Indian-American Appointed To Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Washington: An Indian-American, Neil Chatterjee, was appointed by the US President Donald Trump to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Commission oversees electricity, natural gas and oil at the national level.
The appointment of Neil is yet to be confirmed by the Senate. Incidentally, Neil is the second Indian American to be appointed by Trump to an important regulatory position. He is likely to play a vital role in reshaping energy policy programme. This controversial mission is opposed by environmentalists and Democrats.
The other American Indian Ajit Pai was appointed as Federal Communications Commission. He is leading the government’s drive to end net neutrality, a policy that prevents internet service providers from giving special treatment to preferred web companies.
Chatterjee acted as the energy policy advisor to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and helped shape energy legislation.
He backed the Senator’s campaign against regulations to restrict the use of coal for electricity generation.
A lawyer by profession, he started his career as an intern with the House Works and Means Committee.
Between his jobs on Congressional staff, he was a lobbyist for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
Chatterjee’s parents worked in cancer research at Lexington, Kentucky. He was brought up there. He is married with two sons and a daughter.
He is likely to deal with Trump’s plans to allow the construction of the keystone pipeline to carry crude oil from Canada to Texas in the US and other gas pipeline projects. The Keystone project was stopped by former President Barack Obama.