Monday, June 30, 2008

Having trashed Boxer, Duke's Jim Rogers turns his attention to Obama

Yes, it was only eight days ago that the ever-glib Jim Rogers, chairman and CEO of Duke Energy, was trashing Senator Barbara Boxer --

insinuating in the New York Times Sunday Magazine that Boxer was smoking dope. (Unclear if he meant weed, or crack.)

Having burned that bridge, it's on to the next mark.

Sun The Chicago imes reports that Rogers was among the corporate CEOs who met privately last week with Senator Barack Obama. In fact, he was the only reported exec from the electric power industry. See below.

It's unknown what Rogers said (he was probably arguing against Obama's position of requiring that all greenhouse gas reductions be done through an auction, rather than a polluter-paying windfall profit giveaway of the sort Rogers favors in an effort to boost his company's sagging stock price.)

We rather doubt he was touting Duke's lawsuit against EPA's clean-air interstate rules. (A federal appeals court decision could come as soon as tomorrow.) If Rogers wins, tens of thousands of Americans could have their lives shortened by dirty air. No, we rather doubt that Duke brought up that issue.


Who's Who: In meetings with Obama

(guess it's hard to find current female CEO's.)
1. James Bell, CFO of Boeing, aerospace, IL
2. Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase, financial services, NY
3. Ann Fudge, former CEO of Young & Rubicam, public relations, IL
4. Mark Gallogly, Centerbridge Partners, NY
5. Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford, auto manufacturer, MI
6. Jim Rogers, CEO of Duke Energy, energy/alternative, NC
7. Ronald Williams, CEO of Aetna, healthcare, CT
8. Brian L. Roberts, President and CEO of Comcast Corporation, PA
9. Robert Glaser, CEO of Real Networks, CA

1 comment:

L.L. Norton said...

It's time someone started calling this guy Rogers the Duke Dirt Devil.