Friday, July 11, 2003

  • Drilling and Killing: As President Bush Meets with the CEO of Chevron Texaco in Nigeria, a Look at Chevron’s Role in the Killing of Two Nigerian Villagers


    President Bush arrives in Nigeria today. As he wraps up his five-day Africa tour, he is accompanied by a large entourage of corporate executives. Front and center are the oil executives. Bush is set to meet with ChevronTexaco CEO and chairman Dave O’Reilly. Other transnational corporations attending include ExxonMobil and Shell Petroleum.

    Bush is joined by his National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice. Rice is a former board member of Chevron. The company named an oil tanker after her, The Condoleezza Rice.

    Nigeria is Africa’s largest oil producer, cranking out more than two million barrels a day. Nearly 750,000 barrels of Nigeria’s oil go to the United States every day. That is eight percent of total US crude oil imports.

    A former US diplomat in Africa, Vincent Farley told Cox News Service, "If the US intervention in Iraq does not bring peace in the Middle East, then the US may have to look to other sources of oil." He said, "And Africa is at the top of the list."

    Today, we spend the hour with the Democracy Now! documentary Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria’s Oil Dictatorship. [includes rush transcript]

  • Transcript of Drilling and Killing Documentary