“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln

The Lobby And Real Power.

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The word “lobby” has probably crept up the list of most used words in the last three to five years.

But I’m not going to talk about Walt and “friends”, rather Bob points us to a piece on Left Foot Forward to one of the most secretive and well funded pressure groups.

The tentacles of this pressure group spread across the world from the Middle East, to America, Africa and even the Netherlands.

This pressure group is well-connected in all major Western European capitals and beyond. The slightest shift by them causes politicians to come running. Past US vice presidents were in the pocket of his lobby. The handiwork of this nefarious lobby can be seen within every city.

What is more surprising, is that we don’t discuss the overall influence of this lobby, so who are they?

The Oil lobby, that’s who.

From Texas to the Gulf Coast, to oil rigs scattered around the coast of Africa and the mass wealth accumulated in the Middle East, the Oil Lobby exerts fantastic influence, but they are rarely discussed.

From swaggering Texas oil executives to Middle Eastern potentates and their paid lobbyists scurrying around Washington, the power and the influence of the Oil Lobby is seldom touched upon.

Until now, Left Foot Forward discusses some of the Oil Lobby’s connections with the Tory Party, it is well worth a read.

So the next time, someone lowers their voice and starts to discuss the “Lobby”, please remind them who has the most money (oil companies), the most power (oil rich countries of the Middle East) and the most influence:

The Oil Lobby, that’s who.

Written by modernityblog

05/12/2009 at 14:47

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