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The Oil Man Cometh

How much more obvious does Bush's greed have to be?
These are good times if you are an Oil Man. The automakers are churning out bigger and meaner engines every day - V8s, V10s, V12s, turbo-diesels, superchargers, all of which cause modern automobiles to go through more gasoline than they did even thirty years ago. But gas mileage is a personal virtue, as Vice Presiden't Dick Cheney has declared, and has no bearing on the energy policies of today.

That shows up in the Bush Administration's actions of late. As mentioned in this space not long ago, the Presiden't has approved sweeping tax deductions on "small business" purchases of large pickup trucks and SUVs. This will bring the actual cost to your average fleet owner down to about 15 percent of the retail price per vehicle. And for every piston stroke after the day they take delivery on their new rigs, Bush's friends and family will get richer and richer.

This is borne out already by the statistics. From January through October of 2002, there was an increased amount of gasoline pumped in this country, with 65 million more gallons sold than there were from January through October 2001. If you consider the average price per gallon onto that up-tick, and extrapolate the averages to equal a full year, you'll find that Americans paid out over a hundred million dollars more at the pumps than they did the year before, without even considering price fluctuations - and that was before Bush started giving away gas guzzlers.

That equals quite a windfall, not only for the Oil Man, but for the state and federal government as well. With the federal tax on gasoline set at 18.4 cents per gallon, and the state average at a hair under twenty cents a gallon (diesel fuel is taxed at an even higher rate, but let's keep it simple for you), tax revenues from gasoline sales increased by over 25 million dollars. So here we are, doing our part, supporting both the Oil Man and the government, in the midst of a horrible economy. That's money out of your pocket, and into Uncle Sam's, and also into Uncle Sam's best friend's pocket. And that's just the stuff you don't notice.

Perhaps you did notice that George W. Bush just approved $200,000,000 in spending to help those in the Northeast (what Don Rumsfeld would call "Old America") purchase the heating oil they need for their homes, and to pay for weatherproofing and other virtuous forms of conservation. With prices off the normal charts, and with a cold snap gripping the country, this would be good policy if it involved the use of anything but good-ol' boy fuel oil. But what has transpired is obvious. Bush has taken two hundred million dollars out of the taxpayers' pockets and given it to his friends, period.

Then there's the Haliburton deal, wherein Cheney's former business partners stand to make some pretty hefty government money by managing the Iraqi oil fields in the coming months. That's also a classic case of Bush taking your money and giving it to the Oil Man. Haliburton, by the way, was the company that sold tens of millions of dollars' worth of equipment to Saddam Hussein to build his oil fields in the first place, back when we liked the guy because he was killing Iranians, back when tens of millions of dollars was still a lot of money.

Overall, the transparency of scrimshaw covering Bush's motives should be enough to tell the whole story of the man. In a word: Greed. Pure, malicious, unadulterated greed, the kind that certainly deserves a place in American business, but has absolutely no business being in government. The purpose of government, you may have forgotten, is to serve and protect, not to line its own pockets at the people's expense. That is what makes George W. Bush the worst president in the history of the United States, worse than Herbert Hoover, worse than Ulysses S. Grant, worse than Bill Clinton (and history will show that Clinton did pretty well). When the numbers are added up, even if he only gets one term in office, you will see that Bush did more damage to this country, and created more societal divides, than anyone ever thought possible.

Actually, I believe he had already achieved that status, even before September 11th, when he sat back and watched his good friends in the energy industry gouge California for billions of dollars, sinking that state into an economic black hole that conservatives wish could be laid at the feet of its governor. But it was Bush backers like Enron and Duke that cashed in at California's expense, even to the point of rolling blackouts. The fact that such shortages haven't occurred since 9/11 proves that it was a manufactured crisis to begin with. With our national security on the line, all the energy shenanigans stopped. And the damage was already done.

