FERC’s political animal

Source: By Kelsey Tamborrino, Politico • Posted: Monday, July 9, 2018

We all know that FERC’s profile has steadily risen over the past five years but color ME surprised if anyone ever predicted that we’d hear its chief of staff on the radio, let alone Breitbart radio. FERC chief of staff Anthony Pugliese did a 20-minute interview with Breitbart News Sunday last night, expounding on the resilience virtues of coal and nuclear power, the Transportation Department’s progress on cutting regulations, and how much the Trump administration is doing to improve American lives in places like his home state of Pennsylvania.

Although Pugliese didn’t take most of the bait being thrown at him from a host who called renewable energy a “subsidy pit” and in what ways FERC might be trying to rollback Obama-era rules, he took a big swipe at the Democrats in the Northeast for opposing natural gas pipelines. “You still have some parts of the country that are controlled by the Democratic Party and others that are determined to ensure that no infrastructure goes through their states and are determined to say no just because the Trump administration is supporting it,” he told radio host Amanda House, who headlined the interview on Twitter as ” MAGA Energy.” “They are putting politics above the best interests of not only of consumers in their states but also national security … [and] for purely political reasons, some governors and other state and local entities are blocking our ability to put in that infrastructure.” Pugliese’s comments echo that of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who has similarly called out New York for its opposition to gas pipelines. Listen to Pugliese’s interview.