"We have economic problems, it's been caused by
disruptions in our oil supply .
With a force in Iraq, there will
be no disruption in oil supplies ."
- Robert Kagan*
"Our main reason for invading Iraq was to assure
control of its oil reserves. When our
initial excuse of weapons of mass
destruction was proved false, we fell back on the rationale of promoting
democracy in the Middle East." - Maneck BhujwalaEvery
severe global recession of after World War II has been preceded by a jump in
the price of oil.
Transnational elite sees control of
Iraq as the key to lowering American oil prices, bolstering the American
economy and ending the 30-year stranglehold on the global oil market by
In the 1970s and the
1980s, the transnational
elite secured it's interest in oil without stationing
a single combat soldier on the
Arabian Peninsula but peace is just not as
profitable as war!
In the 1970s and the 1980s America relied on
numerous aircraft carriers off the coast of the Arabian Peninsula.
also built numerous military bases near
but not on the Arabian Peninsula so that large numbers of
military ground forces
could be moved to the region quickly if a crisis emerged.
When American military bases were built in
Saudi Arabia and not
removed after the first Gulf
War it gave Usamah bin Mohammad bin
Laden something to bitch about.
"One of the realities global inhabitants face but
don't seem to realize is oil depletion." - Dwayne
invaded Iraq all Baath party members were fired.
Baath party members held every
operational and executive position as that was required by the regime of Saddam
Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti.
Each and every individual that knew
how to operate industrial concerns.
The invasion was never about
'helping' the Iraqi people.
"Controlling Iraq is about oil as power, rather
than oil as fuel. Control over the Persian Gulf translates into control over
Europe, Japan, and China. It's having our hand on the spigot." - Michael
"A marine friend told me we lost the hearts and
minds of the Iraqis when we secured the oil fields but left their national
artwork open to plunder." - Jonathan Talberg
March 24, 1989 Exxon Valdez runs aground in Prince William
Exxon Valdez spills 11 million of 53 million US gallons
The petroleum, originally extracted at the Prudhoe Bay
field, covered 1,300 miles (2,100 km) of coastline, and 11,000 square miles
(28,000 km2) of ocean.
JP Morgan invented credit-default swaps
to give Exxon credit
line for Valdez liability
Destroyed The Economy 20 Years Later
Valdez Environmental Damages remain unpaid
June 1992 Assets and operations of
Texaco in Ecuador turned
over to Petroecuador after lease expires.
Hundreds of toxic waste pits,
scattered near local communities, rivers, and streams, are simply
dumped billions of
gallons of toxic wastewater into the rainforest from 1964 to 1992 while
operating hundreds of oil wells.
Instead of designing the drilling and
pumping operations to re-inject toxic wastewater back into deep subsoil
formations, standard industry practice at the time, Texaco chose to dump the
dangerous brew - benzene, toluene, arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmium - directly
into local streams and tributaries.
"This was not an accident; it was a
crime against nature and the indigenous population." - Maria Garces, Union
of People Affected by Texaco
1997 BP Amoco
purchases a 10% stake in the Russian oil amalgamation Sidanko.
Halliburton Energy Services contracts with Moscow based
Tyumen Oil to deveolp four western
Siberia fields, the first one being the Samotlorskoye field.
proven oil reserves of 4.3 billion barrels, possibly as many as 6.1 billion
barrels, with crude oil production and refining capabilities of 420,000
barrels/day and 230,000 barrels/day, respectively.
Cheney puts together a Energy Task Force
that develops a map of Iraq's oil fields, with the southwest divided into nine
2002 "The State
Department's Oil and Energy Working Group, meeting between December 2002
and April 2003, said that Iraq "should be opened to international oil
corporations as quickly as possible after the war."
privatization was a form of oil contract called a production-sharing
agreement. Page 1, Chapter 1 of the Iraq Study Group report lays out
Iraq's importance to its region, America and the world with this reminder:
"Iraq has the world's second-largest known
The group then proceeds to give very specific and radical
recommendations as to what the US should do to secure those reserves.
