Gore's ex "climate community organizer" bails on DOE

American Thinker: Rats leaving sinking ship: DOE loses a crony capitalist

With Republicans controlling the House of Representatives and able to subpoena officials, certain Obama administration officials are heading for the hills. The New York Times reports on the latest exodus of Obama appointees. This time the Department of Energy is losing acting Undersecretary of Energy Cathy Zoi:

A trio of top officials, including acting Undersecretary of Energy Cathy Zoi, are stepping down from the Department of Energy, Secretary Steven Chu announced in an agency memo set to be released today.

Zoi, who also serves as assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy (EERE), will be leaving the agency on March 10 to head to a private-sector post in California.

Who is Cathy Zoi and why would anyone be interested in her career?

She was the “ex-CEO of Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection and, while in government service maintained major investments in “green ” companies that benefited directly from her decisions”, reported Christopher Horner at Pajamas Media back in June, 2010 / . Among those investments, according to Horner are:

Read the entire article on American Thinker here

See also these previous WUWT articles on Cathy Zoi:

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February 23, 2011 12:39 pm

Heinzerling, Browner, and now this one.
It’s only a start.

February 23, 2011 12:43 pm

In Britain, their version of “Mr. Wizard” is being vilified by the global warming activists for his stance on AGW.

February 23, 2011 12:44 pm

Ship should be the “Rainbow Warminger”

Joe Lalonde
February 23, 2011 12:49 pm

Some scientists are going to fight to the bitter end no matter how much it hurts their reputations.

February 23, 2011 12:49 pm

It sounds like Cathy Zoi still has an interest in the green stuff. ;->

February 23, 2011 12:49 pm

they should still subpoena her …

February 23, 2011 12:52 pm

They can run, but they can’t hide.
That the story by Horner never made serious headlines remains a mystery,
but one day they will have to take the stand.

Henry chance
February 23, 2011 12:55 pm

I suspect they don’t want to face House hearings. Waxmans pals are getting a dose of Waxman medicine.
Too much light on the warming hoax and they run.

February 23, 2011 12:58 pm

Dr. Andrew Weaver the lawsuit trigger happy scientist is getting a whiff of global warming today in Victoria, BC: 25cm of SNOW!

February 23, 2011 1:03 pm

By 10:00 they already had 25cm… and
“A snowfall warning remains in effect, calling for accumulations of five to 25 centimetres over the region. Winds will pick up later in the day and, while the temperature is supposed to drop to -3 C, the wind chill could make it feel as cold as -25C.”
Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/technology/Heavy+snowfall+snarls+traffic+closes+schools/4331625/story.html#ixzz1EomqsIU9

February 23, 2011 1:06 pm

it’s a religion of peace and pocketbooks……….

George E. Smith
February 23, 2011 1:08 pm

Well I’m all in favor of a review of the conflict of interrest situations in all of those departments; and like enron, some big mucky mucks should do some quality jail time; as well as paying full restitution.

February 23, 2011 1:18 pm

I’m sure plenty of the rats will be furiously polishing the brass hoping it will keep the ship afloat, though.

February 23, 2011 1:32 pm

Any chance of a bigger copy of the image?
The current one looks a little pixelly as my backdrop.
One with “Rainbow Warminger” would be cool too
Top stuff.
hope she gets her just desserts. And Gore too, please.

February 23, 2011 1:32 pm

Oh, beaver dam! Does she HAVE to come to California???

February 23, 2011 2:16 pm

President Obama goes from community organizer in Chicago to POTUS (Bill Ayres notwithstanding).
Obama appoints Rahm (no crisis should go to waste) Emanuel as his Chief of Staff.
Obama names Bill Daley (kid brother of current Chicago mayor Richard Daley), as his new Chief of Staff (1/6/2011), after Rahm’s resignation.
Rahm Emanuel elected mayor of Chicago (2/22/2011).
Chicago politics at it’s best, not sure how it will play out on the World stage,
stay tuned.
One can HOPE our POTUS is not in over his head.
I’m afraid for us, Chicago (corrupt) politics may work in a city……..

February 23, 2011 2:25 pm

I wonder what music the band playing…. (Titanic?)

