U.S. energy secretary criticized by advocacy groups for ‘redlining’ comment

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette speaks with journalists during a roundtable in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 2, 2020. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Liberal groups criticized U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette on Tuesday for a comment they interpreted as comparing the reluctance of some banks to finance fossil fuels projects with discrimination against minorities.

The environmental advocacy group League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and consumer rights group Public Citizen both called for Brouillette to resign over comments in an interview with Axios on Monday.

Energy Department spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes labeled those calls “ridiculous” and said

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U.S. SEC official urges delay in public comment on agency rule changes

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FILE PHOTO: Commissioner Allison Lee participates in a U.S Securities and Exchange Commission open meeting to propose changing its decades-old definition of an “accredited investor” in order to allow more Americans to buy shares in private companies, in Washington, U.S., December 18, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s lone Democratic commissioner on Friday called for a delay in pending rule changes due to the coronavirus outbreak, while cautioning against excessive regulatory relief in the rush to assist companies struggling with fallout from the pandemic.

Commissioner Allison Lee said the agency ought to allow

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