Dow chief fends off Energy Secretary speculation

12 November 2008 23:43  [Source: ICIS news]

WASHINGTON (ICIS news)--Dow Chemical Chairman Andrew Liveris said on Wednesday he is honoured by Michigan news reports naming him as a potential choice to head the US Department of Energy but added he remains focused on leading Dow.

 

Liveris made the comment in response to reports by the Saginaw News and television station WNEM speculating whether he could be considered by President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team for the Energy Department top job.

 

The Dow chief executive said that he would be ready to assist the Obama administration in crafting energy policies for the US but that he remains committed to his responsibilities at the Midland, Michigan, chemical company.

 

“My focus is on leading the Dow Chemical Company and making our company competitive in this ever-changing and extremely challenging global economic environment,” he said.

 

Liveris added, however, that “There is no doubt that a sound and reasonable energy policy must be a priority for the Obama administration."

 

In a news interview earlier this year, Liveris noted that he is still an Australian national and is not eligible to vote in US elections. As a non-citizen, his appointment as a cabinet secretary would be problematic.

 

In addition, Liveris told USA Today that he and his wife had made campaign contributions to Obama opponents John McCain, Mitt Romney and Hilary Clinton.

 

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By: Staff Reporter
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