Thoughts Following 9/11


Political Index

12/3/2001:: Happily, my broadband service is working normally. It wasn't functioning Friday night, but I found that I could upload almost as well with my 56k NetZero backup service as I can with wideband service.
    The article, "The United States of oil", appearing recently in "Salon", gives interesting information regarding George W. Bush, his father, and his grandfather, Dick Cheney, and National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice. George Bush, Senior, founded Zapata Petroleum in 1952, and soon made millions with it. George W. Bush started his own oil company, Arbusto/Harken Energy, in 1978, when he was in his early 20's. Like his father, he also began to make millions after deals with Bahrain, and through, perhaps, Saudi connections.
    Dick Cheney spent the late 90's as CEO of Halliburton, the world's largest oil service provider. While with Halliburton, he received a salary of $36,000,000. 
    Condoleeza Rice became a member of the of the Board of Directors of Chevron, "which graced a tanker with her name".
    Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that the current Bush administration is championing coal and oil initiatives.. In the meantime, the September 11th atrocities, in my opinion, are pushing us faster than ever toward renewable sources of energy, and toward independence of Mid-Eastern petro-politics. 
    I've written a brief summary of alternative energy options.