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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 08:01 AM
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AP: Dean Had Own Secret Energy Group
Check out how this little gem was written. Every reasonable explanation is ignored.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=694&nci...

WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean (news - web sites), who has criticized the Bush administration for refusing to release the deliberations of its energy policy task force, as governor of Vermont convened a similar panel that met in secret and angered state lawmakers.

Dean's group held one public hearing and after the fact volunteered the names of industry executives and liberal advocates it consulted in private, but Dean refused to open the task force's private deliberations.

In 1999, he offered the same argument the administration uses today for keeping deliberations of a policy task force secret.
Dean said his group developed better policy in a bipartisan manner, seeking advice not just from energy executives but environmentalists and advocates for the poor. He said his task force was more open because it held a public hearing and divulged afterward the names of people it consulted even though deliberations were held in secret.

Dean's campaign said it was "laughable" to equate the two panels.

"Governor Dean confronted and averted an energy crisis that would have had disastrous consequences for the citizens of Vermont by bringing together a bipartisan and ideologically diverse working group that solved the problem," spokesman Jay Carson said Sunday.

The parallels between the Cheney and Dean task forces are many.
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Loonman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 08:02 AM
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1. Et tu, Howard?
Interesting......
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farmbo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 08:09 AM
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2. Headline could/should have read:" Dean's Energy Group Included Enviros..
...and Low Income Advocates"...but, alas, the "liberal press" is out to make Cheney look bad.

:grr:
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BeatleBoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 08:22 AM
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3. That does it, I'm voting for Bush now...
Not!
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fjc Donating Member (700 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 08:22 AM
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4. Here's the difference...
From the article..

"Dick Cheney put together a group of his corporate cronies and partisan political contributors, and they gave themselves billions and disguised it as a national energy policy."

That's why Cheney's secrecy matters.

By the way, this is now a triplicate.
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Atlant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-03 08:24 AM
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5. Duplicate...
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