Frank Maisano, an energy lobbyist who has worked with utilities and other companies, said Bay's departure "only underscores the need to get a new slate of FERC commissioners in place as quickly as possible."
"I see where we've been. When we're having this denier-hoax debate, we're not getting at the core issue: What can we do about climate change? And that's a question where there are a lot of different opinions," said Frank Maisano, a communications specialist at Washington's Bracewell LLP law firm who has represented both oil and gas companies and the renewable energy sector. "This kind of communication, where you talk about climate change as something that's an issue you have to deal with but what to do about it becomes a bigger question, that's where we want to focus. Once you get into that game, you're on a much more level playing field."