February 23, 2011 2:56 pm

flicka47 – with AB32 still in place California is, alas, just about the last place in the country (aside from maybe a couple postage stamps in the Northeast) where she can still sell her rent-seeking act.

February 23, 2011 3:14 pm

I believe that the band went under playing “Autumn”, if that’s any help

February 23, 2011 3:36 pm

Under Ronald Reagan we had Bob Hope and Johnny Cash.
Under Obama we have no Hope and no Cash.

February 23, 2011 4:34 pm

Has to be the Titanic.
Hit an iceberg.

Pamela Gray
February 23, 2011 5:05 pm

Pendleton is expecting 4 inches of snow tonight. If this keeps up, the entire area will have to plant WINTER wheat instead of spring wheat. Interspersed with peas to fix nitrogen in the soil. But that is not news. The news is that Portland, the dog that wags the tail of Democrats, is shivering as well. What’s that I hear? A slow drip, drip, drip? That’s Democrats crying about their last vote.

George E. Smith
February 23, 2011 5:30 pm

“”””” Mick says:
February 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm
I wonder what music the band playing…. (Titanic?) “””””
Legend has it they played “Nearer My God to Thee ”
I dunno, I couldn’t get tickets.

George E. Smith
February 23, 2011 5:31 pm

Besides Titanic went down by the bow; not the stern.

Johnny D
February 23, 2011 5:38 pm

When I look at wattsupwiththat.com at 8:30 PM EST, 2/23/2011, Al Gore is mentioned in 4 of the stories that are visible on the front page. What an unhealthy obsession! Look, I don’t like the guy either. Never have. I understand that dropping the G-bomb is good for riling up the “there’s no AGW” crowd, but maybe it would do the “skeptic” side some good to focus more on the scientific evidence and less on the personalities.
(And I’m not even talking about the comment sections. I’m just talking about the main bodies and headlines of the stories.)

February 23, 2011 5:48 pm

Sorry flicka47, The rats are all going to be swimming for any dry land they can find, and Cali will prob be the last place to stop welcoming them.

February 23, 2011 5:49 pm

Interestingly the Australian Chief Scientist Penny Sackett, a shameless AGW propagandist, has resigned half way through her 5 year term. The Sydney Morning Herald, a leftist rag, has tried to spin that this may have been due to being upset about “lack of government progress on climate change”.
I however hear the scrabbling of tiny paws, a fading squeak and a small furry splash…

J. Felton
February 23, 2011 6:03 pm

Johnny D says
“When I look at wattsupwiththat.com at 8:30 PM EST, 2/23/2011, Al Gore is mentioned in 4 of the stories that are visible on the front page. What an unhealthy obsession! Look, I don’t like the guy either. Never have. I understand that dropping the G-bomb is good for riling up the “there’s no AGW” crowd, but maybe it would do the “skeptic” side some good to focus more on the scientific evidence and less on the personalities.”
Johnny, if you had read the article, you would have easily seen why Al ” I’m super-serial” Gore was mentioned. It was an article about corruption and conflicts of interest in the U.S. DoE. Of paticular interest was someone who used to be on the global warming/ wealth distribution bandwagon, yet somehow managed to secure herself a cushy government job which benefitted her and her partners.
The article should a number of links that clearly showed Zoi has a massive conflict of interest, and shouldn’t be anywhere near a position that entitles her to award lucrative government contracts. At the very least, it’s corrupt, at the top, it’s fraud, as she probably hid her connections.
If you still can’t read the evidence, I suggest you make a pen-pal of Bernie Maddof. I’m sure he could use the support.

February 23, 2011 7:16 pm

Johnny D says:
February 23, 2011 at 5:38 pm
“….I understand that dropping the G-bomb is good for riling up the “there’s no AGW” crowd, but maybe it would do the “skeptic” side some good to focus more on the scientific evidence and less on the personalities.”…
We always focus on science, and take our fun where we can get it.
Do you have a problem with that?

