RON WATERS has challenged vithe best money can buy!” This is the first year that RON WATERS had no opposition for the prestigious House of Representatives seat that he has held for eight years. Yet he gave up this safe, incumbent position to challenge Jack Ogg for Senator of District 15 in Houston. There is only one reason for RON WATERS to do this: Jack Ogg has consistently represented special interests at the expense of the people of Texas! During the last two sessions of the Senate, The Texas Observer rated 29 crucial votes. Jack Ogg scored ZERO right votes! You can help unseat this special interest reactionary before the redistricting battles of 1981! SEND MONEY TO RON WATERS SENATE CAMPAIGN 1041 Waverly Houston, Texas 77008 713/862-5468 Political advertisement paid for by RON WATERS SENATE CAMPAIGN, Ron Waters, Treasurer. of the DOE office of hearings and appeals and as deputy assistant general counsel for interpretations and rulings. Charles R. Shockey of Bracewell & Patterson was formerly DOE’s assistant director of hearings and appeals; Richard used to be a DOE enforcement and policy man. The oleaginous conference chairman, William F. Cockrell Jr., now of Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson, used to be a DOE hearing officer. We all know what Lynn “Vinson, Elkins” Coleman used to practice before he became DOE’s general counsel. It appears that “government service” is nothing more than minor league training you undergo before you’re called up to pitch for the majors and make the megabucks in the Big League Hardball Game where fees run $150 an hour. The typical conference registrantat man, Dyessurged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to adopt a rule that ensured $1 billion a year in extra profits for the natural gas industry. The commission complied. Demarest’s testimony carried considerable weight, because he had almost singlehandedly drafted the Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978 and the commissioners were trying to interpret a key pricing provision of that act. “There was no impropriety,” Demarest said later. “The firm I now work for was not directly involved in the proceedings.” least the 90 percent who were not government employeesworked in the legal department of an oil company \(Arco, Mobil, Gulf, Phillips, Standard, Shell, firm like Touche Ross, a large law firm, oroccasionallya smaller petroleum outfit. He was youngish, wore modish sideburns and carefully styled mid-earlength hair, and talked about his tennis game when he wasn’t saying earnestly, “I’d really like to interface with you on CFR Number Something” or “Have you been impacted much by the EIS requirement?” He came on supportively with his female counterpart \(about a complinienting her on her present position with, say, Diamond Shamrock, noting how much he respects female lawyers, perhaps citing a fierce and successful woman he knew in law school. She, typically Dressed for Success to within an inch of her life, tended toward the no-nonsense, firm-footed stance and the hearty, tough-lady laugh, although I did see one young woman from Amarillo wearing outdated Farrah-hair, a loose frilly dress, and circles of too much blusher on each cheek. At a cocktail party, she was being efficiently taken in by a man from New York who talked not very convincingly about his mother and kept refilling her glass. This kind of oil company employee doesn’t have the education, refinement, and general couth of a Rockefeller or Armand Hammer, is likely to think of high culture as getting drunk at Cowboy and “dancing Texan,” but he does share one intellectual tenet with his employer: a belief in the rightness, the justness, the outright goodness of his activity, a con viction that transcends mere confidence and thus is inaccessible to ordinary ap peals. He knows who he works for: an oil company. He knows what his em ployer wants: to make heaps of money. This is not, to him, an embarrassing de sire. Far from it. He sees this ambition so clearly as part of the natural order of the universe that only when very hard pressed will he fall into the “public serv ice” propaganda emanating from his own advertising department. This visionary individual doesn’t swallow the bilge water about “providing jobs” or “keep ing America running.” The fact that oil companies make enormous profits is to him a source of pride and satisfaction, and he is even slightly bewildered that everyone doesn’t agree. I began ques tioning the Mobil man sitting next to me about his company’s extraordinary re cent performance, hinting that there was such a thing as inordinate greed. He lis tened to me and finally said, patiently 8 FEBRUARY 29, 1980
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