President-elect Barack Obama's choice for chief of staff may become a powerful ally to the natural gas industry in Oklahoma and the nation. Congressman Rahm Emanuel of Illinois has accepted Obama's offer to take the highly coveted position.
Earlier this year Emanuel and Congressman Dan Boren of Oklahoma co-sponsored legislation to expand the use of natural gas-powered vehicles. Emmanuel also appeared at a news conference about natural gas supplies and usage with Aubrey McClendon who is chief executive officer of Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy. Chesapeake vice president Tom Price says it "could be quite advantageous" to have Emanuel in the White House when Obama is creating an energy policy.
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