The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Oil companies' interests complicate aid picture

Jan 10, 2005

ConocoPhillips has 13 licenses, covering 13.5 million acres, for exploring and producing oil and gas fields in Indonesia. In Indonesia's Aceh province, a place hard-hit by the tsunami, ExxonMobil operates one of the largest natural gas fields in the world, which has enriched the company by perhaps 40 billion dollars. At least 9 other oil and gas companies have Indonesian interests, including ChevronTexaco with 107 active oil fields and 6,569 production wells.

Thus, when the oil family of Papa Bush, George, and Jeb say they are sending aid to tsunami victims, it might be important to ask: exactly which victims will end up with the dollars? The oil companies?