PRG’s Scott Segal Interviewed by Bloomberg Government

Scott Segal points to a photo of his "first political moment": meeting Lyndon B. Johnson in Texas in 1971.
Scott Segal points to a photo of his “first political moment”: meeting Lyndon B. Johnson in Texas in 1971.

PRG Founding Partner Scott Segal was featured this week in a Bloomberg Government interview and profile piece. The interview explores the top policy issues of 2016, strategies for good negotiation, and “why lobbying might be the most patriotic of all Washington careers.”

Here is Segal’s answer to the question, The word ‘lobbying’ is often used as a pejorative – do you think lobbyists deserve better?:

“Lobbying is the only exercise that’s protected three different times by the U.S. Constitution – and if you do communications work, four times.

“I think the Founding Fathers would be very surprised to learn that lobbying is something that is looked down upon. They would have thought that lobbying is foreseeable as the government grew in size and complexity. The Library of Congress was established on the notion that it would provide Congress with all the information it needed to make decisions. And it must have been obsolete in six months, because information is not static, it rolls based on innovation in the marketplace.

“The lobbyist is almost like the honeybee of the Washington community. We pick up the information and distribute it from location to location until everybody has it and can make decisions accordingly. I don’t find it a distasteful occupation; I find it an absolutely essential one for the operation of the government. Information needs are too complex, and need to be satisfied too quickly, to expect that it will all just happen by chance.”

To read the rest of Bloomberg Government’s interview with Scott Segal, click here.

PRG’s Segal and Holmstead Weigh in on SCOTUS CPP Order

Today, PRG’s Scott Segal and Bracewell’s Jeff Holmstead weighed in on yesterday’s order by the Supreme Court to stay the Clean Power Plan, part of the Obama administration’s efforts to regulate emissions in order to combat global warming.

Here is a quote from the article, published in USA Today:

“Doubtlessly weighing on the minds of the Court was a 2015 Supreme Court casedealing with another Clean Air Act rule. In that case, known as Michigan v. EPA, the Court found the rule to be illegal, but the decision came after power plants had already been forced to spend tens of billions of dollars to comply with the rule and was too late to save dozens of coal-fired power plants that shut down because they couldn’t afford the cost. Then, after the Court ruled against EPA, a lower court allowed the rule to remain in effect — in part because so much compliance investment had already been made. Maybe this a case of ‘fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.'”

Click here to read the complete column.

PRG’s Curt Beaulieu Writes Piece on New Audit Rules for Tax Notes

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Curt Beaulieu, senior counsel with the Policy Resolution Group, wrote an article for Tax Notes titled New Audit Rules for Partnerships: Heartburn for MLPs on November 9.

In this article, Beaulieu analyzes the new audit rules for large partnerships and discusses how they will affect master limited partnerships.

To read the full article, click here.

PRG’s Maisano Lauded in Morning Consult Feature

On September 8, Morning Consult published a feature on PRG founding partner Frank Maisano titled Frank Maisano Earns His Media.

In addition to praising Maisano’s media relations expertise, the article highlights PRG’s unique strategic communications and policy approach, which “fuses policy wonkery with PR savvy.”

For the full article, click here.

PRG’s Scott Segal Featured in Coverage of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

This weekend, PRG founding partner Scott Segal was featured prominently in news coverage of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which was formally adopted during a ceremony today with President Obama.

Here are some highlights of Segal’s contributions:

“‘The EPA still has created an untested foundation for the rule,’ said Scott Segal […] ‘It has tread upon established constitutional principles and undermined the sense of federalism that is essential to the Clean Air Act.'” – The Washington Post

“Twenty to 30 states were poised to join the energy industry in suing over the rule as soon as it’s formally published, said Scott Segal, a lobbyist with the firm Bracewell and Giuliani who represents utilities. The Obama administration has a mixed track record in fending off legal challenges to its climate rules. GOP leaders in Congress were also weighing various legislative maneuvers to try to block the rule.” – Associated Press

“‘State leaders are angry that EPA has finalized an unprecedented interference into state authority over energy regulation and markets, clearly inconsistent with statutory and Constitutional principles,’ Scott Segal, a lawyer at Bracewell & Giuliani in Washington, said in a research note Friday.” – Bloomberg

“Scott Segal, a lobbyist for utility companies that may be involved in litigation, said the revised rules could threaten the nation’s power system. ‘While the additional time to prepare plans and begin compliance are welcome — and a tacit acknowledgment of how unreasonable the original timelines were — the resulting federal mandate is dangerous,’ said Segal, who works with the firm Bracewell and Giuliani. ‘It still presents significant intrusions into state affairs, endangering consumers, manufacturers, hospitals, schools, and the very reliability of the system.'” – USA Today

