August 03, 2006

Aug. 3, 2006: #6 Come By Chance Refinery, Vitol, UNSCAM & More


The news on Tongsun Park's conviction in the oil-for-food scandal, UNSCAM, led me to look further, especially upon seeing a Newfoundland connection, the Come By Chance refinery.

France to probe official in oil-for-food scandal Alan Freeman, Globe and Mail, June 27, 05, Page A11 -- or Boidevaix helped obtain ... ended up at the Come By Chance refinery , which is owned by Vitol through its North Atlantic Refining Ltd . unit . ...

WASHINGTON -- A French judge investigating the Iraq oil-for-food scandal is planning to look into the activities of Serge Boidevaix, the former French diplomat who played a crucial role in keeping Iraqi crude flowing to the Come By Chance oil refinery in Newfoundland during Saddam Hussein's rule. [....]

That led to Judi McLeod and Canada Free Press. She connected the dots to some off-book owners of NFL’s Houston Texans, oil and Iraq. I think the connections go even further -- to the United Nations University for Peace / UPEACE, Earth Day (environmental movement) and more ... to global governance and Canadian Maurice Strong, along with others.

Oil-for-Food finds NFL football! Judi McLeod, Canada Free Press, Feb 21, 2005

Canada Free Press founding editor Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years experience in the media. A former Toronto Sun and Kingston Whig Standard columnist, she has also appeared on, the Drudge Report,, and World Net Daily.

[....] Javier Loya is a new limited partner of the Houston Texans [football ]

[....] In this rags-to-riches saga, Javier [Loya] has an older brother by the name of Michael, who has an MBA from Harvard. Michael is listed as the president of a Switzerland-based oil-and-gas trading company that is among the world’s largest, right up their with France’s TotalFinaElf. The name of Michael’s company is--Vitol SA.

Vitol SA was a major holder of permits allowing it to buy Iraqi oil through the controversial Oil-for-Food program.

"Working through a former senior French diplomat
, Vitol [....]

[...] Newfoundland refinery called, Come by Chance ....

[...] gave Vitol access to crude oil.

[....] Mike’s kid brother, Javier [Loya].

One of Javier Loya’s clients is El Paso Energy, a company that bought Coastal, one of the Wyatt and Chalmers companies. This company has also been named in the Oil-for-Food probe.

A Hispanic Houston Chamber of Commerce article ... ponders, "How did Loya accumulate so much so quickly?"

In one article I read (which I cannot find right now), the Loyas were termed "wetbacks", that is, it seems that they entered the US illegally from Mexico.

Search: CHOICE! Energy [note the exclamation mark] , French President Jacques Chirac , off-book owners , NFL’s Houston Texans , Football , France’s TotalFinaElf , El Paso Energy

CHOICE! Energy -- energy brokerage -- CHOICE! Energy Services Retail -- commercial and residential -- Choice Energy and Choice Power.

Since its inception in 1994, CHOICE! has quickly grown to establish itself as one of the premier energy brokerage and consulting firms in the industry.

Telluride ... “green” festival .... a unique letter ...

“Welcome to Telluride .... Planet Bluegrass and festival partners Clif Bar, New Belgium Brewing Company and Renewable Choice Energy are excited to help reduce the environmental impacts of your travel to and from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival this year. We have invested in wind energy credits to offset 100% of the carbon emissions produced by your plane flights and vehicles to and from the Festival.”

Where have I heard of investment "in wind energy credits to offset 100% of the carbon emissions produced by your plane flights and vehicles"? ....... Ah, the Kyoto Accord. Check further on the links with Kyoto, the activists, wind power ... and probably the usual cabal in or connected to the UN ... just a guess but ...

1994 ... 2003 award

CHOICE! Energy President/CEO Javier Loya Recognized Among Top Entrepreneurs Energy Editors/Business Editors HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 28, 2003

.... named a finalist for Houston's 2003 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year(R) award .... in the "Energy and Energy Services" category.

[....] CHOICE! Energy is a Houston-based, Hispanic-owned energy services company. Since its inception in 1994, Choice has served as a leader in the institutional energy market

Intrigued, I continued searching "CHOICE! Energy" (

History of Earth Day By Senator Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day
Home - Renewable Choice Energy , Mambo - the dynamic portal engine and content management system
, Business Wire, 5/28/03

Note that this Earth Day history is hosted on "" (apparently using Mambo. For more on the Mambo Foundation, mambo content management system - Mambo - the dynamic portal engine and content management system ... The Mambo Foundation has recently carried out their first Annual . ...

