Monday, March 20, 2006

oil slick

[updated 8:07 a.m., 10:15 a.m.]

Bill Keller, Big Oil, Wolfowitz

Bill Keller, son of Chevron CEO
NEW YORK TIMES (4/11/99): Emma Gilbey, an author and journalist, was married yesterday to Bill Keller, the managing editor of The New York Times. The Rev. Robert J. Kennedy performed the ceremony at the Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic Church in Manhattan.

Ms. Gilbey, 38, is keeping her name. She is the author of "The Lady: The Life andTimes of Winnie Mandela" (Jonathan Cape, 1993). The bride graduated from King's College of London University.

She is the daughter of Anthony J. Gilbey of Wangford, England, and the late Lenore Gilbey. The bride's father is the chairman of Gilbey Collections, a London company that commissions limited edition commemorative items. Her mother was a journalist.

Mr. Keller, 50, graduated from Pomona College. He is the son of Adelaide and George M. Keller of San Mateo, Calif. The bridegroom's father retired as the chairman and chief executive of the Chevron Corporation in San Francisco.
[As a dear friend pointed out, this is a nugget of Keller's bio that seems to evade allusion whenever he's in the news.]
[Condoleeza] Rice has served on the board of directors for the Chevron Corporation, the Charles Schwab Corporation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Transamerica Corporation, Hewlett Packard, The Carnegie Corporation, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Rand Corporation, and KQED, public broadcasting for San Francisco.

She was also on the Board of Trustees of the University of Notre Dame, the International Advisory Council of J.P. Morgan, and the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors.

She also headed Chevron's committee on public policy until she resigned on January 15, 2001, to become National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush. Chevron honored Rice by naming an oil tanker Condoleezza Rice after her, but controversy led to its being renamed Altair Voyager.[9][10][11] wikipedia
Ships of Chevron
"Dick Cheney was instrumental in negotiating a Caspian Sea pipeline for Chevron." source

Washington Post: A White House document shows that executives from big oil companies met with Vice President Cheney's energy task force in 2001 -- something long suspected by environmentalists but denied as recently as last week by industry officials testifying before Congress.

...the Government Accountability Office has found that Chevron was one of several companies that "gave detailed energy policy recommendations" to the task force. Also here, here.
Big Oil: Keller, Rice, Bush, Cheney

Bush visits Chevron refinery after Katrina - making no public remarks (White House photo).

"Chevron, which grew out of Standard Oil of California, got its first concession in Saudi Arabia in 1933 and opened its first office in the country in 1934, Robertson said." U.S. President George W. Bush's desire to cut U.S. dependence on Middle East oil shows a "misunderstanding" of global energy supply, the vice chairman of Chevron said.

George Keller also tackled the subject of free trade when the World Trade Club gave him this award eleven years ago. I read over the speech George gave back then and, once again, I was amazed at how little things have changed.

For instance . . .

George emphasized the need to find as much new oil as possible within the U.S. and elsewhere to reduce our dependence on imported oil. That still rings true today.

George also noted that our appalling trade imbalance at that time was due to two things -- lack of competitiveness among U.S. businesses and restrictive government policies.

Well, we've pretty much taken care of the first problem. 1998 speech by Kenneth Derr, CEO, Chevron.

George M. Keller, Trilateral Commission Roster, 1985. (Trilateral Commission)
Chevron - an inverted ā€˜Vā€™ on a shield, symbolizes protection. Protection granted as a reward to one who has achieved some notable service. Said to represent the rooftree of a house, and has sometimes been given to those who hae built churches or fortresses or who have accomplished work of faithful service. Stavely Genealogy

Chevron definition by google

American Theocracy


Anonymous Tutor said...

Where are the investigative reporters these days, and what might propel you into that work more visibly?

3/21/2006 5:15 PM  
Blogger Chuck Pinatubo said...

Most trained, educated journalists could do that, Tutor, and some of them manage to do so on their own time and dime, if they're lucky. The biggest stumbling block is the expense of something that's not going to sell a lot of advertising. The people backing a digging reporter have to be prepared for dead ends, disappointments and harassment. The reporter himself will definitely be harassed, stalking being the most common, and may even be murdered. Lawyers fees, FOIA requests that take ages and the need to consult specialists -- forensic accountants, for example -- put investigative reporting out of reach of most news outlets.

3/21/2006 8:47 PM  
Blogger Tom Matrullo said...

The predicament is not easy: There are good investigative reporters. Some of them have become captivated by the specialized skills of the trade. They do very rigorous work on subjects no one cares about, producing 16-page special sections so detailed and overreported that the only one giving it any eye-time is the parakeet. They exist, but how they decide what to investigate, and why, is unclear. Then, how could anyone in good conscience investigate for a newspaper that fails to mention little things like the oilogarchitude of its executive editor? Can we just reclassify the New York Times as a forestry and real estate operation that dabbles in prose and have done with it?

In recent days, Mr. Bush has taken unscripted questions, and the result has been truly enlightening. It's almost as if he's performed an investigative piece for us. He knows even less than we imagined about interest rates, logic, auto pricing, (remember his dad's trip to the supermarket?) and sundry other matters.

All the reporting that merely bolsters our unease with this "leader" is beside the point. In the interest of the welfare of the nation, he should be examined. His brain should be monitored for signs of alien nationbuilding. Someone should find out when he ever actually bought a car...a dildo...anything, really. He should be tested on US history, on economics, on causality, on addition and subtraction, on religious understanding, on grammar. His quiz marks should be posted, his grade level revealed, his neural net and blood alcohol level checked and published directly to the Net every two hours. We need to see all the way through him. Where is the fabled transparency of the Web? What news organization might be willing to take this on?

3/21/2006 9:04 PM  
Anonymous Tutor said...

"Test every President every year." "No President left behind." We must be accountable to measurable scores. It is not what he is or knows, it is the direction and velocity of change that must be measured, managed and incentivised so he can be the best he can be. Surely, this is setting a good example. "No one is above Wealth Bondage."

3/21/2006 9:44 PM  
Blogger Juke said...

On behalf of well-informed parakeets everywhere:
What possible good will anything accomplish that has Bush as its focus?
Censure - impeachment - ?
How can someone that scrambled have possibly got himself where he is?
The fusible link is made to burn out and be replaced.
So the thing would be to uncover and name precisely who and what put him there.
And censure that. Them. Those. There. Then.

3/22/2006 11:24 PM  
Blogger Tom Matrullo said...

That's a lot of censure, Juke.

3/23/2006 7:01 AM  
Blogger Jon Husband said...

vers un sens plus sur ?

3/24/2006 2:46 PM  

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