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Petroleum Lobby Joins Newsweek To Host Climate Change Conference

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Unlikely duo Newsweek magazine and the American Petroleum Institute will host an exclusive event for lawmakers focused on climate change and energy issues, reports Talking Points Memo.

"Climate and Energy Policy: Moving?" will feature AIP's CEO, Jack Gerard, and Newsweek columnist Howard Fineman will moderate the discussion. It isn't clear if the discussion is on or off the record.API spent $2.1 million lobbying the federal government and the Environmental Protection Agency in the third quarter of this year, according to lobbying disclosure reports -- positioning itself as a staunch opponent of climate change legislation. The organization has been featured in both positive and critical coverage ,by Newsweek as the debate on climate change legislation intensifies.

In February 2008 the magazine and AIP joined to host a discussion entitled "Globalization Trends and Energy and the Growing Competition for Resources."

Here's complete version of the invitation sent out by Newsweek:

Dear XXX,

The editors of Newsweek cordially invite you to attend Newsweek's Executive Forum entitled, Climate and Energy Policy: Moving? This Capitol Hill policy forum is scheduled on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at XXX in the XXX in the United States Capitol.
There will be an informal reception immediately following the discussion.

The panel discussion will be moderated Howard Fineman, Newsweek National-Affairs Columnist and Senior Washington Correspondent with special guest panelist Jack Gerard, President & Chief Executive Officer of American Petroleum Institute (API). Newsweek is also honored to have forum invitations currently pending confirmation with notable members of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.

These additional program announcements will be made in the coming days and you will be apprised of these updates.

Newsweek is pleased to be co-hosting this panel discussion with API. To R.S.V.P. please click the below link and register for the event.

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Please don't hesitate to let us know if you need additional information or have further questions.

We look forward to hosting you on Tuesday, December 1 and value your continued interest in energy issues of importance.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Slattery

Manager, Newsweek External Relations