Halliburton Chair Milton Carroll and Jim Crane, "leading figures in the Texas oil and gas industry," played golf with President Obama this past weekend, while thousands of Keystone XL Pipeline Protesters stormed the White House.
You probably heard that Obama played golf with Tiger Woods this weekend, "at a secluded, exclusive yacht and golf club on Florida's Treasure Coast," as reported by Darlene Superville of Seattlepi, who also reported on the frustration of the press for being "locked out" of the event. The White House, Superville explained, "made clear from the start of Obama's trip that there would be no coverage of him because he would be on vacation..." Perhaps the fact that Obama was "on vacation" was not the only reason he was not keen for the press to be wandering about.
Although it has not been largely reported, Obama also played with "a pair of Texans who are key oil, gas and pipeline players," as revealed by the Huffington Post; at the very same time the Sierra Club and 350.org among others organized a rally to "tell Barack Obama it's time to lead in the fight against climate change, beginning with the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline." Obama mentioned climate change during the recent State of the Union Address. He said, "I urge this Congress to pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change..."
HuffPo failed to mention that one of the "big oil" executives, Milton Carroll, is also Chairman of the Board at Halliburton. His company, CenterPoint Energy, received "$200 million in federal grant money to upgrade its system to a Smart Grid." Jim Crane, on the other hand, "gave the maximum $5,000 to the Obama campaign and $30,800 to the Democratic National Committee (DNC)." Wow, these big oil guys love Obama. It is weird, because the President has been very clear, especially during the George W. Bush presidency, that he is not a fan of "big oil". In fact, remember this campaign ad that accused Mitt Romney for "standing with big oil"?
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