Swindled

Oil and gas companies seem to be cheating the Federal government out of royalties. And the Bush Administration seems to be helping.

Oil and gas companies seem to be cheating the Federal government out of royalties. And the Bush Administration seems to be helping.

The administrative action takes place in the Interior Department, where Jack Abramoff was one of the Bush transition advisers. And of course these issues would have come under the purview of Dick Cheney’s Energy Task Force, whose records the Administration was so eager to keep secret.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com