does he feel about resource development?

Who is Brett Kavanaugh:

  • He currently serves as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
  • He was White House Staff Secretary during the Presidency of George W. Bush.
  • Kavanaugh has been nominated to become an Associate Justice for the United States Supreme Court.
  • Born: Feb 12, 1965 (age 53) · Washington, D.C., United States
  • Education: Yale College · Yale Law School · Yale University
  • Previous office: White House Office of the Staff Secretary (2003 – 2006)

Statements from Alaska’s Senators:

Senator Murkowski: “I intend to review Judge Kavanaugh’s decisions on the bench and writings off the bench and pay careful attention to his responses to questions posed by my colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee. The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Judiciary will also review Judge Kavanaugh’s qualifications prior to these hearings and issue a rating. I intend to carefully consider that rating, the information obtained through personal meetings, my own review of Judge Kavanaugh’s qualifications and record, and the views of Alaskans in determining whether to support him. My standard for reviewing Supreme Court nominees remains rigorous and exacting,” Murkowski said in a statement.

Senator Sullivan: “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Judge Brett Kavanaugh for some time – dating back to when we worked together in the Bush administration. He is very well regarded as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals – the second most important court in the country. In that role he is known for applying the law and Constitution as written, upholding our Second Amendment rights, and having a healthy skepticism concerning the powers of federal administrative agencies. In the coming weeks, I look forward to reviewing in further depth Judge Kavanaugh’s extensive record as a D.C. Circuit judge and discussing these and other important issues with him. I expect the upcoming Senate confirmation process to be both rigorous and fair, one deserving of a Supreme Court nominee.”

From today’s Washington Examiner Daily on Energy:

KAVANAUGH SKEPTICAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS, BUT OPEN-MINDED: Kavanaugh is generally skeptical of far-reaching environmental regulations, his decisions and writing shows.

But conservatives who favor a deregulatory approach at EPA should not expect Kavanaugh to automatically vote in their favor, experts say.

Not ‘open season’: “Kavanaugh is temperamentally and philosophically skeptical about the exercise of government power, especially when agencies act expansively, and find new powers in longstanding laws,” Jody Freeman, the founding director of the Harvard Law School Environmental and Energy Law Program, told Josh.

“But I don’t think his pick means it’s open season for deregulation,” Freeman added.

Freeman said Kavanaugh would not stand for careless deregulation.

Check the record: Kavanaugh’s long record on environmental opinions shows he is “persuadable, not dogmatic” Freeman said.

But he has voted to invalidate some major EPA pollution rules in dissents and supports strong judicial oversight in reviewing the actions of administrative agencies.

Iran vows to sell as much oil as it can despite U.S. sanctions
Reuters, Reuters staff, July 10, 2018

Iranian vice president Eshaq Jahangiri acknowledged on Tuesday that U.S. sanctions would hurt the economy but promised to “sell as much oil as we can” and protect its banking system. Jahangiri said Washington was trying to stop Iran’s petrochemical, steel and copper exports, and to disrupt its ports and shipping services. “America seeks to reduce Iran’s oil sales, our vital source of income, to zero,” he said, according to Fars news agency.

‘Cooperation with oil & gas is key to floating wind’s future’
Wind, William Hurley, July 10, 2018

The decades of experience acquired by the oil industry in developing deep-water facilities could be a big boon to floating wind – if true ‘two-way’ collaboration between the sectors can be made to flourish, says William Hurley. Technology transfer from the oil & gas industry, which decades ago ventured from bottom-fixed drill rigs on jackets to immense floating platforms, will be key to speeding the migration of offshore wind into deeper water plays. This acceleration can be accomplished by adapting oil & gas experience to deep-water offshore wind to manage and reduce risk.

Our Take: It’s good to see recognition from renewable energy folks that cooperation with the oil and gas industry is necessary for their success. As we watch Governor Walker’s climate action leadership team (CALT) develop a policy for the state, we will be looking for their plans to “cooperate” with the industry.