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position Lobbyist
industry Lobbying
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Lisa Jaeger is a lobbyist for Bracewell & Giuliani who specializes in cases...

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Lisa Jaeger

position Lobbyist
bio

Lisa Jaeger is a lobbyist for Bracewell & Giuliani who specializes in cases involving climate change litigation and the Clean Air Act, specifically in her ability to work on “revisions” on behalf of industry clients, and to “challenge” the law in ways that benefit business clients.

Lisa Jaeger previously worked for Bracewell & Patterson before spending four years in the George W. Bush administration EPA as a Deputy General Counsel and then Acting General Counsel.  She returned to lobbying with Bracewell & Giuliani afterwards, where her clients are almost exclusively companies directly or indirectly tied to the coal or oil industries.

Jaeger’s political ties stem back to her position as a legislative assistant with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), and as associate director of the office of cabinet affairs in the George H. W. Bush White House.  Lisa Jaeger also has teaching experience at Catholic University and Johns Hopkins University.

Quotes

"Any alleged Clean Air Act authority for EPA to regulate carbon dioxide is just that: alleged."
-Mother Jones, Decmember 14, 2009

“Ash management facilities have an excellent safety and environmental record and are subject to a schedule of routine inspections, maintenance and record-keeping.”
-“TVA sludge spill tarnished coal’s outlook; new federal coal-ash requirements likely”
Cathy Cash and Mary Powers, Electric Utility Week, January 12, 2009
Copyright 2009, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
 

"The [George W. Bush] administration has been a champion on the environment."

-National Public Radio, April 3, 2007

Evidence

With the George W. Bush administration EPA, Lisa Jaeger worked to weaken environmental laws after it became clear Congress would not write new legislation.  Jaeger claimed that the Bush administration was "a champion on the environment."

From 1999-2000—prior to joining the EPA—Jaeger’s clients through Bracewell & Patterson included Enron, BP, Shell, Valero, the Industrial Refiners Coalition, and the Council of Industrial Boiler Owners (CIBO).

At present with Bracewell & Giuliani, Lisa Jaeger continues to serve the CIBO, as well as Texas refiners Tesoro and Valero (who fought California's climate law through 2010 Proposition 23), Southern Company, Dynergy, Waste Management, and the privately-held agribusiness giant, Cargill. On behalf of these clients, Jaeger fought to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from classifying coal ash as hazardous, even though it contains high and concentrated levels of known neurotoxins and carcinogens, such as arsenic, mercury, and lead, as well as radioactive elements. Jaeger has met with officials from EPA, the White House’s Council of Environmental Quality, and the Office of Management and Budget on behalf of CIBO.

In January, 2009, Jaeger was quoted in Electric Utility Week*, claiming that coal ash regulation “has been positive,” and discouraged federal regulation of the waste. Elaborating, Jaeger said, “Ash management facilities have an excellent safety and environmental record and are subject to a schedule of routine inspections, maintenance and record-keeping.” This statement occurred just three weeks after the Tennesee Valley Authority Kingston fly ash impoundment failed, spilling over one billion gallons of toxic waste (100 times larger than the Exxon Valdez spill) into the Emory River. Close to two years after the disaster, the area remains heavily polluted(See EPA pictures and maps of the disaster).

Lisa Jaeger also represents both Valero and Tesoro, the Texas-based oil refinery companies that combined have spent over $5.5 million to support Proposition 23, which would suspend California’s global warming law.  This would delay progress on greenhouse gas reductions and clean energy implementation until state unemployment stays below 5.5% for a full year, something that has only happened three times in the last 40 years.


* “TVA sludge spill tarnished coal’s outlook; new federal coal-ash requirements likely”
Cathy Cash and Mary Powers, Electric Utility Week, January 12, 2009
Copyright 2009, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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