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The White House did not respond to queries from POLITICO about why the public and press were excluded from the discussion, which took place at the Energy Department.
During Obama's first bid for the White House, the freshman senator complained about then-Vice President Dick Cheney's private meetings with energy industry representatives.
"The oil companies were allowed to craft energy policy with Dick Cheney in secret while every other voice was silenced including the NASA scientists who tried to warn us about the dangers of climate change," Obama said in a June 2007 campaign speech. "When there are meetings between lobbyists and a government agency, we won't be going to the Supreme Court to keep it secret like Dick Cheney and his energy task force, we'll be putting it up on the Internet for every American to watch."