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Did J. Loven Use AP to Bolster Clinton Biofuel Projects Coordinated by husband Roger Ballentine?
AP Archives and LexisNexis ^ | 09/26/2004 | Whitman

Posted on 09/25/2004 10:48:08 PM PDT by timbuck2

January 13, 2000; Thursday 5:34 PM Eastern Time

SECTION: Washington - general news

LENGTH: 397 words

HEADLINE: Clinton Wants Biofuel Production

BYLINE: JENNIFER LOVEN

DATELINE: WASHINGTON

BODY: Aiming to replace fossil fuels with cleaner, renewable energy sources, President Clinton is proposing to more than double federal spending on efforts to turn corn husks, chicken droppings and other waste into power for cars and buildings, White House officials said Thursday.

In his fiscal 2001 budget request to Congress next month, Clinton will ask for $439 million to fund research and grants to aid the production of ''bioenergy'' and other products such as plastics and chemicals created from agricultural waste.

That is $243 million more than the $196 million Congress approved for similar efforts in the current year, said Paul Bledsoe, spokesman for the White House Climate Change Task Force.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: ap; ballentine; bioenergy; biomass; clinton; greenstrategies; loven
Are there dots to connect here? When did Roger Ballentine end his duties as chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force and found Green Strategies, Inc? Why was Roger Ballentine's wife ( AP reporter Jennifer Loven)writing stories about programs that her husband likely promoted? Did he later make money on these same biomass programs in his capacity as a consultant? Does Ballentine's company Green Strategies, Inc. receive federal funds?

-T

1 posted on 09/25/2004 10:48:10 PM PDT by timbuck2
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Her eis the full article available on LexisNexis and on AP Archives.

January 13, 2000; Thursday 5:34 PM Eastern Time

SECTION: Washington - general news

LENGTH: 397 words

HEADLINE: Clinton Wants Biofuel Production

BYLINE: JENNIFER LOVEN


DATELINE: WASHINGTON

BODY:
Aiming to replace fossil fuels with cleaner, renewable energy sources, President Clinton is proposing to more than double federal spending on efforts to turn corn husks, chicken droppings and other waste into power for cars and buildings, White House officials said Thursday.

In his fiscal 2001 budget request to Congress next month, Clinton will ask for $439 million to fund research and grants to aid the production of ''bioenergy'' and other products such as plastics and chemicals created from agricultural waste.

That is $243 million more than the $196 million Congress approved for similar efforts in the current year, said Paul Bledsoe, spokesman for the White House Climate Change Task Force.

The administration hopes to boost the commercial viability of alternative fuels such as ethanol toward the president's goal, set in August, of tripling bio-based energy use by 2010. The key is producing the fuel from agricultural waste or specialty crops such as switchgrass in addition to using grain, such as the corn kernels from which ethanol is primarily made now.

The administration also envisions the use of such waste as an energy source itself, without conversion into a liquid gasoline additive.

Supporters say there are four key benefits: reducing dirty emissions that contribute to global warming; turning waste into marketable products; lowering American dependence on foreign oil; and boosting the struggling farm economy with a new income stream.

''These technologies allow us to use the whole plant, and that is the huge breakthrough,'' Bledsoe said. ''What were formerly known as waste products now have significant market value.''

Biomass energy, generated mostly from lumberyard waste, is currently about 3 percent of the total U.S. energy supply.

A spokesman for GOP Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said new congressional authority may be needed for some of what Clinton wants to do. Still, he welcomed the president's commitment to the promotion of bioenergy.

''There have been major breakthroughs in the technology,'' Andy Fisher said. ''So this is sort of the right time to strike.''

Lugar has his own legislation promoting ''biomass'' development that would authorize $300 million over six years for research. Approved in the Senate, it has received a cooler reception in the House.

LOAD-DATE: January 13, 2000


2 posted on 09/25/2004 10:49:23 PM PDT by timbuck2 ("The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts." -Edmund Burke)
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March 19, 2004 Friday

EDITION: THE WEEK AHEAD

LENGTH: 101 words

EVENT: FORUM - PROGRESSIVE POLICY INSTITUTE (PPI)

SUBJECT: Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) holds a forum on "Kicking America's Oil Habit with Clean Cars."