Related: re: Mambo

Search: "Earth Day, Maurice Strong"

Maurice Strong at the 1992 Earth Summit ... Environmental Policy Task Force ... Earth Day Information Center Home Page ...

British Columbia Environmental Network -- Maurice Strong: Our Man in Rio (and San Francisco, too). By Michael Stoll ... How does World Environment Day complement and expand upon Earth Day? ...

The Secretary-General, U Thant, signed today an Earth Day Proclamation for the celebration of Earth ... Maurice Strong (Canada) UN Environmental Programme ... For more on Earth Day and what it means to all of us, we turn to Maurice Strong, who is hailed by the "New York ...

Joyce Morrison -- Earth Day or Earth Worship? Every year since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated on April 22. Most people choose that day to pick up ... Quoting Maurice Strong of the United Nations: …

Search: Earth Day, Maurice Strong, Gaylord Nelson
and several topics come up.


Environmental Quotes
Gaylord Nelson, The most important environmental issue... Gaylord Nelson, In the state of Wisconsin ... Maurice Strong, The Earth Summit must establish ...


Gaylord Nelson was quoted as saying, "The number one environmental problem ... CNN World's Earth Day show featured an interview with Maurice Strong of the ...

Global governance

Timeline to Global Governance
1970, First Earth Day - founder, Gaylord Nelson. ... Maurice Strong Conference leader ...

Global Governance?

Timeline to Global Governance
1970, First Earth Day - founder, Gaylord Nelson. ... Earth Council - created in Costa Rica by Maurice Strong to coordinate global implementation of Agenda ...

Note: "Earth Council - created in Costa Rica by Maurice Strong to coordinate global implementation of Agenda"

Maurice Strong, President of the Council and Rector of the United Nations University for Peace

Harvard University Center for the Environment (2003-2004): Public ... Maurice Strong, President of the Council and Rector of the United Nations University for Peace ... Gaylord Nelson, Former US Senator; Founder, Earth Day ...

[May not be available to the general public]

[March 9, 2000
Maurice Strong, President of the Council and Rector of the United Nations University for Peace

March 21, 1995
Gaylord Nelson, Former U.S. Senator; Founder, Earth Day [There are many more articles on this webpage such as

April 14, 1994
Song Jian, State Councillor, People's Republic of China; Minister, State Science and Technology Commission; Chairman, State Environmental Protection Committee] ]

Timeline to Global Governance 1970 to 1985 - SourceWatch
1970: First Earth Day ... by founder Gaylord Nelson. Earth Day History ... Maurice Strong Conference leader. Ingemund Bengtsson (Sweden) elected as ...

Harvard: the Future Vehicle Project

Harvard University Center for the Environment
May 4, 2005, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Delivering the Future: Public Private Partnerships for a Cleaner Environment

This year’s Roy family environmental award is being presented to the Future Vehicle Project, a collaboration of Environmental Defense [Fred Krupp, president], FedEx Express [David Bronczek, CEO] and the Eaton Corporation [James Sweetnam, senior vice president] [That is Cyrus Eaton of the Pugwash Conferences]. The Future Vehicle Project has introduced a hybrid delivery truck that increases fuel efficiency by more than 50 percent and reduces particulate emissions by 96 percent. With 18 hybrid trucks already on the road, FedEx plans to build on the success of this demonstration and make the hybrid vehicles the standard replacement in its weight class of 30,000 medium-duty trucks.

[....] Henry Lee, director of the Kennedy School’s Environment and Natural Resources program, in announcing the 2005 award winner. [....]

... projects from around the world that tackled tough environmental problems .... the Future Vehicle Project ranked first in each of three reviews.

[....] demonstrates effective NGO and private sector partnership. [...]

The Global Environmental Agenda: Origins and Prospects
Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson came up with the concept of a. national teach-in for the environment, and thus launched what. became the first Earth Day. ...

The Global Environmental Agenda:
Origins and Prospects
James Gustave Speth

[....] What has emerged over the past two decades is the international community’s first attempt at global environmental governance. [....]

