Trump Taps Indian American Attorney Neil Chatterjee for Key Energy Post

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said May 8 he intends to nominate Indian American attorney Neil Chatterjee to fill one of the vacancies on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees electricity, natural gas and oil at the national level.

Chatterjee will play a key role in Trump's program to reshape energy policy, most of which is opposed by environmentalists and Democrats, if his appointment is confirmed by the Senate, reports IANS.

He is the second Indian American to be tapped by Trump for a major regulatory position with a controversial mission.

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The other is Ajit Pai, current chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, who is spearheading the administration's drive to end net neutrality, a policy that prevents internet service providers from giving special treatment to preferred web companies.

Chatterjee holds the influential position of energy policy advisor to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and helped shape energy legislation.

His work backed the senator's campaign against regulations to restrict use of coal for electricity generation.

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