This Game Is Rigged

Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 3.44.14 PMby Anne Meador of DCMediaGroup

FERC Commissioner Philip Moeller attended his last public meeting yesterday before he quits the agency at the end of the month. The White House has not yet nominated a replacement.

Moeller may have given us a little insight into just what kind of person presides over electrical utility markets and interstate gas infrastructure permits. If they’re anything like Moeller, they’re not just bureaucrats–they’re GEEKS.

Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 3.48.39 PMLast March, Commissioner Moeller thrilled his Twitter followers while indulging in an ultra-geek fantasy: He photoshopped himself into a promotional poster for the hit TV show “Game of Thrones,” altering it into an invitation to a FERC technical conference.

Moeller sits on the “Iron Throne,” wearing leather jacket, gloves and boots and clutching a sword. His bespectacled face replaces brooding actor Sean Bean in the original.

Like any geek, Moeller gets in as many references as possible in his Tweet, as well as a self-deprecating pun about his receding hair line!

@PMoellerFERC In honor of @ErnestMoniz, hair is some encouragement to attend FERC’s Eastern regional tech conf on 111d.

 

(Ernest Moniz is the Secretary Energy and well-known for his thick hair cut in a bob. The long hair in the photo surpasses Moeller’s own.)

The text of the photo reads:

GAME OF REGULATIONS
WINTER IS HERE AND SO IS THE EPA’S RULE.
YOU CAN SEND A RAVEN.

BUT THE HOUSE OF MOELLER ENCOURAGES YOU TO ATTEND FERC’S TECHNICAL CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS THIS MATTER.

“Game of Regulations” sounds like a pretty accurate way to describe FERC’s rigged process, but we never expected a Commissioner to admit it.

Maybe Moeller should think twice before he leaves FERC. He may never rule from an Iron Throne like that again.

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