If the proposals are followed, Iraq's national oil industry will be
commercialized and opened to foreign firms." - Antonia Juhasz,
Halliburton and Sibneft, Russia's fifth largest crude oil
producer, sign an agreement.
Sibneft will use Halliburton's new
technologies to improve well construction and processing while
directs all project management.
2003 Invasion of
Iraq begins on March 20, 2003.
"Leaks from the State Department "future
of Iraq" office show Washington plans to privatize the Iraqi economy and
particularly the state-owned national oil incorporation." - Jonathan Steele
Between 2003 and 2004, American oil imports from Iraq increased
by more than 86%.
2004 American appointed interim
Prime Minister Iyad Allawi submitted guidelines to Iraq's Supreme Council
for Oil Policy suggesting that the "Iraqi government disengage from running
the oil sector" and that it be opened to international foreign investment,
according to International Oil Daily.
Iraq's new oil law allows provinces freedom from the central government control
in executing exploration and production contracts called "production share
Americans burn 20.7 million barrels of oil per day, the
equivalent of the oil consumption of China, Japan, Germany, Russia, and India
Ray Lee Hunt, CEO
of Hunt Oil, signs an oil deal with the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq
with the approval of the State Department according to documents obtained by
Congressional Commitee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Ray Lee Hunt
spent most of the Bush administration serving on the President's Foreign
Intelligence Advisory Board (renamed the President's Intelligence Advisory
Board in early 2008).
2008 A meeting shrouded in
secrecy between 34 international oil companies and Iraqi oil ministry
representatives occurred at the Park Lane Sheraton in London to divvy up the
following oil fields:
Kirkuk and Bai Hassan in the north, and Rumaila
North and South, Zubair, West Qurna Stage 1 and the three Missan oil fields in
Also on the table are the Akkas gas field in western Iraq
and the Mansouria gas field to the country's east where. With a combined total
of 40 billion barrels, at no point in history has so great a quantity of known
oil been offered in a single bid round to international oil companies, in any
refinery on fire
!The accuracy of government safety
statistics is undermined by the fact that many workers are now hired by or
through independent contractors.
Long considered one of the nation's
most dangerous industries, oil refining suddenly became one of the safest when
the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported no refinery deaths in 2002 or 2003.
But at least nine people were asphyxiated, burned or fell to their
deaths at refineries during those years, according to media accounts, industry
statistics and fatal accident reports to the Occupational Safety and Health
"They'll show up in the statistics but not as refinery
workers. The more dangerous an occupation, the less likely a corporation will
hire those people directly - they want to boost safety rates and decrease
liability." - Guy Toscano, retired economist Bureau of Labor Statistics
The way safety statistics are now kept, a work site will not generally
get a black mark if contractors from other companies are killed or injured
there - only if a permanent employee dies or gets hurt.
"If the site
gets picked up, it's going to be almost a fluke." - former OSHA Administrator
Hazardous industries such as steel, are increasingly
contracting out their more dangerous jobs to make the primary corporation look
Terry Brimer fell when a corroded railing gave way at the
Indiana refinery in 2004.
OSHA fined British Petroleum $1,625.
"I have a British Petroleum paper that says we will
provide our employees with a safe work environment, but there wasn't one for my
husband. I don't feel like a $1,625 fine is enough of a motivator for them." -
British Petroleum West Coast Products agreed to fines,
health programs and improvements totaling a record $81 million for thousands of
pollution violations over the past decade at its Carson, California oil
"Since British Petroleum failed to identify and inspect as
many as half the components in its facility during the last decade, emissions
might be as much as double previous totals." - AQMD chief counsel Peter Mieras
2005 15 workers die in British Petroleum refinery fire in Texas City,
The worker deaths at the British Petroleum refinery could have
been prevented according to a report by the United Steelworkers.
had taken the union's advice to pipe the atmospheric vent - where the
hydrocarbons were released - to the flare system there would have been no fire
and if BP had not violated its own policy and issued themselves a variance in
order to place the trailer in a dangerous unit there would have been no
deaths." - United Steel Workers Region 6 Director Gary Beevers
Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, one of several agencies looking
into the blast, stated internal British Petroleum documents show that budget
cuts of 25% from 1998 through 2000 caused a progressive deterioration of safety
at the refinery.
