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Nalco's Corexit brand of dispersant is an EPA preapproved, effective, low-toxicity dispersant that is readily available "and we continue to use it," Dean [Scott, spokesperson for BP]said.
A consortium of private equity firms comprised of The Blackstone Group, Apollo Management, L.P. and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners (collectively, the "Investor Group") announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ondeo Nalco ("Nalco") from Suez S.A. Nalco is the world leader in providing water treatment and process chemicals and services to companies in the general industrial, institutional, pulp and paper and energy sectors.
The Centre for European Reform (CER) brings together Atlanticist, New Labour, neo-liberal and neo-conservative elements in a well-funded and promoted EU military-industrial lobby.
The CER are also partners in the New Atlantic Initiative(NAI) which involves several neo-conservative organisations such as the Project for the New American Century and is a spin-off from the Institute for European Defence and Strategic Studies funded by the American Enterprise Institute.
Many of the CER’s small group of people have later joined ‘governments or EU institutions.’ But questions as to why ‘senior officials, ministers and commissioners’ get something for nothing remain; and a more important question is why is the CER utterly dependent on the ‘donations’ of its funders which mostly have connections with the advisory board: Accenture, APCO, AstraZeneca, BAE Systems, BAT, BP, British Bankers’ Association, BT, Chubb Investment Services, Daily Mail and General Trust, Deutsche Bank, Diageo, EADS, EDS, The Economist, Express Dairies, German Marshall Fund of the US, GKN, GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman Sachs, KPMG, Lockheed Martin, Merck, Northern Foods, Pearson, Portland Place Capital, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Telecom Italia, Tesco, Thales, Unilever, United Utilities, UPS, Weber Shandwick Adamson and WPP Group.
An article in the Daily Telegraph about Butler's quitting BP in 2006 describes him as “a key conduit between the oil giant and Downing Street”. The article adds that Butler's reputation has become "strained" by “leaks about conflict with BP's chairman, Peter Sutherland” and that he is “close to Jonathan Powell”, Tony Blair's then chief of staff. The Times rumoured that he was "used in a plot to oust a sitting MP" so that Ed Balls, the right-hand man of the then chancellor Gordon Brown, "could be assured of the nomination" for a safe Labour seat in Parliament
According to official Trilateral Commission membership lists, there are only eighty-seven members from the United States (the other 337 members are from other countries). Thus, within two weeks of his inauguration, Obama’s appointments encompassed more than 12 percent of Commission’s entire US membership.
Trilateral appointees include:
* Secretary of Treasury, Tim Geithner
* Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice
* National Security Advisor, Gen. James L. Jones
* Deputy National Security Advisor, Thomas Donilon
* Chairman, Economic Recovery Committee, Paul Volker
* Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis C. Blair
* Assistant Secretary of State, Asia & Pacific, Kurt M. Campbell
* Deputy Secretary of State, James Steinberg
* State Department, Special Envoy, Richard Haass
* State Department, Special Envoy, Dennis Ross
* State Department, Special Envoy, Richard Holbrooke
There are many other links in the Obama administration to the Trilateral Commission. For instance, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is married to Commission member William Jefferson Clinton.
Secretary of Treasury Tim Geithner’s informal group of advisors include E. Gerald Corrigan, Paul Volker, Alan Greenspan, and Peter G. Peterson, all members. Geithner’s first job after college was with Trilateralist Henry Kissinger at Kissinger Associates.