LOCATION: PPI, 600 Pennsylvania Institute SE, Washington, D.C. -- March 19, 2004

PARTICIPANTS: Greg Dana, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers; Dan Lashof, Natural Resources Defense Council; Roger Ballentine, Green Strategies, Inc. and Jan Mazurek, PPI

CONTACT: 202-547-0001; http://www.ppionline.org

LOAD-DATE: March 14, 2004


3 posted on 09/25/2004 10:53:02 PM PDT by timbuck2 ("The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts." -Edmund Burke)
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Roger Ballentine's Resume from his consulting company's website.

http://www.greenstrategies.com/aboutUs/cv_BALLENTINE.html


CURRENT POSITION
Green Strategies Inc. Washington, D.C., President.

PRIOR PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
The White House. Washington, D.C., Chairman, White House Climate Change Task Force, and Deputy Assistant to the President for Environmental Initiatives. 1999 - 2001.

Headed new White House policy office with responsibilities of managing and developing Administration policy on climate change and of directing Administration strategy on its top land conservation initiative.

Reported directly to the President.

Managed and directed staff of professionals detailed to Task Force from agencies.

Participated at highest levels in Administration policymaking.

Represented the President and the White House in multilateral and bilateral negotiations and consultations around the world.

Presented Administration views to non-governmental and private sector business organizations and entities, often as keynote or featured speaker.

Coordinated and resolved inter-agency disputes over energy, air and land conservation policy.

Conducted outreach and consultation with industry, non-governmental organizations, the Congress and State and local governments.

The White House. Washington, D.C., Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. 1998 -- 1999.
Liaison between The White House and Congress.
Advised White House and Administration policymakers on legislative strategy.
Focused on environmental and energy issues.

Patton, Boggs, L.L.P. Washington, D.C., Partner (1995-1998), Associate (1988-1994).
Legal practice specializing in public policy advocacy, election and campaign finance law, congressional rules and procedures, non-profit law, and congressional investigations.
Provided strategic and political consulting to non-profit and for-profit clients.

U.S. House of Representatives. Washington, D.C., Special Counsel. 1997 - 1998.
Served as outside counsel to Democratic leadership for handling of election challenge.

Clinton-Gore '96. Washington, D.C., Fundraiser on National Finance Staff.
Extensive fundraising activities, working with Finance Director Terence McAuliffe, including fundraising from individuals, associations and corporations.
Georgetown University Law Center. Washington, D.C., Adjunct Professor of Law. 1993- 1995.

Taught course on the law of the political process, including voting rights, political speech, campaign finance and the legislative process.

EDUCATION
Harvard Law School. J.D. Cum Laude; Member, Board of Student Advisors.

University of Connecticut. B.A. Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa, Honors Scholar, Paul A. Taylor Economics Prize, Louis D. Traurig Economics Scholarship.
RELATED SPEAKING AND WRITING EXPERIENCE
Extensive public speaking experience domestically and abroad on topics of energy policy, the environment, law, and politics; included frequent appearances as television commentator on national network/cable programs in the U.S., as well as numerous appearances on European television and radio.
Published articles on same topics in trade journals and news periodicals. Author, "How to Save Kyoto", Opinion-Editorial Page, The Washington Post, July 3, 2001.
BOARDS AND BAR MEMBERSHIPS
Member of the Connecticut, District of Columbia, and United States Supreme Court bars.
Board Member, Solar Electric Light Fund.
Board Member, American Bird Conservancy.
Board Member, American Council for Renewable Energy.
Senior Fellow, Progressive Policy Institute


4 posted on 09/25/2004 11:03:12 PM PDT by timbuck2 ("The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts." -Edmund Burke)
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His resume and recent contributions to Dems would indicate extensive involvement in partisan politics. His resume states:

White House Climate Change Task Force, and Deputy Assistant to the President for Environmental Initiatives. 1999 - 2001.

So, his wife was writing AP stories on his intiatives? Is that ethical?

-T


5 posted on 09/25/2004 11:07:54 PM PDT by timbuck2 ("The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts." -Edmund Burke)
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Didn't you know that media people, since they are the smartest people in the world - make the decisions for all of us about what is or what is not ethical?


6 posted on 09/25/2004 11:19:15 PM PDT by line drive to right
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***Here Jeff Seabright, who is a colleague from Green Strategies, Inc. Apparently, he also worked for Clinton on the task force.

Executive Office of the President, Washington, DC
Executive Director, White House Task Force on Climate Change, June 1999 - May 2000
Led an inter-agency staff of ten at the White House in formulating Administration policy and programs to address global climate change, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation, Department of State, Department of Agriculture and others.
Worked closely with White House agencies and Cabinet departments in directing budget and policy coordination.
Managed White House outreach to industry on sectoral impacts of climate policies and oversaw Administration communications efforts on climate issues. Senior member of the U.S. negotiating team at U.N. climate change meetings.