I've seen the call go out already, and now I'm officially chiming in. For the rack and ruin he has caused this wonderful country, George W. Bush must be impeached and removed from office, and his network of greed must be extricated from our government, root and branch, as far down the chain as it can be found. It is no less important to this country's survival than is stopping terrorism. The Oil Man is no less dangerous than that.

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Paul, what have you been smoking? 25.Jan.2003 15:01

Bush Admirer

Who put you up to this Paul? Surely you can't be serious!

Clinton was the worst President in US history. GW Bush is the biggest upgrade term to term in US history.

What I like most about GWB is that he's a straight shooter who doesn't try to bullshit us like his predecessor did. Whatever GWB says can be taken to the bank. He speaks his mind and he says what he means.

Your imagination is alive and well, but your conclusions are entirely wrong. GWB is a great President and one that you should support and stand behind.

And Paul 25.Jan.2003 15:02

Bush Admirer

And Paul, it's not about oil, and it's not about greed. It's about shutting down terrorists, shutting down havens for terrorists, shutting down financiers of terrorists, and making America a safer place. Do you have a problem with that?

He's Back 25.Jan.2003 18:30

Sean Henderson lohan1@msn.com

Bush Admirer is back to bring us the same information that the Republican party pushes day in and out, I guess he feels it's his duty to make sure that we get the info.

Well Bush Admirer it is thought-provoking, it inspires me to become more vigilant against Republikan policies.

'Bu$h Admirer' what have YOU been smoking? 26.Jan.2003 00:23

propaganda sterilizer

QUOTE FROM 'BU$H ADMIRER':
"What I like most about GWB is that he's a straight shooter who doesn't try to bullshit us like his predecessor did. Whatever GWB says can be taken to the bank. He speaks his mind and he says what he means."

 http://portland.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=41882&group=webcast

 http://portland.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=41960&group=webcast

 http://www.startribune.com/stories/721/3607732.html

 http://www.mediawhoresonline.com/

Backdrop for President Bush Speech Hides `Made in China' Labels

Backdrop Hides `Made in China' Labels

The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS Jan. 22
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Someone went to great lengths to ensure the backdrop for President Bush's sales pitch Wednesday on his economic stimulus plan sent all the right messages and none of the wrong.

Bush delivered his remarks from a warehouse floor at JS Logistics, a trucking, courier and warehouse business that provided a visual image for his argument that his proposal carries economy-boosting benefits for small businesses. The audience was flanked on all sides by piles of cardboard boxes with additional piles in front of and behind his podium.

Each one of the hundreds of boxes had a piece of paper obscuring its "Made in China" label.

White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan laughingly attributed the clearly gargantuan paper-affixing effort to an "overzealous volunteer" on the president's advance team.

A backdrop made-to-order for the White House filled the space directly behind Bush, which is most likely to show up on TV news clips of the event. Blaring a logo of "Strengthening America's Economy," it exactly mimicked the real-life box piles, down to perfectly aligned shelves.

Except the boxes on the backdrop were labeled, "Made in the USA."

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'Bu$h Admirer' what have YOU been smoking?
'Bu$h Admirer' what have YOU been smoking?

Bu$h Admirer SMOKES CRACK 26.Jan.2003 00:38

propaganda sterilizer

QUOTE FROM 'BU$H ADMIRER':
"What I like most about GWB is that he's a straight shooter who doesn't try to bullshit us like his predecessor did. Whatever GWB says can be taken to the bank. He speaks his mind and he says what he means."

 http://portland.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=41882&group=webcast

 http://portland.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=41960&group=webcast

 http://www.startribune.com/stories/721/3607732.html

 http://www.mediawhoresonline.com/

Backdrop for President Bush Speech Hides `Made in China' Labels

Backdrop Hides `Made in China' Labels

The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS Jan. 22
 http://printerfriendly.abcnews.com/printerfriendly/Print?fetchFromGLUE=true&GLUEService=ABCNewsCom

Someone went to great lengths to ensure the backdrop for President Bush's sales pitch Wednesday on his economic stimulus plan sent all the right messages and none of the wrong.

