Does William K. Reilly face a conflict of interest with his new position as co-chair of the oil spill commission? As several others have suggested already, there may be tension between his task to issue recommendations on how to prevent the next oil spill disaster and his position as board member for ConocoPhillips.
But whether or not this works against taxpayer interests, at the very least, President Obama's decision to appoint Reilly demonstrates yet again how heavily the government relies on industry expertise in its response to the disaster. Which, as emptywheel points out, makes you wonder if the commission's findings will be foregone conclusions.
Former Senator Bob Graham is the other co-chair to the commission.
-- Bryan Rahija