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Zoi-ks!

By on 10.13.10 | 8:59AM

It seems that former Al Gore pressure group CEO Cathy Zoi has been kicked upstairs from her suspicious tenure as Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency Renewable Energy to the No. 2 position in the Department, acting Under Secretary for Energy. This move is described by the trade press as "surprising" and "unusual", for several reasons including those that do not typically accompany a promotion. But it isn't surprising for this crowd. Read on.

So Zoi takes over authority for fossil energy, something her career indicates she loathes, having worked to snuff it out. It is fair to speculate that she would not get confirmed even this year to that position (or many, if any, others), after certain revelations. Let alone next year. So maybe this is a resume-builder on her way out the door. Maybe documents responsive to my Freedom of Information Act inquiries have been identified and are being processed, after all.

You see, this move apparently constitutes the administration's adherence to ethics laws, given how some documents leaked to me show Ms. Zoi actually held on to maybe half a million dollars in "Smart Meter" stock, among other conflicts that should have been resolved just as she sold her utility stock holdings prior to taking the EERE job. After all, it is just so unseemly for a senior DoE official to hold such investments. Right? I mean, there surely is some reason she broadly divested, according to her disclosure provided me by a source who will remain anonymous. It's just that the divestiture was rather selectively applied.

And, yes, this is the same woman whose records DoE is now actively stonewalling the release of, subject to an appeal I filed last week. It seems that, despite ritual DoE claims that she recused herself from her numerous conflicts including policies currently rewarding her husband's company in response to the above-described revelations...no record of such recusals appeared in the sparse documents I obtained from DoE's designated ethics officer under the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

I also have requested her records discussing Gore, his/her former group the Alliance for Climate Protection and its affiliates, her "Smart Meter" company Landis & Gyr, Spain (documents I did obtain earlier show her involvement in the attempted smear of Spanish researchers who debunked Obama's 'green economy' claims re: that country), and addressing FOIA. And for nearly half a year DoE has been refusing to respond to my requests.

In case you were wondering if the pre-election lifting -- de jure only -- of the moratorium on offshore oil and gas exploration and production was a sign that the Obama administration is easing up on its drive to strangle America's energy supplies that work as part of an ideological agenda to force you into a more expensive, less safe, les free lifestyle. Which, their admissions and actions compiled in "Power Grab" make quite clear, is in fact their objective.

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