Third, we need to address more directly the underlying causes of environmental degradation, such as population growth, poverty and underdevelopment, inadequate technologies, and market failure brought on by failure to insist on environmentally honest prices.

What are "environmentally honest prices"?

United Nations University for Peace: a link from

(Bear with me on this; there is a point.)

Texas Energy Services is a division of CHOICE! Energy, LP

CHOICE! Energy, LP is a wholesale institutional brokerage of natural gas, electricity, & refined products .... over-the-counter institutional energy brokerage in North America. We provide multi-national corporations, institutional banks, oil companies, utilities, and energy marketers with a single comprehensive source for market liquidity, price discovery, market experience and intelligence.

Javier Loya: CEO of CHOICE! Energy

Enrique Javier Loya is the president and chief executive officer of Houston-based CHOICE! Energy. He has held this position since acquiring a controlling interest in the firm in August 2000.

Loya helped found CHOICE! Energy in 1994 [....]

Prior to establishing CHOICE! Energy, Loya was a natural gas options broker with First National Crude Oil where he managed accounts consisting of major oil companies, natural gas producers, electrical utilities, institutional banks and energy marketers.

Loya, a first generation Mexican-American born in El Paso, Texas [elsewhere, I have read that he was Mexican-born], made headlines in 2002 when he signed on as a minority owner of the NFL’s Houston Texans. [....]

On that website is information on his speech to "Marketing Opportunities & Networking for Entrepreneurial Youth (MONEY) conference."

Search: United Nations University, peace

United Nations Affiliated University for Peace Jan. 31, 05 -- or UN-Affiliated University for Peace Appoints New Rector Jan. 31, 2005, United Nations Information Service Vienna
[Incidentally, Vienna is also home of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)]

UNIS Vienna: UN University for Peace

NEW YORK, 27 January (University for Peace) -- Maurice Strong, Chair of the Council of the University for Peace (UPEACE), who is also Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, announced today the appointment of Julia Marton-Lefèvre to the position of Rector of UPEACE. [UN Univ. for Peace]

Ms. Marton-Lefèvre, is currently Executive Director of Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) International, a United Kingdom-based global network of individuals and non-governmental organizations established on the initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation and committed to fostering leadership for environment and development through training, dialogue and research. [.... replacing Rector Martin Lees ]

“Ms. Marton-Lefèvre ... more than 30 years of experience in fields closely related to the purposes of UPEACE. .... United Nations, with professional organizations and other non-governmental organizations, as well as Executive Director of the International Council for Science (ICSU), ...

Would this be open science, published in scholarly scientific journals for other scientists to try to replicate and/or to add their research results which might not agree ... or would it be more controlled science information and less subject the rest of the scientific world's input?

... Mr. Lees [will be] Rector Emeritus and Special Adviser. “... play a key continuing role in contributing to the further expansion and strengthening of UPEACE, particularly in relations with its growing network of strategic partners, financial supporters and the development of new initiatives”, said Mr. Strong.

UPEACE was established in 1980 [....]

UPEACE, the only institution empowered by the United Nations to grant university degrees at the Master’s and Doctoral levels, currently offers six Master’s Degree Programmes to students coming from 37 countries at its campus located in Costa Rica, as well as short courses in various locations. It has also established regional programmes and is developing a major programme of dissemination of teaching materials and distance education in partnership with other leading universities and institutions in the field, using state-of-the-art technologies.

For further information contact: Georges Tsaï, Vice-Rector University for Peace, San José, Costa Rica, tel.: (506) 205-9000, e-mail:

Distance education lends itself to and may be more closed to opposing views and more controlled than education where the student attends a physical university where the student comes up against other human beings, other points of view, from scientists and other scholars and/or inventors. Why do I suspect that it is other points of view which are discouraged, perhaps unwanted, in this education? Consider the difficulties scientists who have other points of view have had getting any play in the media in Canada, even though they, themselves, paid to make one or more videos (posted on Frost Hits the Rhubarb within the last year or so -- perhaps between April and June, 2005). Their views did not fit in with the plans of the Martin Liberals and the scientists, non-scientists and businesses which were already onside. (Frost, May-June, I think.)

Remember Maurice Strong's network on which I've posted previously? (Jan.-Feb. 06 and subsequently) Does it fit in somewhere? Does UPEACE / United Nations University have any connection with that alternate network?


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