Thursday, December 10, 2009

Bush's Friends in Oil Hunting

Former U.S. president George Bush had started a small company in the 1970s named Bush Exploration/Arbusto. He sold this company to Spectrum 7 and received $ 600,000 in stock, a
$120,000 yearly contract and a lot of friends in the Texas oil scene. Oil and other energy money gushed into George II’s 2000 campaign coffers to the tune of $2.8 million. Another $2.3 million came from the auto sector. Enron donated more than a million dollars to the Republican National Committee. His most close friends and flowers are:

Dick Cheney, Vice President After serving as defense secretary
under Bush I, Cheney settled in Dallas to head up the world's largest oil service company, Halliburton. Halliburton has100,000 employees in 130 countries, and a market value of   $18.2 bill ion. Since 1992 the company has contributed $1.6 billion to Washington politicians. Halliburton now has contracts with the U.S. army to build and staff pre-fabricated bases, a program championed by Cheney when he was secretary of defense.

Zalmay Khalilzad, Special Envoy to Afghanistan: The highest-ranking U. S. diplomat in Afghanistan Khalilzad has a long history of promoting military action as a member of the Reagan and Bush I administrations. He was a consultant for oil giant Unocal in 1997, conducting risk assessments for their proposed 900-mile Afghan pipeline to transport natural gas. In advocating the Unocal pipeline while the Taliban still ruled Afghanistan, Khalilzad wrote in theWashington Post that “ Taliban do not practice the anti-U. S. style of fundamentalism practiced by Iran. We should be willing to offer recognition and humanitarian assistance.”

Don Evans, Commerce Secretary, Evans was Bush II’s campaign manager and chief fundraiser in the last three elections, pulling in millions from cronies in the oil patch. Before that he was CEO and chairman of the Colorado-based oil company, Tom Brown Inc. and a boardmember of Sharp Drilling, an oil industry contractor. As commerce secretary, Evans oversees policy for U. S. oceans and air. Since 25 percent of domestic oil and natural gas production comes from offshore drilling, the industry must be glad to have a friend on the inside.

Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor: Rice spent a decade on the board of Chevron Corporation (now ChevronTexaco). She was Chevron’s main expert on Kazakhstan, where the company has invested $20 billion. Chevron-Texaco is also a big player in Nigeria. Rice is involved in U. S. policy toward that country. When Rice left the Chevron board, the company honored her by naming one of its supertankers “Condoleezza.”

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