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Posted on May 30, 2007 READ MORE


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kucinich.us

Kucinich on ‘The Truth About Oil and Iraq’

Congressman Dennis Kucinich commandeered the House floor for an hour Wednesday to discuss “in detail the Congressional and White House efforts to privatize the oil of Iraq.”  Before he spoke, he announced the speech in a public e-mail.  The talk is excerpted here.

Posted on May 23, 2007 READ MORE


Cheney’s Fightin’ Words For Iran

Vice President Dick Cheney made the symbolic move of delivering a warning to Iran while aboard a nearby U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.  Cheney said the U.S. would use military force if necessary to prevent Iran from interfering with oil trade or “gaining nuclear weapons and dominating this region.”

Posted on May 12, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. and Iran Vie for Gulf Allies

The Gulf nations of the Mideast have long been allies of the U.S. and Vice President Dick Cheney has been dispatched to make sure that doesn’t change, but Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is also visiting the region in an attempt to win over disgruntled governments. Mustafa Alani, a regional analyst, sums up how the Gulf is handling all the attention: “We have a deep mistrust of both sides.”

Posted on May 10, 2007 READ MORE


A Shining Light Goes Out in Africa

All 114 on board were killed in the crash of Kenyan Airlines Flight 507, including Anthony Mitchell, a brave journalist who risked his life to shine a light on often ignored Africa. Shortly before his death, Mitchell had revealed America’s use of secret Ethiopian prisons.

Posted on May 8, 2007 READ MORE


Saudis Arrest 172 in Anti-Terror Sweep

Saudi Arabian authorities say they have captured 172 militants who were planning a series of attacks around the country. The royal family began a more aggressive approach toward extremists, which it calls a “deviant group,” four years ago after attacks targeted the nation’s oil industry.

Posted on Apr 27, 2007 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad
news.bbc.co.uk

Iran’s Trump Card

Evidence of Iran’s influence over the global economy appeared Wednesday as the oil-rich nation agreed to release 15 British captives and petroleum prices consequently fell. If a relatively minor diplomatic dispute can perturb investors, imagine how invading or bombing Iran would affect global markets.

Posted on Apr 4, 2007 READ MORE


Waxman
washingtonpost.com

House Dems Grill White House Spin Man

Henry Waxman’s House committee put the irons to Philip A. Cooney on Monday. The former oil lobbyist who became chief of staff of the White House Council on Environmental Quality made hundreds of edits to government reports in order to downplay the link between fossil fuels and global warming.

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE


Dubai
smartstays.com

Halliburton Relocates to Dubai

Oil giant Halliburton has decided to move its headquarters to the United Arab Emirates in order to better exploit Mideast opportunities. The controversial company has had much success in the region, with no-bid contracts in Iraq helping it pull in $22.6 billion in global revenues in 2006.

Posted on Mar 11, 2007 READ MORE


Iraq oil
iraqdevelopmentprogram.org

Iraq Nears Oil Sharing Deal

The Iraqi Cabinet has approved an oil revenue sharing plan that would divide profits among the provinces based on population, and allow foreign oil companies unprecedented access to Iraq’s reserves. Distributing the wealth of Iraq’s natural resources has been a major political obstacle, as most of the nation’s current oil fields are in Shiite territory.

Posted on Feb 26, 2007 READ MORE


Iran Info From Top to Bottom

The Project on Defense Alternatives has collected more than 120 articles on Iran that offer “critical perspectives on the current crisis, its origins, and implications.” For information about U.S. foreign policy, oil geopolitics, war plans for Iran and much more, check it out.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


power lines
pbs.org

Who Are You Calling a Gas Guzzler?

Although California has a reputation for smog-choked freeways and self-indulgent excess, the Golden State consumes less energy per capita than any other state in the union. What’s the secret? A combination of tough regulation and high prices.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


Exxon Mobil Posts Record Profit

The oil company notched an annual profit of $39.5 billion, the largest ever by a U.S. company. You can leave your Ph.D. at home when connecting the dots between this and the Iraq war.

Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


Willie Nelson
AP Photo / Denis Poroy

Annie Nelson on the ‘Fuel That Doesn’t Kill Us’

Annie Nelson, wife of Willie Nelson and co-chairperson of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, speaks to Truthdig about stomaching the State of the Union and the myth that alternative fuels are years away.

Posted on Jan 28, 2007 READ MORE


Hugo Chavez
news.bbc.co.uk

Chavez Consolidates Power

Hugo Chavez has won preliminary approval to rule by decree for 18 months. The Venezuelan president has said he intends to enact sweeping reforms, including the elimination of term limits for the president and the nationalization of some key industries.

Posted on Jan 18, 2007 READ MORE


Oil Burning
AP / Bassem Daham

Petraeus! Is Baghdad Burning?

A retired U.S. Special Forces soldier takes an oil-filtered look at Bush’s “surge” plan for Iraq.

Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


Toyota Prius
autointell.de

Save Money and the Planet at the Same Time

The higher cost of hybrid cars is worth it in the long run, according to a comprehensive new study. When considering not just fuel economy but insurance, maintenance, depreciation and other factors, a Toyota Prius owner can expect to save $13,408 over five years, compared with a non-hybrid in the same class.

Posted on Jan 8, 2007 READ MORE


Stealing Iraq’s Oil

The Iraqi parliament is expected to vote on a U.S.-crafted law that would open the nation’s oil industry to exploitive foreign control. If the bill passes, it would give foreign investors up to 75 percent of Iraq’s oil profits until costs are recouped, and then twice the industry standard after that. This law is a naked admission that the U.S. invaded Iraq, at least in part, for its oil.

Posted on Jan 7, 2007 READ MORE


Iraqi contractors
AP Photo / Khalid Mohammed

Robert Scheer: Ike Was Right

Many critics of the war suggest that the U.S. remains in Iraq because it wants that nation’s petroleum. But oil is not the primary reason.  Instead, look to the military-industrial complex, a threat that President Eisenhower warned of in the 1960s.

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE


Lowell Wood
Rolling Stone

Can Dr. Evil Save the World?

The Pentagon’s favored weaponeer, above, has a proposal to stop global warming—without burning less oil, and for a tiny fraction of the cost of mainstream proposals. And it’s so crazy it just might work. It also might destroy the planet in the process. Interested? Read on ...

Posted on Nov 24, 2006 READ MORE


Awkward Marriage for Oil and Auto Industries

While oil companies have been raking in record profits, Detroit has struggled to pitch gas guzzlers to consumers, causing a rift in the once amicable relationship.

Posted on Oct 27, 2006 READ MORE


Rumsfeld Unveils New Justification for Iraq Invasion

The secretary of defense added another item to the revolving and evolving list of reasons we invaded Iraq: If we hadn’t, Saddam “would be rolling in petrol dollars. Think of the oil price today. He would have so much money.”
Excuse us, we’ll be back in a moment. We need to de-lice after just reading something like that.

Posted on Sep 18, 2006 READ MORE


Supersized Paychecks for Oil Execs in 2005

CEOs of the largest 15 oil companies averaged $32.7 million in compensation in 2005. This sum is more than twice the amount paid out to CEOs at other “large U.S. firms.” More on the study released by the Institute for Policy Studies and United for a Fair Economy here.  Oink, oink! (via huffpo)

Posted on Aug 30, 2006 READ MORE


Profits up 40% at Shell, 36% at Exxon

No need for creative accounting at these outfits: It’s good to be an oil company these days.

Posted on Jul 27, 2006 READ MORE


Mediterraneans Have All the Fun, Fewer Heart Attacks

According to Reuters: “Mediterranean-style diets, rich in healthy fats from olive oil or nuts, may be better for the heart than low-fat regimens, a new study shows.”

Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE


Oil Prices Could Triple Upon a U.S. Invasion of Iran

That’s according to Saudi Ambassador Prince Turki al Faisal.
Not that that should be the reason that dissuades America from invading Iran, but it’s at least worth noting.

Posted on Jun 21, 2006 READ MORE


EPA Rule Loosened After Oil Exec’s Letter to Rove

A well-connected Texas oil executive reaches out to Karl Rove and presto!—thus disappears a new rule designed to keep groundwater clear near drilling sites.

Posted on Jun 13, 2006 READ MORE


Robert Redford
From CNN

Robert Redford: Americans Ready to Kick the Oil Habit

“Today the American people are way out in front of our leaders,” says the actor and noted environmental activist. “I believe America is ready to kick the oil habit and launch a new movement for real solutions and a better future.”

Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


Ted Koppel: Time for Army of U.S. Mercenaries?

The longtime TV broadcaster, writing in the New York Times, snarkily suggests that oil companies that have the greatest interest in safeguarding a particular region should pick up the tab for hiring soldiers to defend it.

Posted on May 22, 2006 READ MORE


Small Miracle: House Votes Against Oil Subsidy

In this time of record profits for oil companies, the House approved a measure to withdraw a $7-billion subsidy over the next five years. Unbelievably, 165 Republicans wanted to let the oil companies keep the public’s money.

Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE


Gridlock
From enterstageright.com

A Brit Ponders America’s Love Affair With Cars

Next time you’re stuck in gridlock, keep in mind that many American cities had fantastic public rail systems until Big Auto bought up all the tracks and scrapped them to make way for cars. The Observer reminds us that “it did not have to be like this.”

Posted on May 18, 2006 READ MORE


Big Oil Launches Attack on Al Gore

A think tank bankrolled in part by oil companies has launched a disinformation campaign against Gore’s “global warming alarmism” in his movie “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Posted on May 17, 2006 READ MORE


Kick the Oil Habit

Kick the Oil Habit

Check out this sobering video, which spells out the moral imperative we face to wean ourselves from dependence on oil. Robert Redford will be talking about this new campaign on Larry King tonight (May 17.)