***Donations

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7 posted on 09/25/2004 11:20:43 PM PDT by timbuck2 ("The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts." -Edmund Burke)
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Yeah, but there's plenty of blame to go around.

A classic example of, in Reagan's words, Washinton subsidizing problems, not solving them.

8 posted on 09/25/2004 11:24:18 PM PDT by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them, or they like us?)
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Just bloggers at work...sitting in our pajamas...drinking thick black Colombian coffee...looking at the dots....and quietly connecting them. We don't get paid for it...we don't get any company stock...we don't get recognized by bigwig foundations...and we don't even get appreciation until after the big guys admit we are right. Why would we waste our time in these pursuits? Simply the idea of fixing a wrong...and knowing that if we don't do it...no one else will.
9 posted on 09/25/2004 11:32:14 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: line drive to right

Here is another Loven piece that might benefit her husband's line of work tremendously...

September 8, 2000, Friday, BC cycle

SECTION: Business News; Washington Dateline

LENGTH: 762 words

HEADLINE: Senate panel approves MTBE ban, but resolution this year unlikely

BYLINE: By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer

DATELINE: WASHINGTON

BODY:
...The EPA is seeking to outlaw MTBE. But the regulatory process could take three years, prompting Congress to step in.

The heated debate over a clean-fuel replacement for MTBE has resulted in a proliferation of bills on Capitol Hill. No bills have made it out of committee in the House.

Smith's bill would allow states to lift the oxygenate requirement. In its place, he proposes a new mandate that the amount of all fuel sold in the country coming from renewable sources nearly triple over the next 10 years to 1.5 percent. Corn-based ethanol or biomass-based fuels would qualify, but refiners could also get credits from the sale of clean vehicles powered by electricity, natural gas or fuel cells.

The legislation would cap the amount of toxic aromatic compounds, such as benzene and xylene, allowed in gasoline and safeguard against a drop in air or water quality.

The bill largely mirrors the Clinton administration's favored approach and EPA chief Carol Browner applauded the committee's product. "Action by Congress clearly is the best and fastest way to address this threat," Browner said.

Ethanol appears in the best position to meet all the requirements, and industry boosters were thus delighted. "It's huge," said Eric Vaughn, president of the Renewable Fuels Association. "One of the committees least positive toward ethanol made it clear they want to triple the size of the ethanol industry..."

-T


10 posted on 09/25/2004 11:35:38 PM PDT by timbuck2 ("The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts." -Edmund Burke)
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Here is a client list from Green Strategies, Inc. website. I guess somebody should see if Jennifer Loven is using the AP to boost their visibility...

-T

http://www.greenstrategies.com/clients/clients.html

Some of our past and current clients include:
The Alliance to Save Energy
Arctic Resources Inc.
Arid Technologies
Blacklight Power Inc.
The CEO Coalition to Advance Sustainable Technology
ChevronTexaco
ChevronTexaco Technology Ventures
The Coca Cola Company
The Conference Board
Citizens International
Energy Conversion Devices
The Energy Foundation
The Environmental Protection Agency
The IGCC Coalition
Ethanol de Costa Rica
Lighting Controls, Inc.
Methanex
The National Wildlife Federation
Northern Power Systems
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Puradyn Filter Technologies
SAIC
The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Patnership
The United Nations Foundation


11 posted on 09/25/2004 11:38:41 PM PDT by timbuck2 ("The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts." -Edmund Burke)
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To: pepsionice

I need to buy some pajamas.


12 posted on 09/25/2004 11:42:51 PM PDT by timbuck2 ("The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts." -Edmund Burke)
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***Jennifer Loven just cannot get enough of this bio-mass stuff. Why is that? Just a personal interest? Was she covering energy policy for the AP in 1999?

The Associated Press State & Local Wire

September 9, 1999, Thursday, PM cycle

SECTION: State and Regional

LENGTH: 314 words

HEADLINE: Ewing to lead the charge in House for "biomass" development

BYLINE: By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer

DATELINE: WASHINGTON

BODY:
Illinois Republican Rep. Tom Ewing wants the House to boost federal spending on researching ways to turn trees, plants and even animal waste into fuel.

The proposal, backed by the Clinton administration, is portrayed by supporters as a way to reduce the nation's dependence on volatile foreign energy markets, and a crucial strike against global warming. Farm-state senators hoping to boost farm incomes are behind it as well.

House Republicans have been slow to endorse the idea. But Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., the lead Senate author and chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, asked Ewing to get involved, Ewing spokesman Mike Waldron said.

Ewing planned to introduce the bill today. Lugar's committee passed it in July.

