Wordpower

oil rig v. to win a contract through close personal links to a government.

spoil v. to spill oil.

Shell n. protective layer that separates money from conscience.

unsustainable adj. (environmental) precious; in need of protection; (corporate) precious; in need of exploitation.

tanker n. cockney rhyming slang for an oil company executive (colloq.)

oxymoron n.pl. oil reserves

mag cover This article is from the November 2004 issue of New Internationalist.
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