Bush delivered his remarks from a warehouse floor at JS Logistics, a trucking, courier and warehouse business that provided a visual image for his argument that his proposal carries economy-boosting benefits for small businesses. The audience was flanked on all sides by piles of cardboard boxes with additional piles in front of and behind his podium.

Each one of the hundreds of boxes had a piece of paper obscuring its "Made in China" label.

White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan laughingly attributed the clearly gargantuan paper-affixing effort to an "overzealous volunteer" on the president's advance team.

A backdrop made-to-order for the White House filled the space directly behind Bush, which is most likely to show up on TV news clips of the event. Blaring a logo of "Strengthening America's Economy," it exactly mimicked the real-life box piles, down to perfectly aligned shelves.

Except the boxes on the backdrop were labeled, "Made in the USA."

Bu$h Admirer SMOKES CRACK
Bu$h Admirer SMOKES CRACK

you discredit your case 26.Jan.2003 04:07

Evil Capitalist

Making ad hominem attacks when you are challenged only shows you have no real intellegent argument.

umm... 26.Jan.2003 08:41

this thing here

... spewing flatulent propaganda when YOU are challenged shows that YOU are the one with no case.

US buys up Iraqi oil to stave off crisis 26.Jan.2003 12:56

Faisal Islam and Nick Paton Walsh

Facing its most chronic shortage in oil stocks for 27 years, the US has this month turned to an unlikely source of help - Iraq.

Weeks before a prospective invasion of Iraq, the oil-rich state has doubled its exports of oil to America, helping US refineries cope with a debilitating strike in Venezuela.
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US buys up Iraqi oil to stave off crisis
 http://www.observer.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,882512,00.html

Seizing reserves will be an allied priority if forces go in

Faisal Islam and Nick Paton Walsh in Moscow
Sunday January 26, 2003
The Observer

Facing its most chronic shortage in oil stocks for 27 years, the US has this month turned to an unlikely source of help - Iraq.

Weeks before a prospective invasion of Iraq, the oil-rich state has doubled its exports of oil to America, helping US refineries cope with a debilitating strike in Venezuela.

After the loss of 1.5 million barrels per day of Venezuelan production in December the oil price rocketed, and the scarcity of reserves threatened to do permanent damage to the US oil refinery and transport infrastructure. To keep the pipelines flowing, President Bush stopped adding to the 700m barrel strategic reserve.

But ultimately oil giants such as Chevron, Exxon, BP and Shell saved the day by doubling imports from Iraq from 0.5m barrels in November to over 1m barrels per day to solve the problem. Essentially, US importers diverted 0.5m barrels of Iraqi oil per day heading for Europe and Asia to save the American oil infrastructure.

The trade, though bizarre given current Pentagon plans to launch around 300 cruise missiles a day on Iraq, is legal under the terms of UN's oil for food programme.

But for opponents of war, it shows the unspoken aim of military action in Iraq, which has the world's second largest proven reserves - some 112 billion barrels, and at least another 100bn of unproven reserves, according to the US Department of Energy. Iraqi oil is comparatively simple to extract - less than $1 per barrel, compared with $6 a barrel in Russia. Soon, US and British forces could be securing the source of that oil as a priority in the war strategy. The Iraqi fields south of Basra produce prized 'sweet crudes' that are simpler to refine.

On Friday, Pentagon sources said US military planners 'have crafted strategies that will allow us to secure and protect those fields as rapidly as possible in order to then preserve those prior to destruction'.

The US military says this is a security issue rather than a grab for oil, after a 'variety of intelligence sources' indicated that Saddam planned to damage or destroy his oil fields - which would inflict up to $30bn damage on the US economy and cause irreparable environmental damage.

But the prospect of British and US commandos claiming key oil installations around Basra by force has pushed global oil diplomacy into overdrive. International oil companies have been jockeying position to secure concessions before 'regime change'.