"As the world population is growing, so is the need for a balance between maintaining a healthy environment and affordable power," Ewing said today. "The short-term investment of these research dollars will produce numerous benefits in the long term."

Ewing estimated the use of biomass-based fuel could add $ 30 in revenue per acre for corn farmers.

The legislation would authorize $ 300 million over six years for research into the technology needed to make the new fuels work. The Senate committee also voted, over Lugar's objections, to earmark $ 14 million of the funds for a proposed plant at Southern Illinois University's Edwardswille campus dedicated to making ethanol more cheaply.

The biomass industry is dedicated to finding more efficient ways of using trees, plants and other renewable sources - corn stalks or chicken droppings, for example - to fuel cars, light homes, and propel planes. Advances in this area could reduce emissions that are hazardous to the environment and also provide a multibillion dollar industry for loggers, chemical companies and the nation's farmers.

Reducing the U.S. oil demand is an added plus.

LOAD-DATE: September 9, 1999


13 posted on 09/25/2004 11:47:19 PM PDT by timbuck2 ("The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts." -Edmund Burke)
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***Longer version of article posted above...

-T

September 9, 1999, Thursday, AM cycle

SECTION: State and Regional

LENGTH: 357 words

HEADLINE: Ewing to lead the charge in House for "biomass" development

BYLINE: By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer

DATELINE: WASHINGTON

BODY:
Rep. Tom Ewing, R-Ill., on Thursday became the House's lead booster of an idea being pushed by the Clinton administration and farm-state senators as a way to help clean the environment, augment farm income and reduce American dependence on foreign oil.

The measure Ewing introduced would provide federal dollars to research how to turn "biomass" such as trees, corn husks and even chicken droppings into fuel for cars.

House Republicans have been slow to endorse the measure. But Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., the lead Senate author and chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, asked Ewing to get involved, Ewing spokesman Mike Waldron said.

Lugar's committee passed the bill in July.

"As the world population is growing, so is the need for a balance between maintaining a healthy environment and affordable power," Ewing said. "The short-term investment of these research dollars will produce numerous benefits in the long term."

Ewing, of Pontiac, estimated the use of biomass-based fuel could add $ 30 in revenue per acre for corn farmers, who now have no market for their product's stalks, leaves and husks - only its starchy kernel.

The legislation would authorize $ 300 million over six years for research into the technology needed to make the new fuels, and make them work. The Senate committee also voted, over Lugar's objections, to earmark $ 14 million of the funds for a proposed plant at Southern Illinois University's Edwardswille campus dedicated to making ethanol more cheaply.

Ethanol now is made from corn kernels, so some of the research would go toward how to produce it from other parts of the plant.

The biomass industry is dedicated to finding more efficient ways of using trees, plants and other renewable sources to fuel cars, light homes, and propel planes.

Advances in this area could reduce emissions that are hazardous to the environment, thus striking a crucial blow against global warming. It also could provide a multibillion dollar industry for loggers and chemical companies.

Reducing U.S. oil demand, and thus the nation's dependance on volatile foreign energy markets, is an added plus.

LOAD-DATE: September 9, 1999


14 posted on 09/25/2004 11:49:13 PM PDT by timbuck2 ("The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts." -Edmund Burke)
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I am beginning to sense there is a certain symbiotic relationship here...

Let's see. Loven writes incessantly about fuel additives. Her husband's colleague, Jeff Seabright, from both the Clinton Administration and Green Strategies, worked for Chevron Texaco and it just so happens that they produced just the kind of additive Loven mentions in the following article...

July 28, 1999, Wednesday, PM cycle

SECTION: State and Regional

LENGTH: 644 words

HEADLINE: Gas additive phase-out not expected to hit drivers too hard

BYLINE: By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer

DATELINE: WASHINGTON

BODY:
Energy experts cautiously predict that Americans are unlikely to see much higher gasoline prices because of the Environmental Protection Agency's wish to curtail use of a common fuel additive.


...

Another possible alternative is a blend of alkalytes and aromatics, which are derived from crude oil, though neither is an oxygenate. Aromatics are slightly less expensive than ethanol, but pose risks of increased toxic emissions. Alkalytes, though clean burning, are low-octane and would require pricey capital investment.

