Democrats in Senate Seek to Block Deals for Iraqi Oil (Democrats want high oil and gas prices!)
"Schumer is a miserable excuse for a man .He is against anything that is good for America and bad for Liberal/Maoist Socialism !"
"Because Global Warming is kaput this Huge Oil Crisis is the answer to their prayers for the Hate a Strong America Crowd and the EU ."
"I love this bullsh*t line:"“It is our fear that this action by the Iraqi government could further deepen political tensions in Iraq and put our service members in even greater danger,” the letter says."
A group of Democratic senators led by Charles E. Schumer of New York is appealing to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to block a set of contentious no-bid oil contracts that Iraq has decided to award to the Western oil giants Exxon Mobil, Shell, Total and BP.
And if that appeal, which Mr. Schumer’s office said it faxed in the form of a letter to the State Department on Monday afternoon, is not heeded, the senators will try to cut off financing for as-yet-unspecified programs in Iraq that are not directly in support of American troops, Mr. Schumer said in an interview on Monday.
The letter is scheduled to be made public on Tuesday at a news conference in Washington by several senators: Mr. Schumer, vice chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus; John Kerry of Massachusetts, the former presidential candidate who is a senior member of the Foreign Relations Committee; and Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who serves on the Armed Services Committee.
The New York Times reported last week that the oil companies were in the latter stages of negotiating service contracts that would return them to Iraq 36 years after they were forced out by Saddam Hussein. The contracts, which have not been put out for bid, are modest in size but would also grant the companies advantages in later bidding for much more lucrative agreements to exploit Iraq’s richest oil fields.