Indeed, actual experience in the energy business appears to be grounds for disqualification.
UPDATE: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Avnon was rebuffed simply on the grounds that he is Israeli.
So his argument here is the equivalent of a person who killed his parents begging for clemency on the grounds of being an orphan.
Five months later, the partially nude body of Verna Williams was discovered on the grounds of 68th Street Elementary School.
Certainly nothing worth cheering, but definitely not grounds for an attempted revolt by far right Congressmen.
Standing on the grounds does not spoil the flavor of coffee as it does tea.
His house was mean, and he did not improve it; his care was of his grounds.
There are no grounds therefore for supposing that the interior parts of China are deserts.
We have no grounds for confidence in these ruling tendencies of our time.
There is a portion of truth in this statement of the matter, and in the grounds assigned for it.
Old English grund "bottom, foundation, ground, surface of the earth," especially "bottom of the sea" (a sense preserved in run aground), from Proto-Germanic *grundus, which seems to have meant "deep place" (cf. Old Frisian, Old Saxon, Danish, Swedish grund, Dutch grond, Old High German grunt, German Grund "ground, soil, bottom;" Old Norse grunn "a shallow place," grund "field, plain," grunnr "bottom"). No known cognates outside Germanic. Sense of "reason, motive" first attested c.1200; electrical sense is from 1870.
mid-13c., "to put on the ground, to strike down to the ground," from ground (n.). Of ships, "to run into the ground," from mid-15c. Meaning "to base" (an argument, sermon, etc.) is late 14c. Meaning "deny privileges" is 1940s, originally a punishment meted out to pilots (in which sense it is attested from 1930). Related: Grounded; grounding.
"reduced to fine particles by grinding," 1765, past participle adjective from grind.