Here is a Chevron June 1997 press release.

http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=105&STORY=/www/story/6-17-97/259127


Chevron Chemical to Build World-Scale Aromatics Plant in Thailand


SAN RAMON, Calif., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Chevron Chemical Co. today
announced it has entered into a 60-40 joint-venture agreement with the
Petroleum Authority of Thailand (PTT) to proceed with engineering for a
world-scale aromatics facility in Map Ta Phut, Thailand.
Total investment for the facility -- which would begin production in the
year 2000 -- is estimated at $1 billion. It would produce annually
675,000 tons of paraxylene and 600,000 tons of benzene.
The Thai Cabinet approved PTT's 40 percent participation in the project.
The new complex will be located in the Star Petroleum Refinery Complex (SPRC).
SPRC is a joint venture between PTT and Caltex, a Chevron affiliate.
The facility will produce paraxylene and benzene utilizing Chevron's and
Institut Francais du Petrole (IFP) Eluxyl(R) and Chevron's Aromax(R)
technologies. Paraxylene is a petrochemical feedstock used in the manufacture
of polyester fibers, plastic bottles and film. Benzene is a petrochemical
feedstock used in the manufacture of plastics, carpets, automotive parts, and
building materials.
"This plant is part of our strategy to combine Aromax(R) technology for
benzene and Eluxyl(R) technology for paraxylene and expand aggressively in the
Asia Pacific region, an area that will have the highest demand growth for
these chemicals over the next decade," said Chevron Chemical Senior Vice
President Darry Callahan.
PTT's Dr. Viroj Mavichak, executive director petrochemical sector group
stated, "This project will provide more than 200 long-term jobs for Thailand
and provide several thousand jobs during construction. It also supports PTT's
strategy to grow the petrochemical business in Thailand."
Headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., Chevron Chemical is a wholly owned
subsidiary of San Francisco-based Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CHV).



SOURCE Chevron Corp.


15 posted on 09/26/2004 12:19:38 AM PDT by timbuck2 ("The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts." -Edmund Burke)
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Okay, so Jeff Seabright left the Clinton administration in May of 2000 to work for ChevronTexaco, Inc. ChevronTexaco, Inc. happens to make fuel additives. It also happens ot be a client of Green Strategies, Inc. founded by Loven's husband. Loven rights tons of articles about the outlawing of MBTE and the need for a substitute technology... Hmmmm...

http://www.greenstrategies.com/aboutUs/bioSeabright.html

Jeff Seabright serves as Director of Green Strategies. Jeff joined the U.S. State Department in 1981 on special assignment to NATO. Following positions in the offices of Sen. John Rockefeller in 1985 and Tim Wirth in 1988, he accepted a position with the Agency for International Development in 1993, later serving as its Director of Energy, Environment & Technology. He moved to the White House in 1999 as Executive Director of the Climate Change Task Force and subsequently joined Texaco as Vice President for Policy Planning. Reporting directly to the Chairman, he had overall responsibility for key areas of public policy and corporate governance, including sustainable development, human rights and corporate social responsibility.



With the merger of Chevron and Texaco, Mr. Seabright led the enterprise-wide planning effort on corporate social responsibility and sustainable development. He currently is a partner with Green Strategies, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm focused on energy and environmental issues. He earned a Master's degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and serves on the Boards of the Keystone Center, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Houston Advanced Research Center.

http://www.greenstrategies.com/aboutUs/cv_SEABRIGHT.html

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:
ChevronTexaco, Inc., San Francisco, CA
Principal Adviser, Corporate Social Responsibility, October 2001 - Present
Responsible for leading multi-disciplinary, enterprise-wide strategy review of corporate social responsibility and sustainable development policies for the corporation.
Lead executive for corporate representation on corporate responsibility and sustainable development issues with external stakeholders, including NGOs, governments, trade associations, and peers and competitors.
Responsible for corporate planning and participation in the World Summit on Sustainable Development
Texaco, Inc., White Plains, NY
Vice President, Policy Planning, May 2000 - October 2001
Reporting directly to the Chairman and CEO of a Fortune 100 company, responsible for establishing corporate policies on key environmental, public policy and governance issues, including climate change, security, human rights, and sustainable development.
Work closely with business units to assure alignment of corporate policy with business practices, including training programs, and with Communications and Investor Relations to benefit image and reputation/shareholder value on sensitive public policy issues.
Serve as Chair of "Global Issues Council" of senior executives responsible for identifying and analyzing key issues impacting the corporation. Member of senior executive "Operations Council" tasked with operational excellence in safety, security and performance.
Led transition planning team on Corporate Social Responsibility for ChevronTexaco.
Executive Office of the President, Washington, DC
Executive Director, White House Task Force on Climate Change, June 1999 - May 2000
Led an inter-agency staff of ten at the White House in formulating Administration policy and programs to address global climate change, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation, Department of State, Department of Agriculture and others.
Worked closely with White House agencies and Cabinet departments in directing budget and policy coordination.
Managed White House outreach to industry on sectoral impacts of climate policies and oversaw Administration communications efforts on climate issues. Senior member of the U.S. negotiating team at U.N. climate change meetings.
U.S. Agency for International Development, Washington, DC
Director, Office of Energy, Environment & Technology, November 1994 - June 1999
Directed U.S. government programs in energy and environment in Asia, Africa and Latin America with a Washington-based staff of 24 employees.
Managed environmental programs in over 20 countries, providing technical, policy, legal, financial and regulatory assistance to a wide range of public and private partners.
Designed a U.S. $1 billion environmental five -year program announced at the United Nations. Served as Co-chair of the Environmental Technology Export Initiative.


