2,027. 5/16/2001

“The [Cheney Energy] task force released its final report, ‘National Energy Policy,’ in May [16] 2001. It lays out quite succinctly the priorities of the Bush administration and Big Oil [the major oil companies], paying particular attention to Middle East oil. The report found that ‘by any estimation, Middle East oil producers will remain central to the world oil security’ and that ‘the [Persian] Gulf will be a primary focus of U.S. international energy policy.’ The report argues that Middle Eastern countries should be urged ‘to open up areas of their energy sectors to foreign investment.’ ”

 – Antonia Juhasz, The Tyranny of Oil, Page 341

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