So it appears that Vice President Cheney's Energy Task Force did hold secret meetings with oil companies in 2001. Early into the Bush Administration's first term, Exxon met with task force staff members on Feb. 14, 2001. On March 21, the task force met with Conoco. On April 12, task force staff members met with Conoco and the U.S. Oil and Gas Association. On April 17, task force staff members met with Royal Dutch/Shell Group. On March 22, staff members met with British Petroleum.
We don't know what's worse-- meeting only oil companies on formulating executive energy policy, meeting with them in secret, holding back critical information about the meetings and their participants, or the companies stating that they did not attend or "did not know". The executive branch must be more forthcoming about their work under the public's watch.
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Source: Washington Post