Energy Update Week of July 14

Frank Maisano
Jul 14, 2014

Friends, And I Feel Fine.  With yesterday’s final, the World Cup is complete with Germany breaking Europe’s streak of bad luck on American (Latin/South/North) soil with a spectacular goal in the 113th minute of extra time from substitute player Mario Gӧtze.  The game ends a great tournament with lots of…

Energy Update Week of June 16

Frank Maisano
Jun 16, 2014

Friends, Happy Father’s Day to all out there.  I hope it was a good day for you.  I spent my Father’s Day where else:  a lax tourney.  But yesterday, I was officiating rather than just watching Hannah.  I did make it home in time to watch Martin Kaymer cruise to…

Energy Update Week of May 5

Frank Maisano
May 05, 2014

Friends, Happy Cinco de Mayo, which is NOT Mexican Independence Day, but a celebration of the 1862 battle victory in the Mexican State of Puebla, where an undermanned Mexican Army defeated the French, who were attempting to meddle in the US Civil War with the hope of aiding the South…

Energy Update Week of April 14

Frank Maisano
Apr 14, 2014

Friends, With the Passover/Easter/Spring Break week, Congress is out and it is slow, giving us a chance to see DC’s cherry blossoms in full bloom (this weekend was a madhouse around downtown).  I was most excited about the light traffic today though.  Still a few events on the radar though,…

Top Natural Resources And Energy Lobbyist Eric Washburn Joins Bracewell & Giuliani’s Policy Resolution Group

PRG
Apr 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Policy Resolution Group (PRG) at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Eric Washburn is joining PRG as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office.  Washburn will provide federal legislative and regulatory advice to the firm’s industry and non-profit clients on a broad range of policy…

Scott Segal on the Polar Vortex and What Severe Cold Tells Us About Energy Prices and Policy

PRG
Mar 10, 2014

In this video interview, Scott Segal, head of Bracewell & Giuliani’s DC-based Policy Resolution Group, discusses the impact of low-cost shale gas resources on energy supply and demand, the key role that coal-fired facilities played in electric generation during the severe cold spells this winter, and the lessons policymakers and…

CNBC Opinion Piece by PRG Partner Frank Macchiarola and Bracewell Senior Counsel Kay Bailey Hutchison

PRG
Dec 03, 2013

A crisis we should not waste CNBC December 3, 2013 By Kay Bailey Hutchison and Frank Macchiarola During the past couple of months, Americans’ attention has been riveted on the implementation of President Obama’s signature health-care law. The focus has been on the abysmal introduction of the health-care exchange website,…

Op-Ed by PRG Partner Frank Macchiarola in Roll Call

PRG
Nov 05, 2013

Opinion: Obamacare Was a Broken Promise From the Start Roll Call November 4, 2013 By Frank J. Macchiarola As the debate over health care reform reached its climax in Congress during the summer of 2009, President Barack Obama appeared before the American Medical Association in Chicago to build support for his…

Energy Update Week of October 21

Frank Maisano
Oct 22, 2013

Friends,   Now that the government shutdown has been resolved (at least until after Christmas), we can return our focus to the business at hand: the new health care law, climate change and most importantly, the World Series.   The Red Sox and Cardinals clash starting Wednesday at Fenway Park in…

Energy Update Week of October 14

Frank Maisano
Oct 22, 2013

Friends, Thanks goodness it is Columbus Day, the holiday to celebrate Italian-Americans, because those of us that end in a vowel really do need more celebrating.  Speaking of ending in a vowel, (despite the fact that I’m not really a big Detroit Tigers fan, I still route for my hometown…

Scott Segal on DOE and EPA Nominees

PRG
Mar 04, 2013

Today, President Obama has indicated his intention to nominate two key members of his energy and environmental team:  Gina McCarthy for EPA Administrator and Ernie Moniz for Energy Secretary.  These two individuals seem fit to task of the agencies they will lead if confirmed.  However, both will face substantial policy…

Post-Election: Overview and Takeaways

PRG
Nov 09, 2012

By Scott H. Segal The voters have now spoken in one of the most hotly contested and expensive races in American history, and the net effect of countervailing political winds was ironically to perpetuate the political status quo. For those stunned at the amount of money spent on this race, the…

Post-Election: Electric Transmission

PRG
Nov 09, 2012

By Frank Maisano and Catherine McCarthy President Obama’s re-election is a positive development for supporters of and investors in renewable energy and therefore a significant development for the transmission policies that will be required to implement clean energy. Of course, a robust transmission policy impacts all electricity generation and will benefit…

Post-Election: Energy and Environment

PRG
Nov 09, 2012

By Jeffrey Holmstead, Scott Segal and Salo Zelermyer Regardless of the final result, one thing is certain: the debate that took place in the 2012 election cycle over energy and environmental issues was a diametrically different debate that the one that took place just four years ago. Cap-and-trade legislation? Nowhere to…

Post-Election: Financial Services Overview

PRG
Nov 09, 2012

By Dee Martin With the reelection of President Obama, a full repeal of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) appears unlikely. In the current political climate, any attempts by House Republicans to roll back the law would likely be rejected by a Democratic Senate and vetoed…