February 23, 2011 8:21 pm

RMS Titanic sunk at night and to my knowledge no one was in much of a position to get any happy snaps as it went under. It was also quite a bit bigger than the freighter in that picture. And yes, the preponderance of the evidence says the band was playing ‘Autumn’.
As for … [trimmed. Robt]

Douglas DC
February 23, 2011 8:24 pm

That Hauser is getting mighty crowded. I this case the Iceberg hit the ship while still in

D. Janeway
February 23, 2011 8:35 pm

It was an iceberg that sunk the Titantic as well.

richcar 1225
February 23, 2011 9:07 pm

It will interesting to see if she had a stake in Solyndra.

richcar 1225
February 23, 2011 9:24 pm

Here is the Wall Street Journal’s report of the defections:
This could become very interesting. I wonder what Upton and Issa are turning up.
The other possibilities are that they see their agenda is lost or they see themselves the beneficaries of lobbying positions for the rest of Obamas term.

old construction worker
February 23, 2011 9:50 pm

‘When he wasn’t busy helping create a $127 billion mess for taxpayers to clean up, former Fannie Mae Chief Executive Officer Franklin Raines, two of his top underlings and select individuals in the “green” movement were inventing a patented system to trade residential carbon credits. (Smart Meters)
Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/node/96936#ixzz1EquYlgzw
There are two US representatives investigating why and how this happen but their hands are tied until Fannie Mae is out of receivership. Let the sun shine in.

February 24, 2011 5:59 am

This winter has been a dandy so far up here in Montana and the surrounding area. Check out these conditions: http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=MT&prodtype=hourly

February 24, 2011 9:20 am

It’s interesting that the department’s general counsel, Scott Blake Harris is leaving. This general counsel has made the case that shutting down work on the Yucca Mountain repository and withdrawing the License Application was legal. NRC judges with the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board already ruled against Harris that DOE can’t withdraw the license application. The lawsuit is going to U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit March 22. Appears that an acting general counsel will be overseeing this lawsuit.

February 24, 2011 9:57 am

Johnny D says:
When I look at wattsupwiththat.com at 8:30 PM EST, 2/23/2011, Al Gore is mentioned in 4 of the stories that are visible on the front page. What an unhealthy obsession!…
You can’t really blame Anthony if Al Gore has a tendency to figure prominently in current climate-related news.

Ian in the UK
February 24, 2011 11:09 am

I read Johnny D’s comment and instantly agreed with him – and was disappointed that he got shot down. I’ve long thought that if the experts on our side would only concentrate on writing a succinct and undeniable proof that CO2 is not to blame, we could all use it to disarm the warmists. We could write to our local and national papers with it, distribute it in pamphlets round the neighbourhood, and get the message out, to ridicule the politicians and warmist “scientists”. The public are already more than half-way there in my experience.
There is no proof that CO2 causes warming, so that’s a good start. Come on you bright sparks, get your heads round it, it shouldn’t be too difficult.
In parenthesis, just think of all the carbon capture, carbon emissions, low carbon this, low carbon that, rubbish that would have to be withdrawn from all the car adverts, news articles etc – and how there’d be no more talk of scrapping existing coal-fired power stations, no more need for windfarms, no more billions being spent on a fairy tale.
I suppose it’s just a dream.

February 24, 2011 12:12 pm

By paying attention to all these seemingly peripheral matters, WUWT is documenting the multifaceted character of what some of us consider a major social hysteria (and interlaced with this, the use of ‘science’ for other ends). Viewed from this angle, the demand for a strict focus on “the science” is in fact disingenuous.

Nigel S
February 24, 2011 1:00 pm

Mick says:
February 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm
Nearer my Gore to Thee?

February 24, 2011 4:48 pm

Ms. Zoi is going to work for Mr. Soros. Who would have guessed?
New Soros investment fund, profiting off Obama’s ‘green energy’ push, hires top Obama energy aide

Henry chance
February 25, 2011 5:22 am

“Ms. Zoi is married to Robin Roy, a top executive at Serious Materials, a privately held manufacturer of ‘sustainable green building materials’ located in California. On the Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure submitted by Ms. Zoi to the White House Ethics office as part of her confirmation, Ms. Zoi disclosed ownership with her spouse of 120,000 vested and unvested stock options in Serious Materials, a company her office regulates and that she may profit from.”
Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/02/new-soros-hedge-fun-profiting-obamas-green-energy-push-hires-top-#ixzz1EybgQ5If
she can still peddle her husbands fiasco.

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