Trump's Perry Pick Heralds Fossil Fuel Revival at DOE

December 13, 2016

Elias Hinckley was quoted in an article, "Trump's Perry Pick Heralds Fossil Fuel Revival At DOE," which was published by Law360 (sub. req.) on December 13, 2016.

"Curious that a fellow that both wanted to eliminate and then lost the primary because he couldn't remember the Department of Energy has agreed to take the job,” said Elias Hinckley, who chairs Sullivan & Worcester LLP's energy group.

Especially a job that while influential, doesn't carry nearly as much energy regulatory clout as leadership posts at agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Interior.

“Outside of motivating the next generation of technology, there's not a lot that DOE does that's not secondary to what the market is already doing,” Hinckley said. “It's not a flagship policy post — it's scientific.”

Mr. Hinckley also commented on how a Perry-led DOE would likely address liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports: 

The DOE automatically approves exports of LNG to countries that have free trade agreements with the U.S. but must individually examine all other export applications to determine their impact on trade balance, energy security, the environment, job creation and other issues, as well as whether they serve the public interest.

"How much appetite there is for more LNG projects is a question, but ... it will be an easier process to get through," Hinckley said.