Posted on May 17, 2006 READ MORE


approval polls
From the N.Y. Times

Bush at New Low in N.Y. Times/CBS Poll

Bush’s 31% rating (which echoes a USA Today/Gallup poll) equals the low-water mark of his father’s presidency, and is the third-lowest approval rating of any president in the last 50 years.

Posted on May 9, 2006 READ MORE


Conservatives Drive Down Bush’s Poll Numbers

A staggering 45% of the president’s supposed base disapproves of his performance. And it gets worse for the president….

Posted on May 5, 2006 READ MORE


Potato Chips
From lays.com

Lay’s Chips to Use Healthier Oil

In an industry-rocking move, the nation’s leading potato chip manufacturer will reduce saturated fat by switching from cottonseed oil to sunflower oil.

Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


The Big Oil Bribe

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Posted on May 2, 2006 READ MORE


Luckovich -- Gas Rebate
Luckovich

GOP Tax Rebate Proposal Dying Quick Death

Even the House majority leader, a Republican, has rejected the Republican Senate leadership’s idea to send taxpayers a $100 check to cover rising gas prices.

Posted on May 2, 2006 READ MORE


GOP Gas Company Loyalists

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Posted on Apr 28, 2006 READ MORE


Barack Obama Slams Bush’s Oil Policy

The Illinois senator says Bush’s “plan” to reduce dependence on oil is “like admitting alcoholism and then skipping the 12-step program.”

Posted on Apr 4, 2006 READ MORE


Iran Flag
Karen Spector

Nuke Expert: Some U.S. Officials Set on Hitting Iran

A growing number of high level American officials have already decided they want to attack Iran, according to one of the world’s leading nuclear proliferations experts.

Posted on Apr 1, 2006 READ MORE


America: Iraq on Its Own to Rebuild

The U.S. has apparently just told Iraq that it should no longer expect American dollars to aid in the country’s reconstruction—rather, Iraq must rely on its own revenues.
Did anyone know this was coming?

Posted on Mar 25, 2006 READ MORE


iran_nuclear
Karen Spector

Fishing for a Pretext to Squeeze Iran

Truthdig’s Middle Eastern affairs expert argues that the Iranian nuclear issue “has not reached the point of crisis, and therefore other motivations must be sought for the Bush administration’s breathless rhetoric.”
UPDATE: Cole says that Bush’s recent linking of Iran to Iraqi roadside bombs is “wholly implausible.”

Posted on Mar 13, 2006 READ MORE


Say What? Bush Pushing International Engagement?

According to the N.Y. Times, Bush is beginning to look for international help on issues of national security and global economics.
Hmmm ... maybe he shouldn’t have set the stage for such a request by pissing off the entire world. On the “you gotta be kidding me” scale, this ranks right up there with his recent declaration that the nation must break its “oil addiction.”

Posted on Mar 12, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Lacked Iraq Rebuilding Plan

The Washington Times (of all publications) says that a new government report claims the White House “never drew up a comprehensive plan for rebuilding Iraq” after the 2003 invasion.
In the last week, Bush has lost:

  • Bill O’Reilly
  • William F. Buckley
  • William Kristol
  • Now even the staunchly conservative Washington Times is giving the White House a hard time.
    All of a sudden the ranks of Bush supporters seem about as robust as our “coalition of the willing.”

    Posted on Mar 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Iran Ascendant After Iraq War

    The L.A. Times charts how America’s war in Iraq has made Iran the dominant power in the region, with a stronger nuclear program, strengthened ties to Hamas and a burgeoning core of anti-U.S. Shiites.

    Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Plans $7-Billion Royalty Windfall to Oil Companies

    On the heels of Exxon Mobil’s record-setting $10-billion quarterly profit, the “federal government is on the verge of one of the biggest giveaways of oil and gas in American history, worth an estimated $7 billion over five years.”
    It’s nice being an oil baron when two oilmen head the government.

    Posted on Feb 18, 2006 READ MORE


    syriana_iran_oil_china
    From moviereporter.net

    ‘Syriana 2’

    China is set to plumb Iranian oil fields in a $100-billion deal, complicating U.S. efforts to isolate Tehran and providing Iran more money to pursue its nuclear ambitions.
    Can someone please call Stephen Gaghan to figure this one out for us? Or maybe this is a case for Truthdig’s Orville Schell, who knows a thing or two about China?

    Posted on Feb 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Sweden Plans to Be World’s First Oil-Free Economy

    The progressive European enclave has set a 15-year limit on its switch to renewable energy. | story
    Hey, they won’t even have to get on a plane to collect their Nobel Prize!

    Posted on Feb 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Budget Terror
    Illustration by Karen Spector

    Take From the Poor, Give to the Military

    Where would the Bush administration be without terrorism?  The sweeping rationale for irrational governance has wrought yet another outrage: the $2.77-trillion budget the president proposed to Congress on Monday.

    Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE


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