It's time for a reality check: Politics and business don't mix, and that is especially true if you are in the energy business today.
There are claims that energy industry executives "lied" when they testified before Congress last week, and that has Democrats smelling blood. The claim is that at least two companies, Exxon Mobil (XOM - Get Report) and ConocoPhillips (COP - Get Report), had officials participate in the now-infamous 2001 Cheney Energy Task Force. Both companies' executives testified before Congress last week that they were not involved in the proceedings.
And, moreover, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.), claims that Shell Oil (RDS.A) President John Hofmeister was not truthful about the company's decision to shutter its refinery in Bakersfield, Calif.
There is now chatter that the executives should be dragged back to Washington, shackled and forced to sit through another six hours of questions from senators who have only one item on their agenda: find a way to blame these executives for every worldly ill, all of which, of course, are the result of higher oil and gasoline prices.