The Sweet Smell of Oil

Engler, Robert
September 1955
New Republic;9/19/55, Vol. 133 Issue 12, p12
The article focuses on the speech on the postwar public-relations program for the oil industry in the American Petroleum Institute by Robert T. Haslam, vice-president of the Standard Oil Co. There was nothing new about oil's interest in public relations. It had existed in some forms from the early days of the industry. But there was little need to be defensive in the robber baron period when predatory business practices were judged to be harmonious with the Constitution, natural law and human nature. The U.S. was expanding, and oil was an integral part of that growth.


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