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The Wichita Eagle: Norton’s new job not surprising

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Gale Norton (General Counsel, Shell E & P)

Another year has brought another job for Gale Norton, the former Wichitan who resigned as President Bush’s interior secretary last March. This month Norton will become a general counsel in Royal Dutch Shell’s exploration and production business, which partly involves recovering oil from shale. Norton will work out of Colorado, where she served two terms as attorney general before her five years in the Bush Cabinet.

Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, called the hiring an example of the “hand-in-glove relationship between Big Oil and the Bush administration’s top Interior officials.” Anybody who has observed the revolving door between Washington, D.C., and industry would call it nothing new.

Posted by Rhonda Holman

Comment: Posted by: Vaughn Tolle | January 05, 2007 at 09:29 AM

When I was a kid many decades ago, I saw an ad in Newsweek magazine from Shell or Exxon.

It showed a guy in a flameproof suit and gloves holding a rock that was on fire.

This was the magical promise of oil shale–more oil in shale than in all of the mideast and right here in the US!

Well, it’s some thirty years later, and guess what, oil shale still isn’t worth crap. In fact considering that dried cow dung burns quite well (as the pioneers knew well), crap probably has a higher energy density than oil shale does.

So, yeah it makes sense–Gail Norton goes from one job in which she LIES for a living to another one in which she does the same thing . . . and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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