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    18 November 2005

    Oily Execs Lie to Congress

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    Not that this is suprising, but executives from Exxon, Conoco, Shell and BP just lied boldface to the US congress. It's obvious why the republican chair, (Ted Stevens of the Pork bridge to Nowhere in Alaska) of the committee before which they were testifying, angrily refused to have them sworn in. He foresaw that somebody would ask them if they had participated in Cheney's energy task force and wanted to make it easier for them to lie to America. Does anyone see any eerie similarity to when all of the tobacco execs stood up before congress (after being sworn in) and lied their asses off simultaneously?

    From the Washington Post:
    A White House document shows that executives from big oil companies met with Vice President Cheney's energy task force in 2001. The document, obtained this week by The Washington Post, shows that officials from Exxon Mobil Corp., Conoco (before its merger with Phillips), Shell Oil Co. and BP America Inc. met in the White House complex with the Cheney aides who were developing a national energy policy. In a joint hearing last week of the Senate Energy and Commerce committees, the chief executives of Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp. and ConocoPhillips said their firms did not participate in the 2001 task force. The executives were not under oath when they testified, so they are not vulnerable to charges of perjury; committee Democrats had protested the decision by Commerce Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) not to swear in the executives. But a person can be fined or imprisoned for up to five years for making "any materially false, fictitious or fraudulent statement or representation" to Congress.

    [UPDATE] I reformated for this site. ~Geoff


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