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Big Oil's Little Tea Party
10 Oct 2001
BIG OIL'S ENERGY POLICY MAY WELL SAIL THROUGH THE SENATE TO THE TUNE OF GOD BLESS AMERICA, WRAPPED SECURELY IN THE FLAG

Iím assuming most of you folks arenít surprised that a room full of executives from Big Oil fabricated the National Energy Policy that the present occupant of the White House foisted on the U.S. public late this past spring. After all, Vice Rresident Dick Cheney, who headed the task force, and George W. are all about fossil fuels.
George Junior, as Director of Harken Energy Corp. and son of oilman, former CIA Director and former U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush, has made a tidy profit in the oil business over the years, even with failed, but somehow profitable ventures and questions of SEC insider trading violations! In fact, the Bush familyís government connections and their oil business profits place them on what might be termed the shaky Dome of a Teapot, pretty near the boiling point.
Dick Cheneyís tenure as CEO of big-time oil equipment supplier, Haliburton, Inc. (the fifth largest military contractor in the U.S.) puts HIM squarely in bed with Big Oil. Cheney scored a $34 million retirement package from Haliburton, a company that does business with some, if not all, of the worst dictatorial regimes on the planet. Haliburtonís list of customers reads like an Amnesty International roster of chronic human rights violators, not to mention destroyers of the biosphere and all-around enemies of the Earth. Interestingly, Haliburton contracted with Iraq to rebuild its oil infrastructure after Bush Seniorís Gulf War destroyed it, but non-governmental organizations that donít earn a dime in commerce canít even send Clorox to Iraqi hospitals!
So, you tell me, does Big Oil have a seat at the table in the White House? Seat? Theyíve got nearly the whole table! It looks like everyone else is in the kitchen eating with the help! [Itís a pretty safe bet that reduced energy consumption, solar panels, and wind turbines were not items up for much, if any, discussion with BIG OIL at the table. Itís said that not one environmentalist was in attendance.]
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