Last weekend a Russian delegation flew to Baghdad to patch up relations after Iraq's cancellation of its five-year-old contract to develop the huge West Qurna oil field - worth up to $600bn at today's oil price. Lukoil was punished by Baghdad for negotiating with the US and Iraqi exiles on keeping its concession in a post-Saddam Iraq.

The delegation of Ministers and oil executives returned to Moscow with three signed contracts. Oil is the state budget's lifeblood, and Russia requires an oil price of at least $18. Russians fear a US grip on a large reserve of cheap oil could send prices tumbling.

But Saddam has offered lucrative contracts to companies from France, China, India and Indonesia as well as Russia.

It is only the oil majors based in Britain and America - now the leading military hawks - that don't have current access to Iraqi contracts.

Richard Lugar, the hawkish chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, suggests reluctant Europeans risk losing out on oil contracts. 'The case he had made is that the Russians and the French, if they want to have a share in the oil operations or concessions or whatever afterward, they need to be involved in the effort to depose Saddam as well,' said Lugar's spokesman.

A delegation of senior US Republicans was in Moscow last Tuesday trying to persuade Kremlin officials and oil companies that a war in Iraq would not compromise their concessions. A leaked oil analyst report from Deutsche Bank said ExxonMobil was in 'pole position in a changed-regime Iraq'.

Washington is split along hawk-dove lines about the role of oil in a post-Saddam Iraq. Two sets of meetings sponsored by the State Department and Vice-President Dick Cheney's staff have been attended by representatives of ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco, ConocoPhilips and Halliburton, the company that Cheney ran before his election.

The dovish line, led by Colin Powell, places the emphasis on 'protection' of Iraq's oil for Iraq's people. His State Department has pointed to a precedent in the US interpretation of international law set in the 1970s. Then, when Israel occupied Egypt's Sinai desert, the US did not support attempts to transfer oil resources.

While the State Department is mindful of cynical world opinion about US war aims, officials do not always stick to the script. Grant Aldonas, Under Secretary at the US Department of Commerce, said war 'would open up this spigot on Iraqi oil which certainly would have a profound effect in terms of the performance of the world economy for those countries that are manufacturers and oil consumers'.

The US economy will announce zero growth this week, prolonging three years of sluggish performance. Cheap oil would boost an economy importing half of its daily consumption of 20m barrels.

But a cheaper oil price could have been reached more easily by lifting sanctions and giving the US oil majors access to Iraq's untapped reserves.

Instead, war stands to give control over the oil price to 'new Iraq' and its sponsors, with Saudi Arabia losing its capacity to control prices by altering productive capacity.

Paul Wolfowitz, Assistant Defence Secretary, and Richard Perle, a key Pentagon adviser, see military action as part of a grand plan to reshape the Middle East.

To this end, control of Iraqi oil needs to bypass the twin tyrannies of UN control and regional fragmentation into Sunni, Shia and Kurdish supplies. The neo-conservatives plan a market structure based on bypassing the state-owned Iraqi National Oil Company and backing new free-market Iraqi companies.

But, in the run-up to war, the US oil majors will this week report a big leap in profits. ChevronTexaco is to report a 300 per cent rise. Chevron used to employ the hawkish Condoleezza Rice, Bush's National Security Adviser, as a member of its board.

Five years ago the then Chevron chief executive Kenneth Derr, a colleague of Rice, said: 'Iraq possesses huge reserves of oil and gas - reserves I'd love Chevron to have access to.'

If US and UK forces have victory in Iraq, the battle for its oil will have only begun.


