Fake Congress Wants Fake Hearings About Real Oil Crisis Only Oil Companies Don't Bother To Show Up
By Elaine Meinel Supkis
Fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice, then I am a Congress critter. The latest proof our Congress is dead came tonight, surprised? Not me. Hearings about obscene profits and oil price gouging: not one oil company is bothering to show up for this fake hearing. They say, why bother? It is all a farce, anyway. Here, have a campaign contribution.
Officials from six major oil companies have refused to testify this week at a Senate hearing looking into whether oil industry mergers in recent years have made gasoline more expensive at the pump.And what will the American people say? Are we freeer than the Chinese? Or heck, the Palestinians? Of course, the people in such places are more motivated, I fear. Americans seem to believe that if we stop little Mary from having a baby seriously out of wedlock, especially in stables, we will be strong and rich. We think, if we do all sorts of useless, goofy things, we will get good jobs and not be up to our eyeballs in debt and of course, the oil companies who are lording over the entire planet are American!
With oil companies reporting record profits from higher energy prices, consumer groups have complained that mergers in the industry have stifled competition.
Exxon Mobil said on Monday it earned $10.7 billion in the fourth quarter of last year and $36.1 billion for all of 2005 -- bigger than the economies of 125 countries.
The Senate Judiciary Committee, which is holding the hearing on Wednesday morning, said it asked representatives from Exxon Mobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Valero Energy and the U.S. units of BP and Royal Dutch Shell to tell their side of the story.
"All declined the invitation to testify," the committee said in a statement on Monday, without providing details.
Wave that flag and go die in Iraq! So why have there been no hearings about the utter lack of WMD in Iraq? And why the news that Bush has violated Congressional laws about spying on Americans has caused exactly nothing? And recess appointments go ahead without a peep? And an Israeli citizen is running homeland security so secretly, despite not one but two al Qaeda (al Qiada) tapes from number #1 and #2 (all the threes are dead or in prison) can't flush this right wing Zionist out to hold a press conference?
And we ran over the debt limit, leaving it deader than a New Orleans doornail and not so much as a peep from the press, the Democrats, anyone? I hear an echoing chamber. Helllllooooo.....helllooooo.
Are all our Congressional Pinnochios in the belly of the whale, wailing faintly? I don't hear you!
The lack of alarm, the sonombulence across America this winter, is it due to the amazing, warm winter? No snow on my mountain, it was nearly sixty today, sunny, like April weather, no winter this winter. I dread what will happen next for I know Mother Nature. She is, beyond doubt, the most dangerous Goddess/ruler of the universe. She wields the scythe of extinction.
From the BBC:
Rising concentrations of greenhouse gases may have more serious impacts than previously believed, a major scientific report has said.Yup. And the amphibians are dying and one expert says, why bother trying to save them, just give up. Mother Nature might extend that "give up" part a little higher up the food chain.
The report, published by the UK government, says there is only a small chance of greenhouse gas emissions being kept below "dangerous" levels.
It fears the Greenland ice sheet is likely to melt, leading sea levels to rise by 7m (23ft) over 1,000 years.
The poorest countries will be most vulnerable to these effects, it adds.
Tuvalu is going underwater. From Grist News.com:
Some see things differently, though. The increasing intensity of tropical weather and the rise in ocean levels and temperatures -- all documented results of global warming -- are threatening to sink this island nation. Its citizens face the possibility of being among the first climate refugees. "Our whole culture will have to be transplanted," says former assistant environment minister Paani Laupepa, now assistant secretary for foreign affairs.The photos at this site should be looked at. They are from a year ago. The ocean is popping up in the middle of the island as it submerges. It is worse today. The first big storm this coming hot typhoon season will pretty much wipe out everything, permamently.
The islands are not going to go under immediately. But "even if we are not completely flooded," says Laupepa, "in 50 to 70 years we face increasing storms and cyclones, damage to our coral reefs, and flooding of our gardens." Crop damage and decreased fish catch would mean "importing more food ... and more health and diet problems," he says.
This is America's responsibility, we are the #1 polluters of the planet, especially with fossil fuels, we are the planetary #1 consumer of fossil fuels and Congress just wants the oil companies to ease up a tad so voters won't revolt so we can toodle along the present, destructive, impossible path. La-la-la.
It is too bad we lost all control over ourselves and our government. It is turning rapidly into a machine run by very greedy and very angry individuals who have a bottomless pit of desire to own and control everything. And they hate us and want us dead.
Isn't that lovely? And they own our own politicians. So, what next?
I don't really need to say, we can change ourselves, one at a time, and stick together, and make a lot of noise like today, flooding the Senate, demanding they listen to us. But then, on Nov. 8th, 2001, when I went to the Senate to push for counting the stupid votes as they ought, I was the only one doing this. Totally alone. And on line, I begged people to join me. I drove all night to get there. Slept in the car at a rest stop. On my own dime.
Alone. And that, my friends, was a turning point for America and I was alone.
Remember: to fight, one has to go out and stake out a place and stand there and refuse to budge.
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