“Scott Segal, an industry lobbyist with law firm Bracewell & Giuliani, said, ‘While the final rule reflects some concession from EPA on this point, it should be noted that the final rule remains a very difficult task over a very compressed time period.'” – EnergyWire

“Scott Segal […] said the new plan got worse during the drafting process. ‘They have made a proposed plan which strains the power system even more restrictive, calling for reliable and cost effective energy sources to be replaced by intermittent, costly sources largely incapable of meeting base load power needs in the U.S.,’ Segal said in a statement.” – The Washington Post

“Scott Segal, a partner at the Policy Resolution Group at the law firm Bracewell & Giuliani, which represents a number of clients in the coal and utility industry, criticized the new rules for being more stringent than the previous version. And while he welcomed the extensions for state compliance, he argued that the EPA deadlines are still ‘unrealistic’ and that the agency had not ‘addressed the fundamental legal flaws in its proposal.’ He said that a number of states and industry groups would likely challenge the rule in court ‘shortly after it is final.'” – Huffington Post

PRG’s Maisano in Morning Consult: “A Nuclear Renaissance”

PRG founding partner Frank Maisano has written an energy opinion piece for the Morning Consult newsletter, a daily online circulation that updates subscribers on the latest in finance, business, policy, and politics. Maisano’s article discusses the annual Nuclear Energy Assembly hosted by the Nuclear Energy Institute as well as the rapid development of the nuclear sector.

“Hundreds of nuclear energy industry leaders convened in the nation’s capital earlier this month for the Nuclear Energy Institute’s annual conference, the Nuclear Energy Assembly,” Maisano writes. “NEI came to discuss the technology’s future, packing the agenda with policy discussions on environment, trade, market and other issues with members of Congress and administration officials. It is an important time for the revitalization of the nuclear energy industry. Despite setbacks in Japan and Germany, significant progress is being made in the construction of five reactors in the southeast U.S. and nearly 70 reactors worldwide. Twenty-seven of the reactors are being built in China and South Korea, and the U.S. government is reauthorizing nuclear energy trade agreements with each.”

To read more, click here.

PRG Wins Social/Interactive Media Award for Post-Election Analysis

 

vtzycxzkThe Legal Marketing Association has announced its 2015 winners for the Social/Interactive Media Award, and first place goes to PRG’s Post-Election Campaign!

Here is an excerpt from the LMA summary:

What began as a mere post-election email effort in 2010 has blossomed into a full marketing campaign undertaken by the Policy Resolution Group at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP.

PRG’s cutting-edge counsel uses industry-leading technology to help clients and contacts better understand what the 2014 election’s probable impact would be on the markets and industries served by Bracewell. The goal of this project was to build on PRG’s 2012 post-election “super” e-newsletter with expanded use of technologies (e.g., webinar, broadcast email, video, social media, blog) to more thoroughly convey the firm’s knowledge and experience to its target markets.

See the full PRG Post Election Update here.

PRG’s Frank Maisano Writes Opinion Piece for Morning Consult

PRG founding partner Frank Maisano has written an energy opinion piece for the Morning Consult newsletter, a daily online circulation that updates subscribers on the latest in finance, business, policy, and politics. Maisano’s article covers the most recent developments in the energy sector, namely the pioneering investments for clean energy made by Southern Company.

“Energy has and will always be an important part of our lives,” Maisano writes. “While we look for ways to balance our energy needs as consumers, we also need to make sure that balance is a part of how it is generated. This approach at developing our energy future has been a key talking point for Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning in recent years and it showed up again last week in his discussion with an Atlantic Council crowd, underscoring that a real ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy already is well underway. Southern’s innovative approach to both conventional and renewable fuels should be something that environmentalists, clean energy advocates, customers and investors alike should praise and pursue.”

To read more, click here.

PRG’s Scott Segal Interviewed for E&ETV on EPA’s Clean Power Plan & “Just Say No” Option

PRG founding partner Scott Segal was interviewed for E&ETV’s OnPoint segment today by Monica Trauzzi. The discussion centered around the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and the possibility of a “just say no” option for states. Segal also explains why he believes a reliability safety valve is only part of the solution to ensuring reliability under the power plan.

The interview can be found by clicking the photo above, and a full transcript of the interview can be found here.

PRG’s George Felcyn Named to Law360 Energy Editorial Advisory Board

Law360 this week announced the formation of its 2015 Energy editorial advisory board.

PRG principal George Felcyn is on the list of nine energy industry professionals who, the publication says, will work to get feedback on Law360’s coverage and to gain insight from experts in the field on how best to shape future coverage.

George brings strategic communications experience and a background in journalism to the advisory board.

See the other advisory board members on the Law360 website.