It's been virtually quiet around West Texas' corner of the blogosphere about Bill Richardson's potential impact on the energy industry, once he made the move from Santa Fe to Washington.
Maybe that will change, now that said move has apparently been called off.
According to this report from NBC News, "New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, tapped in December by President-elect Barack Obama to serve as secretary of Commerce, has withdrawn his name for the position, citing a pending investigation into a company that has done business with his state"
Considering the role of the oil-and-gas industry in the Permian Basin economy, and the impact Governor Richardson's had on the industry at the state level, I'm surprised there hasn't been much discussion among local online punditz about his possible impact at the national level. There's certainly been plenty of actual discussion, among real people, about the impact his state's policies have had upon exploration and development in the Land of Enchantment ... often ending with some variation of, 'Dang! What if he becomes energy secretary?'
We'll never now ... for now, at least.