16 posted on 09/26/2004 12:38:48 AM PDT by timbuck2 ("The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts." -Edmund Burke)
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http://www.hillnews.com/lobbying/012203.aspx

LOBBYING WORLD

• Green Strategies Inc., the energy and conservation consulting firm founded in 2001 by former Clinton White House advisor Roger Ballentine, has added two new consultants to its roster. Jeff Seabright, who worked with Ballentine on the White House Climate Change Task Force, was named managing director, and Genevieve Cullen was named senior vice president for government affairs.
Seabright joins the firm after a stint as vice president for policy planning at Texaco. Cullen comes from Capitol Hill, where she served as energy counsel in the office of Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.).


17 posted on 09/26/2004 12:55:52 AM PDT by timbuck2 ("The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts." -Edmund Burke)
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Again, I am not an expert, but is it ethical for a journalist to be writing about the companies with which her husband dealt while a member of government and then in his capacity as a paid consultant? Seems a bit odd to me. It would appear Jennifer Loven has used her husband or his associates as sources for dozens of her AP stories over the years. Is this not a conflict of interest? Can somebody from the journalism world help me out on this one?

-T


18 posted on 09/26/2004 1:19:46 AM PDT by timbuck2 ("The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts." -Edmund Burke)
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It's pretty obvious why she didn't take her husband's name--it would give to much away.

Nice work rounding all this stuff up, btw; further evidence that the internet is going to be the death of the left-wing dinosaur MSM outlets.

As for the ethics, I wouldn't have a problem with her reporting on stuff like this, but she should disclose the facts that give rise to a potential bias. The problem here is the extent to which she and the AP went to cloak who she was.


19 posted on 09/26/2004 1:28:42 AM PDT by CalRepublican
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Great work. I'm not an expert either, but it sure smells unethical to me. How does a "reputable" news organization let stuff like this go on unabated? Someone here will be able to give you a definite answer on the ethics question.


20 posted on 09/26/2004 1:29:53 AM PDT by Tom_Busch (Vote Bush/Cheney in 2004)
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To email AP...

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info@ap.org


21 posted on 09/26/2004 1:36:05 AM PDT by kcvl
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In this piece, she lauds the careers of two retiring Illinois Republicans who have (surprise!)had a falling out with GOP leadership and the GOP in particular. She also gets into ethanol and agribusiness again.Gets stranger by the minute. There is something fishy about her husband's work, MBTE, ethanol, Jeff Seabright's connection to Chevron and how it all ties into her reporting...

December 31, 2000, Sunday, BC cycle

SECTION: State and Regional

LENGTH: 919 words

HEADLINE: Porter, Ewing leave mark on Congress they're departing

BYLINE: By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer

DATELINE: WASHINGTON


"...Porter, part of a dwindling band of GOP moderates, has a repuation as a deficit hawk who spent 21 years in Congress fighting his party on gun control, abortion, environmental regulations and other issues.

Porter, a North Shore native and son of an Evanston judge, was a Justice Department attorney in the early 1960s before returning to Illinois and private law practice. He served in the Illinois House from 1972 to 1979. After narrowly losing a 1978 challenge to former Democratic Rep. Abner Mikva, Porter won a 1980 special election when Mikva was appointed to the federal bench.

Ten terms later, Porter departs as head of the Appropriations subcommittee overseeing spending on education, social, health and labor programs.

He used his post to fight for funding for biomedical research, public broadcasting and global family planning. He often fought for additional federal gun control and robust environmental protections.

And he helped found the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, frequently denouncing Turkey and Iran for persecution of Armenians and Kurds, and China for numerous human rights abuses. His wife, Kathryn, collaborated with him on those issues.

Porter said stand-out moments include doubling funding for the National Institutes of Health, a barely unsuccessful effort to stop a new U.S. chemical weapons program, and a dramatic increase in money for Radio Free Asia..."

