Oil Exec Follow-up

Ken AshfordCongress, Corporate Greed, CrimeLeave a Comment

As I wrote yesterday, it looks like oil exceutives lied to Congess (not under oath, however).

Well, today I can report that the story may have legs:

Democrats asked the U.S. attorney general Wednesday to investigate whether top executives from big oil companies lied to Congress when they said their companies did not take part in Vice President Dick Cheney’s energy task force.

Democrats and environmental groups have fought unsuccessfully to find out which energy industry executives met privately with Cheney’s group in 2001 as it prepared a broad plan friendly to oil industry interests. Environmental groups said they were mostly excluded from the discussions.

At a Senate hearing last week on record oil profits, Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey asked five executives, "Did your company or any representatives in your companies participate in Vice President Cheney’s energy force in 2001?"

Each executive answered the question in the negative.

However, The Washington Post reported Wednesday that a White House document showed some companies did in fact meet with the task force.