Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Big Oil: Lying sacks of shit

Big Oil meets Cheney in 2001 to help develop energy legislation. Then they lie about it to Congress when they met with the Senate Energy and Commerce committees last week.

Our government = cash register. Loot and hide.

Maximum sentence for lying under oath to congress? 5 years. Think these CEOs will do time? In a democracy they would.

6 Thoughts:

Blogger pawlr said...

How fitting is it, as well, that the most progressive of the Big Oil companies, BP - or at least the one with the most stated commitment to alternative energy - is the only one that doesn't lie when questioned about the 2001 meeting? All the others do.
Toward the end of the hearing, Lautenberg asked the five executives: "Did your company or any representatives of your companies participate in Vice President Cheney's energy task force in 2001?" When there was no response, Lautenberg added: "The meeting . . . "

"No," said Raymond.

"No," said Chevron Chairman David J. O'Reilly.

"We did not, no," Mulva said.

"To be honest, I don't know," said BP America chief executive Ross Pillari, who came to the job in August 2001. "I wasn't here then."

"But your company was here," Lautenberg replied.

"Yes," Pillari said.

Shell Oil president John Hofmeister, who has held his job since earlier this year, answered last. "Not to my knowledge," he said.

The meetings with Cheney's Energy Task Force took place in 2001 between the executives or their representatives. The GAO report documenting this meeting, at which several companies "gave detailed energy policy recommendations" is confirmed by Secret Service access records.

Defenders of Big Oil - let your common sense answer this question: if they had nothing to hide, why would they lie?

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 10:38:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Note how they weren't under oath in front of Congress.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 10:41:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

I.e., they knew they'd be lying. "They" = everybody involved. A joke.

Dig this RP file.


Wednesday, November 16, 2005 10:46:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Yes - not lying under oath (with the complicity of congress themselves, not swearing them in).. Still, the penalty remains "up to 5 years".

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 11:44:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Yep; I know. I was merely pointing out that the Congress (Republican) were colluding to keep the potential penalties down.

I agree we won't see anything done.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 11:51:00 AM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

Ed Scultz was playing those sorry sacks of s**t saying "nope." The people don't expect any better since they know their president and his supports rutinely lie. In fact, Republicans have made lies the norm and truth telling a notion as quaint as the Geneva Convention.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 4:51:00 PM  

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