..."In 1991, former GOP Rep. Edward Madigan left his seat to become Agriculture Secretary and Ewing won a special election to replace him. In 1995, when Republicans assumed control of the House, Ewing became chairman of the Agriculture subcommittee with jurisdiction over commodity futures, crop insurance and specialty crops like tobacco, sugar and peanuts.

He has been a staunch supporter of those industries during his nine years in Congress. He has also been a chief backer of the ethanol industry.

He believes his signature achievement is a plan passed this congressional session to deregulate the over-the-counter derivatives market.

Ewing's campaigns benefited from those with business before his committee, such as the American Association of Crop Insurers, numerous sugar interests, the Archer Daniels Midland Co., the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Ewing also made regulatory reform a major focus with three bills signed into law.

A close confidant of House Speaker Dennis Hastert from their days rooming together in Springfield, Ewing gained new clout when Hastert took the House's top job.

But they feuded after Ewing announced his retirement..."


22 posted on 09/26/2004 1:37:20 AM PDT by timbuck2 ("The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts." -Edmund Burke)
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To: timbuck2

A search of LexisNexis by author name and ethanol returns 141 documents for Loven. Okay, well enough for now. Not sure where this leads, but I did discover some interesting things about this obviously partisan reporter and her reliance on her Dem activist husband for sources...

-T

June 21, 2001; Thursday

SECTION: Washington - general news

LENGTH: 697 words

HEADLINE: Official Questions Gasoline Mandate

BYLINE: JENNIFER LOVEN


DATELINE: WASHINGTON



"...Eleven states have banned MTBE and at least a dozen more are considering it. Keeping the oxygenate requirement then would likely be a massive boost for the farm state-based ethanol industry..."

"...But only 101 of the nation's 176,000 gas stations sell the 85 percent ethanol blend known as E85, meaning only 1 percent of the fuel used by the 1.2 million dual-use vehicles is renewable. Likewise, since the trade-off allows more SUVs to hit the market, the net effect has been a 772 million-gallon increase in conventional gas consumption, the report found.

Nonetheless, the study recommends continuing the program, which is set to expire in 2004, but only if it can be changed to increase the use of ethanol in the vehicles..."

-T


23 posted on 09/26/2004 1:46:44 AM PDT by timbuck2 ("The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts." -Edmund Burke)
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To: CalRepublican

Thanks, Cal. Somebody should put together a timeline of her husband's work in government/consulting and her articles and then cross check them for correlation. Also a nice flashy NY Times style "web of connections" would be splendid. Ethanol, the outlawing of MBTE, a couple of retiring and embittered GOP pols, the Clinton White House, ChevronTexaco, Inc., Green Strategies, Inc., Terry McCauliffe, the DNC and the Associated Press...

;-)

-T


24 posted on 09/26/2004 1:54:41 AM PDT by timbuck2 ("The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts." -Edmund Burke)
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To: Tom_Busch

Thank you. At the very least, there is an appearance of impropriety. When journalism was more reputable, this alone would trigger some sort of audit.

-T


25 posted on 09/26/2004 2:04:26 AM PDT by timbuck2 ("The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts." -Edmund Burke)
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To: timbuck2

An awful lot of the companies and organizations listed on Roger Ballentine's client list

http://www.greenstrategies.com/clients/clients.html

show up in Loven's articles... And, surprise! - they often bash Bush.


December 2, 2002 Monday

SECTION: WASHINGTON DATELINE

LENGTH: 546 words

HEADLINE: Bush Signs Wetlands Preservation Bill

BYLINE: JENNIFER LOVEN; Associated Press Writer

DATELINE: WASHINGTON

"...With Bush hoping to burnish his environmental credentials, the wetlands bill-signing merited a full-blown ceremony in a White House auditorium attended by Cabinet members, lawmakers and the conservation group Ducks Unlimited.

But some environmental groups said the event, on legislation Bush said "shows our concern for the environment," was in contrast to other moves by the administration that threaten wetlands.

Millions of acres of wetlands remain in regulatory limbo, translating into potential opportunity for developers because the Bush administration hasn't yet firmed up its approach to regulating wetlands.

The confusion stems from a Supreme Court ruling last year in a developer's challenge that said the Clean Water Act's authority over navigable waters doesn't extend to "isolated" wetlands.

Environmental groups fear soon-to-be-announced rules dictating which U.S. waters were affected will make it "easier to fill many, many more wetlands," said Julie Sibbing of the National Wildlife Federation..."

