Perhaps (perhaps? get real LS) Bush/Cheney and Co. so obviously profit greatly from our devastating dependence on oil, thus the lack of pro-active and government sponsored and funded research and development projects on alternative sources for energy. Oh sure, we hear this and that about coal or "NUclear" sources and quite frankly, yaddy ya ya, blah, blah, blah, whatever, spin, spin until your are dizzy with misinformation and surrealism.....you know the mindless drill. Don't get on the merry-go-round of lies. If you are on it, jump off.
Ken found this extraordinary piece by Greg Plast in Harper's Magazine
BAGHDAD COUP D'ETAT FOR BIG OIL
Monday, March 28, 2005
Harper's Magazine investigation reveals how Big Oil vanquished the neo-cons .. and OPEC is the winner.
"For months, the State Department officially denied the existence of this 323-page plan for Iraq's oil ...."
Some conspiracy nuts believe the Bush Administration had a secret plan to control Iraq's oil. In fact, there were TWO plans. In a joint investigation with BBC Television Newsnight, Harper's Magazine has uncovered a hidden battle over Iraq's oil. It began right after Mr. Bush took office - with a previously unreported plot to invade Iraq.
From the exclusive Harper's report by Greg Palast:
Within weeks of the first inaugural, prominent Iraqi expatriates -- many with ties to U.S. industry -- were invited to secret discussions directed by Pamela Quanrud, National Security Council, now at the State Department. "It quickly became an oil group," said one participant, Falah Aljibury. Aljibury is an advisor to Amerada Hess' oil trading arm and Goldman Sachs.
"The petroleum industry, the chemical industry, the banking industry -- they'd hoped that Iraq would go for a revolution like in the past and government was shut down for two or three days," Aljibury told me. On this plan, Hussein would simply have been replaced by some former Baathist general.
However, by February 2003, a hundred-page blue-print for the occupied nation, favored by neo-cons, had been enshrined as official policy. "Moving the Iraqi Economy from Recovery to Sustainable Growth" generally embodied the principles for postwar Iraq favored by Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and the Iran-Contra figure, now Deputy National Security Advisor