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Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer Discusses 2022 Midterm Elections

Fleischer Notes Industry Should Be Vocal About Energy Market Realities

Ari Fleischer

Energy Workforce & Technology Council hosted former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer for a luncheon to discuss the 2022 midterm elections. Attendees had the opportunity to hear Fleischer’s expert analysis of potential outcomes of these important races at the local and national level, and how these outcomes might impact the energy services and technology sector of the industry.

Fleischer’s expertise comes from his long career serving in high-level positions, most notably as the White House Press Secretary and primary spokesperson for President George W. Bush, where he delivered the daily White House briefings from 2001 to 2003. Prior to entering the White House, he served as the spokesperson for the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign, was the national spokesperson and communications director for Elizabeth Dole’s presidential campaign and worked on Capitol Hill as a press secretary to three Congressmen and one U.S. Senator.

Fleischer now serves as an advisor to a wide range of organizations, including many oil and natural gas companies, lending his expertise on how to handle the press. His presentation gave an overview of the political climate in America and what issues are most important to voters as they head into the midterm elections.

“I think the job for your industry is to really be the articulate, responsible Paul Revere of our society. You’ve got to be the ones shouting the warning of what’s coming, if we don’t manage any type of transition well. It is a simple fact that fossil fuels will be and must be a part of our transition for decades.”

Ari Fleischer
Energy Workforce COO Molly Determan, SVP Government Affairs Tim Tarpley, Ari Fleischer, CEO Leslie Beyer and Director of Government Affairs Deidre Kohlrus

During the event, he also discussed ways the oil and natural gas industry could be affected by the outcomes of the elections. He shared figures from the past four presidential elections and how trends have shifted among different demographics, and what those shifts may mean for the next elections.

This presentation will help companies in the industry anticipate what may be in store for the next two years of the regulatory and political environment. He encouraged the industry to be vocal about the realities of the current energy situation the world faces, and not be afraid to be outspoken advocates for the industry.

If your company is interested in joining the Government Affairs Committee, please contact SVP Government Affairs & Counsel Tim Tarpley.

Deidre Almstead Kohlrus, Director Government Affairs, writes about industry-specific policies for the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.


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