Both men brought ample knowledge of the field to the program. Gerard
has been the head of API — the foremost trade association for oil
companies — since November 2008, after a long career in public service.
From his bio at API’s website:
Gerard has led API since November 2008, expanding its
membership and influence in all 50 states and globally, adding offices
in Dubai and Singapore to its operations in Beijing, enabling API to
better inform the public and policymakers on important energy issues.
API‘s Washington presence is the foundation for the oil and natural gas
industry’s advocacy and outreach at state, federal and global levels on
public policy, standards and certification programs, and as the source
for information on industry best practices.
Gerard is recognized by numerous publications and his peers as one of Washington’s most influential advocates.Washington Life magazine named him one of the city’s “Power 100” and a Fortune magazine
profile said Gerard’s effort to build a 50 state advocacy network for
the oil and natural gas industry was “showing signs of success” through
its outreach to workers and non-traditional allies.
Prior to joining API, Gerard served as president and CEO of the
American Chemistry Council, and earlier held the same position at the
National Mining Association. Gerard also spent close to a decade working
in the U.S. Senate and House. He came to Washington in 1981, and worked
for Rep. George Hansen. He also worked for Sen. James A. McClure, who
chaired the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Freeman, meanwhile, runs a company known simply as Freeman Global
Holdings, LLC., which operates at the global level trying to gauge world
markets for clients. His book alleges that foreign countries
deliberately sabotaged the United States economy. From his bio:
Kevin Freeman is considered one of the world’s leading
experts on the issues of Economic Warfare and Financial Terrorism. He
has consulted for and briefed members of both the U.S. House and Senate,
present and past CIA, DIA, FBI, SEC, Homeland Security, the Justice
Department, as well as local and state law enforcement. He has traveled
extensively with research trips to Russia and China and throughout
Europe and the Americas.
Glenn opened the segment with a quote from Energy Secretary Steven
Chu that gas prices should be “boosted” to the level of Europe (around
$10/gallon now). He then segued into speaking with Gerard about the
effects of Obama administration policies on the energy market.
Specifically, Glenn pushed Gerard on the topic of why oil imports have
decreased in the United States, as President Obama trumpeted in a recent
weekly address. Gerard’s response is below:
That’s factually correct, but let me tell you why it’s
misleading. The reason our imports are down is because demand in the
United States has dropped significantly because of the recession. So
either the President is impliedly taking credit for the downturn in the
economy or he’s taking credit for the increase in domestic production,
which is what we in the industry have done on state and private land.
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