Chevron lawyer criticizes U. of O. professor’s pursuit of transparency

Today’s editorial in the Bend Bulletin:

A small exchange in court in Salem on Wednesday spoke volumes about the public’s right to know how its money is spent under Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program.

Lawyers representing The Bulletin and the state of Oregon were in the courtroom of Marion County Circuit Judge Mary Mertens James to argue that records about the program should be released. Chevron and REG, an Iowa biofuels company, said no.

Chevron’s attorney took some time to belittle University of Oregon economist Bill Harbaugh. His analysis had helped the state determine the records should be released.

The attorney pointed out that Harbaugh makes a lot of public records requests. That pretty much tells you everything you need to know about Chevron: It doesn’t like it when members of the public ask a lot of questions. …

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