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Frost Illustrated: Big oil mission creep accomplished

By James Clingman

Have you had enough yet? Are you convinced yet? Now that oil has hit that magical price of $100 per barrel, are you finally ready to respond with a strategy that makes sense this time? Or, do you want to call for another Gas Out Day? Been there, done that, right? Although we missed a great opportunity back in 2002 to show the oil thieves we would not take being ripped-off lying down, now that we are paying through the nose, and every other orifice, for gasoline and related oil products, maybe now we are ready to strike back.

Bush, Cheney, Rice and their international crew of oil thieves have slowly but surely secured their futures and that of their families with their shady deals and secret meetings with the oil barons. Under the guise of developing an energy policy for the U.S., “Darth” Cheney, the guy who has given new meaning to the “vice” in vice president, convened his boys and girls and has yet to divulge what went on in those meetings. He also, as former chairman and CEO of Halliburton, negotiated pipeline deals for Chevron and, if you connect the dots, you will see why he was and still is so adamant about maintaining the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “There’s oil in them there hills, boys!”

Condi, as she is affectionately called by George, gave up her seat on the Chevron Board in 2001 when she was named national security advisor, and Chevron changed the name of its oil tanker from the “Condoleezza Rice” to the “Altair Voyager.” Maybe that’s why Rice was so supportive of the war as well.

George W.? Well we all know his deal. He is just the puppet that keeps us all laughing. He is the stringed marionette that dances across the world stage, keeping us diverted from reality. He is the oldtime cowboy we liked so much in the “shoot ’em up” movies. He is the village idiot to whom no one really pays serious attention other than to keep track of his gaffs and malapropisms.

Among the three of these characters and, of course, more secondstring players, such as Ken Lay (Is he still dead? Did he really die?), Daddy Bush and James Baker with the Carlyle Group, and others, there must be billions of dollars hidden in some international pipeline somewhere.

The stage was set even before Bush Jr. became president, and now the die has been cast. Think back to 1999; oil was below $20.00 per barrel, and it was only after Saddam Hussein halted production late in 1999 that it went to $27.00 per barrel. Then about a year later, around October 2000, Saddam decided he would take euros for his country’s oil rather than the vaunted “petrodollar.” Uh Oh! All of a sudden, “Houston, we have a problem.”

I say again, just connect the dots; do a little research and you will see the “mission creep” that started with a plan to capture greater control of the world’s oil reserves, in light of China’s burgeoning society and its growing thirst for Black Gold. If you think this is all happenstance, I would be happy to make you a great deal on some beautiful ocean-front property in Kansas.

Now, what do we do? Having tried one-day boycotts and protests of big oil companies, as if that would hurt them-they make billions of dollars per quarter and pay their executives hundreds of millions annually-it’s not likely that a one-day refusal to buy gas would do anything but make them irritated to the point of raising prices, the way they did on the last “Gas Out Day.”

I reiterate what I wrote in my last book, “Black Empowerment with an Attitude.” It’s not good enough simply to complain; heck, you can see how much good that has done. We must “restrain and sustain.” Restrain ourselves from frivolous driving; carpool, walk, scooter, or bicycle when and where possible; and stop buying those gas-guzzling behemoths that car manufacturers have convinced us we need to have.

Finally, don’t fall for the flowery, “we love the earth,” and “we are looking for alternative fuels” advertisements that we see on television; big oil companies are buying those ads to make us feel good, while they continue to take us to the cleaners.

How stupid are we as consumers? Is there no limit to how much money these thieves can steal from us, and how many times they can do it before we wake up and decide to respond in kind? That’s where the “sustain” part of the strategy comes into play.

On a local level, we must refuse to purchase gasoline from a selected few stations and sustain that effort until either their prices fall or they go out of business. I can hear some of you now. “Jim, that’s not fair to the local dealer.”

Well, whom do you suggest we mount our efforts against, the $36 billion annual revenues of Exxon- Mobil, or maybe one of the other four: Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Chevron, or ConocoPhillips?” Fat chance you’ll even get their attention.

When prices escalate the way they have since Bush and company took, and I do mean “took” office, when the mere threat of a hurricane can cause the price to rise even more, and when every station in your area gets the same call to raise their price to the same amount at the same time, you have to know there is some stuff in the game.

When stations start to close we will see a change. That’s it; bottom- line. If we are unwilling to make the sacrifices necessary to respond to the thievery of the oil barons, we simply need to shut-up! Or, develop a good relationship with Hugo Chavez.

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