An oilco is any entity capable of killing or torturing or framing or blackmailing people to get oil. Entities that do not do these things have no access to oil because they do not control governments. Since World War II these have been few in number, but terror of them has spread everywhere.

US Senate investigations into oilco profits and taxes paid seem to indicate that these entities are also capable of tax evasion.


John Perkins' account of economic hit men operating in Iran, Panama, Ecuador, Iraq and elsewhere in the 1950s through 1990s, outlines the way oilcos have historically gained control of access to oil and transport routes required to move oil.

John Bacher's book Petrotyranny details the mechanisms used, and the players. In a commentary regarding the subject matter of his book, he writes:

"Unlike transitional European giants such as BP and Shell, major US-owned oil companies, such as" ConocoPhillips, "ExxonMobil, Chevron and Texaco, continue to deny the existence of global warming. Their fundamentalist oil-worshipping faith even survived a November 1998 corporate exodus from the pro-oil Global Climate Coalition led by Ford, General Motors, Boeing, Enron, Lockheed Martin, 3M and United Technologies.

Although driving is considered to be an American right more fundamental than the right to clean air and water, its power rests essentially on a perpetually manufactured consent. Its unspoken restrictions on freedom are so strong that several television networks have not permitted the airing of paid anti-car advertisements from environmental organizations.

The strength of the oil lobby is best revealed by the fact that US fuel efficiency standards are still weaker than those of Japan and Europe. Much of the credit goes to the Coalition for Vehicle Choice, the lobbying group created by the oil and automotive industries to fight tougher fuel-efficiency rules.

Although the oil and auto industries occasionally clash - with car makers taking more environmentally appropriate stands on issues such as toxic fuel additives - collusion between the two corporate giants in opposing greener cars and tougher environmental regulation is more typical behavior."

Bacher is surprisingly optimistic about ending this situation:

"Increasing the affordability of solar power is critical to phasing out fossil fuels. Politicians in Congress who are allied to oil interests understand this quite well - in a negative sense.

The successful battle to keep oil drilling out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and its two complementary Canadian national parks shows that, in a fully democratic society, oil power ultimately loses when confronted by a strong environmental movement.

The deadly trinity of oil, war and dictatorship presents the greatest challenge to humanity at the start of the new millennium. Fortunately, with conservation and by replacing fossil fuels and nuclear energy with renewables, it is possible to foster instead a holy trinity of peace, human rights and environmental sustainability."

[+] issue: political influence of oilcos