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Romney Energy Aide Linked to Coal Industry

Jim Talent runs lobbying firm paid by Big Coal
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2011 4:31 PM CDT

(Newser) – An energy advisor who helped craft Mitt Romney's pro-coal policy also runs a lobbying firm that's paid by, you guessed it, a big coal company. Ex-Missouri senator Jim Talent co-chairs the lobbying firm Mercury Public Affairs, which receives $125,000 a year from Peabody Energy to promote its coal interests, Salon reports. Mercury, Talent, and Romney's reps have all have no comment on the connection.

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Talent promoted coal in Romney's new economic plan, which supports ending carbon regulation and fast-tracking energy approval processes, the Boston Globe reports. Talent wrote that Romney has reviewed the ways "our government stops us from getting energy: moratoriums, ‘permitoriums,’ bureaucratic hostility ... [with the effect] of making the recovery of energy so expensive and so uncertain that people look for energy in other countries and not here." (Read more Jim Talent stories.)

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