"British Petroleum has admitted they were responsible.
The issue is what level of knowledge did they have in advance. Those issues are
still out there." - Brent Coon, Eva Rowe's attorney
Eva Rowe's parents,
48-year-old James Rowe and his wife, Linda Rowe, 47, of Hornbeck, La., were two
of the 15 killed.
British Petroleum agrees to pay $50 million in fines
and plead guilty to a felony for it's role in the refinery fire.
October 2009 OSHA fines British Petroleum $87 million for
failing to correct deficiencies that lead to the 2005 explosion and fire that
killed 15 workers.
OSHA issued 271 notifications to BP for failing to
correct hazards at the Texas City refinery over the four-year period since the
explosion and fire.
OSHA is issuing fines of $56.7 million for "failure
In addition, OSHA also identified 439 "willful and
egregious" violations of industry-accepted safety controls at the refinery.
Those violations will lead to $30.7 million in additional
WhistleblowersGregory Stone: February 17, 2011
- LSU scientist unknown illness
Anthony Nicholas Tremonte: January
26, 2011 - Mississippi Department of Marine Resources officer, from Ocean
Springs arrested on child porn charge
Dr. Thomas B. Manton: January 19,
2011 - former President and CEO of the International Oil Spill Control
Corporation - imprisonment and subsequent murder while jailed
Wheeler II: December 31, 2010 - a former Pentagon official and presidential
aide and a defense consultant and expert on chemical and biological weapons -
was beaten to death in an assault, body was discovered in a Wilmington landfill
James Patrick Black: November 23, 2010 - an incident commander for BP's
Gulf of Mexico oil spill
response team, died near Destin, Florida in a small plane crash'
Chaunhan: November 15, 2010 - worked in the USF Center for Biological Defense
and Global Health Infectious Disease Research. Found dead in an apparent
suicide by cyanide at a Temple Terrace hotel. She leaves behind a husband and a
Dr. Jeffrey Gardner: November, 2010 - MIA Status, of
Lakeland, FL - investigating unexplained bird deaths near Sarasota abruptly and
immediately closed his practice, and apparently his investigation into the
deaths of swans in Sarasota, suspected to have been impacted by the BP Oil
Disaster. No one has heard or spoken with him since.
Roger Grooters: October 6, 2010 - hit by a truck as he passed
through Panama City, Florida. Mr. Grooters had been knocked down and killed
close to the end of a 3,200-mile trans-America charity ride to raise awareness
about the Gulf Coast oil disaster. He began his cross-country bike ride in
Oceanside, California, on September 10th.
Senator Ted Stevens: August 9,
2010 - longest-serving Republican senator in history was among nine people on
board when the 1957 DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter, crashed into a brush- and
rock-covered mountainside about 17 miles north of the southwest Alaska fishing
village of Dillingham. Stevens was the recipient of a whistleblower's
communication relative to the BP Oil Disaster blow-out preventer, and a
conspiracy of secrecy to hide the
facts from the public.
Matthew Simmons: August 13, 2010 - Simmons' body
was found in his hot tub, investigators said. An autopsy by the state medical
examiner's office concluded Monday that he died from accidental drowning with
heart disease as a contributing factor. Simmons was the only industry insider
willing to speak out against the "officials" during the BP Oil Disaster in the
Gulf of Mexico
Joseph Morrissey: April 6, 2010 - cell biologist and
college professor, a near-native Floridian who chose to return to South Florida
after studying at elite universities - was fatally shot during what police say
was a home invasion
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