Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

CORPORATE POWER -- OIL CHIEFS MET WITH CHENEY, LIED TO CONGRESS: For years, Vice President Dick Cheney has fought to keep secret the identities of oil executives who helped the administration develop its energy policy in 2001. But the Washington Post has obtained a Secret Service document showing that executives from Exxon Mobile Corp., Conoco, Shell Oil Co., and BP America Inc. all met with Cheney's energy task force. Chevron was not named in the document, but the Government Accountability Office has found that Chevron "gave detailed energy policy recommendations" to the group. As recently as last week, the chief executives of Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp. and ConocoPhillips told the Senate Energy and Commerce committees that their firms did not participate in the 2001 task force meetings. The "president of Shell Oil said his company did not participate 'to my knowledge,' and the chief of BP America Inc. said he did not know." Cheney's kinship with the oil industry clearly has not waned since 2001; he knew the oil industry was lying to Congress last week, but remained silent.

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