Ambitious Bode Leaving After Spotty Political Career

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) After 10 years of political ups in downs, Denise Bode is leaving as a member of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to head a foundation that will promote the use of natural gas.

“I think this is a wonderful opportunity to go change the world,” Bode said Friday as she announced she is resigning effective May 31 to form the American Clean Skies Foundation.

She said the new group will operate primarily in Washington, D.C., joining the national debate over climate change and energy. Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. will be among its sponsors.

Among the foundation’s top goals will be to persuade policymakers that natural gas offers the best solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Bode said.

Only 53, Bode has had a three decades of experience in the political realm.

She is a former Democrat who was general counsel to then-U.S. Sen. David Boren, specializing in energy and tax issues. Boren is now president of the University of Oklahoma. Read more…

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