Exxon's pole position for Iraqi crude 26.Jan.2003 13:02

Mark Ellis And Gary Jones

... US energy giant ExxonMobil is already in "pole position" in the race for Iraq's liquid gold. Oil industry analysts at Deutsche Bank recommend buying ExxonMobil shares despite worldwide uncertainty on the stock markets. Their advice is contained in a 35-page internal document leaked to the Daily Mirror ... Deutsche Bank experts in London, Edinburgh and New York believe ExxonMobil is ideally positioned to get new reserves after Saddam is toppled. Their report notes: "Exxon Mobil's status as the largest US oil company gives it major weight with the US government. The company may find itself in pole position in changed-regime Iraq." Yesterday the bank admitted their report was "very sensitive", saying: "This was for our clients and not for the media."
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US ADMIT PLAN TO SNATCH IRAQI OIL FIELDS
US will shield Iraq's oilfields from the hellfires of Saddam
Exclusive By Mark Ellis And Gary Jones
Daily Mirror
January 25, 2003
 http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/allnews/page.cfm?objectid=12568779&method=full&siteid=50143

AMERICA admitted last night that any attack on Iraq is geared to oil.

A senior US defence official admitted the US had secret plans to protect the country's oilfields from Saddam Hussein's revenge.

He added that military planners had "crafted strategies that will allow us to secure and protect those fields as rapidly as possible".

Intelligence reports show Saddam is plotting to damage or destroy oilfields if his country is attacked.

Iraqi forces set fire to Kuwaiti oilfields while retreating during the 1991 Gulf War, causing an economic and environmental disaster.

The Mirror revealed this week that the task of seizing the fields will go to British troops to squash suggestions of a US "oil grab".

But, it emerged yesterday, US energy giant ExxonMobil is already in "pole position" in the race for Iraq's liquid gold.

Oil industry analysts at Deutsche Bank recommend buying ExxonMobil shares despite worldwide uncertainty on the stock markets.

Their advice is contained in a 35-page internal document leaked to the Daily Mirror.

Last night, Friends of the Earth said: "Oil, oil, oil...that's what this is all about. America wants to get its hands on as much of the stuff as possible - and Iraq has the second biggest reserves in the world."

Deutsche Bank experts in London, Edinburgh and New York believe ExxonMobil is ideally positioned to get new reserves after Saddam is toppled.

Their report notes: "Exxon Mobil's status as the largest US oil company gives it major weight with the US government. The company may find itself in pole position in changed-regime Iraq."

Yesterday the bank admitted their report was "very sensitive", saying: "This was for our clients and not for the media."

Executives of Texas-based ExxonMobil and other American oil companies are already reported to have had talks with the US administration about how to rebuild the Iraqi oil industry. Oil chiefs say there is a desperate need to find another 80million barrels a day to meet demand.

Iraqi's assets have been estimated at 112billion barrels, about a tenth of known reserves and second only to Saudi Arabia.

UN experts are preparing to report to the Security Council in New York on Monday on their search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

The International Atomic Energy Agency will give a "quite satisfactory" B-grade for co-operation, despite the need for improvement. Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei will tell the Council that Saddam's government has provided good access to inspectors.

But he will also say the Iraqis "need to help themselves by coming forward with evidence rather than waiting for the inspectors to sniff it out" and ask for more time.

One Washington official said the US was now considering extending inspections in an effort to ward off criticism it is rushing into war.

President Bush will use his State of the Union speech on Tuesday to prepare Americans for conflict, the White House said.

But he is not expected to declare war or issue an ultimatum. A spokesman said: "He will talk about the direct threat Iraq poses due to WMD. It's a speech to continue to educate the public."

As tension mounted around the world, 122 Democrats in the House of Representatives signed a letter urging Bush to give UN weapons inspectors a chance to complete their work before any strike.

In New York, 100 law professors warned Bush he could be prosecuted for war crimes if military tactics violated international humanitarian law.

US embassies worldwide were told to be ready to quit their countries at short notice yesterday.

The State Department did not confirm the move was linked to war with Iraq. A spokesman said: "We're reminding people to take appropriate precautions.'

It was also revealed every police officer in Britain will be issued with guidance on dealing with suicide bombers.

Exxon's pole position for Iraqi crude
Exxon's pole position for Iraqi crude

B.A. 27.Jan.2003 16:54

dj tubesteak

"It's about shutting down terrorists, shutting down havens for terrorists, shutting down financiers of terrorists, and making America a safer place"

BA, you should give me a call; I have a bridge I'd like to sell you.