klaberIf you are involved in fighting the frack, you are probably aware of who the woman pictured on the left.  If not – it’s Kathryn Klaber, Executive Director of the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC).

Or should I say the soon to be former Executive Director of the Marcellus Shale Coalition.

Soon to be former? YEP, MSC announced this week that Kathryn “JOBS JOBS JOBS” Klaber will be leaving “some time within the next few months”.

However, before you start singing Ding-Dong the Witch is Dead, just because one Executive Director is gone doesn’t mean the entire natural gas industry funded front group is gone.  It’s just going to be a name change on the Executive Director’s office door.

What will be the new name on the office door?  We don’t know, MSC is planning on conduction a nationwide search.  This says to me, there is no one currently with MSC who is “qualified” or interested in the position.

My guess is the new MSC Executive Director will be plucked from lobbying industry, and given the industry’s tendency to be enamored by appearances; it may even be a former beauty queen.

A couple of posshopperibilities may be Regina Hooper and Brooke Alexander.

America’s Natural Gas Association (ANGA) is another industry front group co-founded by the former Chesapeake Energy CEO, Aubrey McClendon.

A few day prior to the Chesapeake announcing Aubrey McClendon’s “cvoluntary early retirement”, Regina Hopper resigned as ANGA CEO.  Hopper was a Miss Arkansas in 1983 (In  2009, Hopper returned as emcee of the show).  She later joined the Miss America Board of Directors.

Another former beauty queen for ANGA is Brooke Alexander.  You probably know her best from ANGA TV Commercials. brooke1

In 1980 she was Miss Hawaii World, later crowned Miss World America, giving her the right to compete in the 1980 Miss World pageant where she placed as 6th runner-up.

She is best known for her role as con-artist Samantha Markham in As the World Turns (1994–1996), and seems to have put that acting experience to work as the ANGA spokeswoman.

Either women would be able to handle the MSC Executive Director position.

Based on assessing Klaber’s past performances, all that is needed is to smile and say “JOBS JOBS JOBS” as many times as possible when talking about fracking the Marcellus Shale.

Meanwhile, where will Klaber end up?  Probably in Washington DC as a lobbyist, because as you see, the Natural Gas does create jobs, just not the ones we would expect.

© 2013 by Dory Hippauf


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