-T


26 posted on 09/26/2004 2:33:51 AM PDT by timbuck2 ("The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts." -Edmund Burke)
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To: timbuck2

Welcome to the next Blog battle. Hope you guys are successful. I'll be watching.


27 posted on 09/26/2004 5:09:34 AM PDT by q_an_a
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To: timbuck2

Tremendous catches. They PROVE why she should never have been assigned. Her only "out," depending on the date of each article, is whether she was married to the guy at the time.

Jen is hopelessly conflicted, and has no business covering anyone's presidential campaign or the presidency.

DEMAND THAT JENNIFER LOVEN OF AP BE TAKEN OFF THE PREZ CAMPAIGN (CLEAR CONFLICTS OF INTEREST)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1227072/posts

Noted in that post:
- Hubby is a Kerry campaign donor ($2000 in last two years)
- Hubby worked in the Clinton Administration in an enviro policymaking position.
- (THE CLINCHER) Hubbby is CURRENTLY, RIGHT NOW, TODAY, a PAID KERRY CAMPAIGN SPOKLESPERSON on enviro issues.

contact
info@ap.org
212-621-1500 (ask for extension 6060, the recorded complaint line)


28 posted on 09/26/2004 7:05:56 AM PDT by litany_of_lies
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To: timbuck2

"Interesting" link at Google about Ms. Loven in her community (didn't post link because it has non-postable stuff elsewhere on the page).

It says that in May 2003 she was scheduled to participate in a forum in her hoity-toity Chevy Chase, MD neighborhood about the Iraq War with:
- John Ydstie of NPR.
- Two local TV producers
- A Swiss Journalist

One has to wonder if anyone in the forum was for the war, and how they treated anyone there who was.

Perhaps a FReeper was in attendance?


29 posted on 09/26/2004 7:32:24 AM PDT by litany_of_lies
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To: timbuck2

If Jennifer Loven wants to run around and be a spokesperson for her Kerry-contributing and Kerry-paid husband's environmental views, she should be free to do so, JUST NOT AS A FREAKING AP REPORTER FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN!

+++++

Check THIS out pair of writings out, one from hub and one from Jen:

In December 2002, hubby Roger Ballentine writes an article opposing the Bush "Clear Skies" environmental initiatives.

Link:
http://www.ppionline.org/ndol/print.cfm?contentid=251052

Quote (in 2nd and 3rd paras, bold mine):

"By leaving out CO2, Bush's so-called "Clear Skies" legislation is both a step backward on global warming and a disservice to the very energy companies it is designed to appease.

Introduced last summer by Sen. Bob Smith (R-N.H.) and expected to be reintroduced in the 108th Congress, the proposal aims to reduce power plant emissions of three key gases: nitrogen oxide, which produces smog; sulfur dioxide, the source of acid rain; and mercury. Because it goes after three pollutants, this approach is called "3P." But at the urging of Vice President Cheney and other Republican ideologues, the president's proposal excludes the fourth and arguably the most important "P" -- CO2, the greenhouse gas predominantly responsible for global climate change.

+++++++

Fast forward to September 2003.

Bush is visitng Michigan. Jennifer Loven writes an article about it.

Link:
http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/philly/news/local/6775805.htm

(Final 2 paras, bolds mine)

...And he was to push Congress to pass his so-called "Clear Skies" legislation. The plan would phase in caps on the emissions of nitrogen oxide, which causes smog, and sulfur dioxide, which causes soot and acid rain, from coal-burning power plants starting in 2010, the official said. It also would create the first controls on mercury releases and introduce market forces to help spur reductions.

Environmentalists said Bush's proposal would actually weaken current law while doing nothing to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, blamed by many for global warming.

+++++

"So-called"?

An AP reporter echoes her husband's sentiments and describes a titled piece of legislation "SO CALLED"?

Repeating my point...

If Jennifer Loven wants to run around and be a spokesperson for her Kerry-contributing and Kerry-paid husband's environmental views, she should be free to do so, JUST NOT AS A FREAKING AP REPORTER FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN!


30 posted on 09/26/2004 2:44:36 PM PDT by litany_of_lies
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To: litany_of_lies

Great detective work! I am going to put in some more time looking at Loven's articles, but you have demonstrated clearly that she parrots the partisan Dem line spoon fed to her by her husband Ballentine, a former Clinton administration employee, active DNC fundraiser and now advisor to John Kerry and consultant to any number of Dem connected clients. Nicely done!

-T


31 posted on 09/26/2004 2:55:05 PM PDT by timbuck2 ("The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts." -Edmund Burke)
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