May 9, 1997
George W. Bush loves baseball. And why not? After all, baseball has been very good to the governor.
When Robert L. Waltrip's time comes, he will likely get the same treatment accorded any of his customers at Houston's Service Corporation International (SCI). Two men will pick him up, place him in a black plastic bag, lift him onto a stretcher, load him into a dark-colored vehicle, and drive him to a low-slung metal building at Thirty-Fourth Street and Ella Road -- what SCI insiders call the prep center.
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation has canceled $100 million in political risk insurance for a huge gold mining project in Indonesia that is operated by Freeport-McMoran Copper and Gold Inc.
Long before ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), United States energy producers were finding a fertile market in Mexico. Surging population growth, coupled with expanding industrialization, have increased Mexico's energy appetite by nearly 300 percent over the past 20 years. To meet the demand, Mexico has been importing increasing amounts of natural gas and liquid petroleum products from US oil and gas producers.
Vice presidential candidate Al Gore has recommended a tax on carbon-based fuels as a way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, cut air pollution and save energy. Because of his support for the tax, he is under attack. Rich Bond, chairman of the Republican National Committee, recently called Mr. Gore an "international environmental extremist.'
When a Texaco pipeline broke and spilled a million gallons of crude oil, ruining six acres of his grassland and contaminating his groundwater, Rex Pigmon got mad. When the company offered the west Texas rancher $1,200 for the damage, he got a lawyer.
(Big Spring, Texas) Cash Schriefer says he knew the bird he was fishing out of the oil waste pit in southern Oklahoma in late January was big. He thought it was a goose at first, says the United States Fish and Wildlife Service special agent. But when Mr. Schriefer finally pulled the oil-covered bird out of the abandoned waste pit, he was amazed at its size. A six-foot wingspan, massive talons, and yellow beak told Schriefer immediately that the bird was a bald eagle.
From the air, the small lakes and lagoons that dot the oil fields of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico look inviting to migrant birds. But many of the water holes are fouled with oil that sticks to the feathers of ducks, herons, cranes and geese and slowly suffocates them.