Maddow on Colbert: Russia’s Oil and Gas Weapon

October 2, 2019

“Russia helped Trump get elected…right after they did a half TRILLION dollar oil deal with Rex Tillerson..and then Rex Tillerson became the person in charge of US Foreign Policy…under Donald Trump, who Russia had just helped install in power – that itself is frickin’ weird…”

Yeah, weird.

9 Responses to “Maddow on Colbert: Russia’s Oil and Gas Weapon”

  1. a-rogers Says:

    Did you see the National Geo Sept. issue on the melting in the Arctic? The military presence there is chilling.


    • J4Zonian Says:

      Actually, ahem… it’s warming. Soot from the heavy fuel oil used by ships makes the ice darker, speeding melting, so it’s yet another positive feedback loop that’s screwing the biosphere ever faster; melting opens passages and access to resources, using them increases shipping in the area which melts more ice, opening more areas for shipping and extraction…

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      It is still so frustrating that, while climate change is getting more coverage, the media can still write stories about the oil industry and fuel prices from a political or economic perspective (Saudi refinery damage, Ecuador leaving OPEC so it is no longer constrained in how much oil it can sell), without linking them to atmospheric CO2 levels. Even Rachel Maddow’s description on Colbert of how nasty and corrupt the international oil industry is didn’t mention global warming.

  2. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    She mentioned the corruption in Equatorial Guinea. The Swiss are auctioning off the President’s son’s super high end car collection as part of a corruption prosecution, the proceeds from which will go to EG charities to address their deep poverty.

  3. Earl Mardle Says:

    Sudan is the perfect example. The South agitated for years because the government in the north monopolised the benefits of the extraction from the south. ie, corruption screwing the people who sat on the resource. There were harsh words and South Sudan became an independent state on 9 July 2011, following 98.83% support for independence in a January 2011 referendum.[22][23]

    It has suffered ethnic violence and endured a civil war since 2013.

    Life may not be a bed of roses in the north, but it doesn’t make the news for mass slaughter either.

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