Admiral Dennis Blair: “We Sent Troops to Middle East…Because of Oil-Based Importance of Region”

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 5:35 pm

At the just-completed U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing titled, “The Geopolitical Potential of theU.S. Energy Boom,” Admiral Dennis Blair— former Director of National Intelligence, President and CEO of Institute for Defense Analyses and Commander in Chief of U.S. Pacific Command — admitted what’s still considered conspiratorial to some.

Put tersely: the U.S. and allied forces launched the ongoing occupation in Iraq and occupy large swaths of the Middle East to secure the flow of oil to the U.S. and its global allies, explained Blair.

 

Eleven Years After US Invaded Iraq: Bloodshed, Rape, Torture & Executions in the Country Are Ignored

By: Thursday March 20, 2014 8:36 am

Kenneth Pollack, who has worked for the CIA and the National Security Council, was a prime advocate for the United States invasion and occupation of Iraq. He published a book called “The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading Iraq” that was considered widely to be a very convincing case that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction or was close to obtaining them. But Pollack, like many other war advocates who populated the airwaves of US media in the months prior to invasion, was wrong.

Captain Phillips Goes to Libya: Why Are Navy Seals Sent to Shill for American Oil Companies and Seize a Libyan Tanker?

By: Tuesday March 18, 2014 11:29 am

So here’s today’s puzzler: when is it cool to take over a ship in international waters and when is it piracy? Captain Phillips Goes to Libya A major American movie this year was Captain Phillips. It told the story of a brave ship captain (played by American Hero Tom Hanks) and the brave Navy SEALS [...]

Tomgram: Michael Klare, In the Carbon Wars, Big Oil Is Winning

By: Saturday February 15, 2014 6:00 pm

How the Obama administration will come down on Keystone XL is still unknown. In a speech on climate policy last June, the president indicated that he would give highest priority to climate considerations when deciding on the pipeline. “Allowing the Keystone pipeline to be built requires a finding that doing so would be in our nation’s interest,” he said. “And our national interest will be served only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.” At the time, his comments raised the hopes of climate activists that Obama would ultimately decide against the pipeline. More recently, however, an environmental assessment conducted at the behest of the State Department and released on January 31st cast doubt on this outcome. The report’s reasoning: even though the exploitation of Canada’s tar sands will increase the pace of carbon emissions, their extraction and delivery to refineries is assured by alternative means — mainly rail — if the pipeline isn’t built and so its construction will not “significantly exacerbate” the problem of greenhouse gas emissions.

While this is certainly a uniquely sophistic (and shaky) argument, it is important to note that the Canadian producers and their U.S. partners are indeed attempting to stage an end-run around opposition to the pipeline by increasing their reliance on rail cars to deliver tar sands.

Statement to Portage County Commissioners at Pipeline Meeting

By: Saturday January 18, 2014 12:45 pm

It is up to us to think in advance what those hazards might be, and to insist that business as usual is not good enough. Pipeline companies have proved to be extraordinarily poor neighbors of late, and we should require a much higher standard of conduct for one that wants to move into our neighborhood.

Hot Rails to Hell, Pipelines to Perdition

By: Tuesday December 17, 2013 6:52 pm

Do you live near a railroad line? How about a pipeline? You might want to check into your proximity to those things.

Because America is the new Saudi Arabia, soon to be the world’s number one oil producer, the infrastructure that used to carry our energy products around is straining to meet the demand created by the new production.

Tobacco-style Climate Denial

By: Wednesday September 11, 2013 7:08 pm

Who likes being lied to by people paid by the oil industry who pose as “experts” on climate change?

Did you know it’s been going on for 25 years?

Energy Innovation: Obama’s State of the Union a Frothy Mix of Promise and Prattle

By: Wednesday January 25, 2012 4:14 pm

When I turned on the TV last night, I wanted to stand up and cheer. While watching President Obama’s State of the Union address, I felt much like I did when I watched his 2008 acceptance speech at Mile High Stadium in Denver. OK, that’s not true–not hardly. Reality has not been kind to Obama’s rhetoric, after all. But when Obama got to the energy section of the speech, I found much to applaud, not unlike in 2008. . . with some obvious caveats for his praise of dirty, dangerous, failed or flat-out fictional forms of energy production.

Obama Energy Security Plan Launches Like Lead Balloon

By: Wednesday March 30, 2011 3:43 pm

Let’s just say that the President’s energy security speech didn’t go over so well among the communities of interest.

Obama Lifts Moratorium on Offshore Drilling, Pissing Off Everyone

By: Wednesday October 13, 2010 10:30 am

I think the headline of this piece, “Greens Scoff at Drilling Plan, GOP Shrugs,” really says so much about the Obama administration.

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