Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Etymology of Petroleum - 'Peak Oil' - Fake 'Scarcities' - 'Paradigm-Altering Subject' - Comments by Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty - Abiotic vs FossilAbel Danger Presents: The Etymology of Petroleum, and the Monopolists' 'Peak Oil' Scam
To begin, let's examine the definition and etymology of the word petroleum (rock oil), so readers can see how monopolists are using the pretext of 'fossil fuel' scarcity (peak oil) to fix an artificially high price for this abundant hydrocarbon fuel.
a liquid mixture of hydrocarbons that is present in certain rock strata and can be extracted and refined to produce fuels including gasoline, kerosene, and diesel oil; oil.
ORIGIN late Middle English : from medieval Latin, from Latin petra ‘rock’ (from Greek) + Latin oleum ‘oil.’
Beware the 'Peak Oil' Agenda
by Dave McGowan
In order to pull off this stunt, all the world's major oil producing regions must be solidly under the control of the U.S. and its co-conspirators, otherwise known as 'allies.' In other words, the puppet-masters have to control all the major oil taps, so that they have complete control over the flow of oil -- or lack of it. And that, in a nutshell, is the real reason for America's recent military ventures. The goal, you see, is not to steal Iraq's oil, or the oil in the 'Stans, or in the Sudan, or in Venezuela, or anywhere else. We don't want to take their oil, because the truth is that we don't really need it (http://www.oilandgasreporter.com/stories/090101/cov_opinions.shtml). What we want to do is sit on the taps so no one else can get to the oil.
The Peakers have claimed that the Central Asian adventure - launched with the invasion of Afghanistan, but certainly not limited to Afghanistan - has largely been a bust. We have all heard the spin: the hoped-for reserves aren't there, what has been found can't be extracted economically, the grand plan simply didn't pan out, yadda, yadda, yadda.
Frankly, I find all of that a little hard to believe. After all, hasn't Central Asia been the subject of intense interest and study by geologists and the petroleum industry for the last century or so? You would think that the lords of oil were operating on more than just a hunch when they drafted this gameplan. And I couldn't help noticing that the United States has established a massive military presence in the area, and it looks very much like it was designed to be a permanent military presence. If the oil and gas aren't there, then what exactly is it that our troops are standing guard over?
At least one researcher has doggedly claimed that the Central Asian and Middle Eastern military ventures are but a prelude to military confrontations with Russia and China. But that hardly seems to be the case. It does not appear as though there is any urgent need for 'regime change' in Russia or China, since the West seems to already have 'friendly' regimes in place in both countries. And I have to add here that if the ruling regimes of Russia and China really are enemies of the United States, they will undoubtedly go down in history as the stupidest enemies of all time for watching approvingly as the United States entrenched its military machine in their backyards on the most transparent of pretexts.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, I believe that the Central Asian adventure has been wildly successful. True, the West hasn't reaped the bounty of the region's oil and gas reserves -- but I don't think that was ever the goal. To the contrary, I think the U.S. has done exactly what it set out to do: deny anyone else the opportunity - by force if necessary, and it will become necessary - to exploit the area's resources.
Also contrary to conventional wisdom, I believe that the Iraq adventure has also been successful. Again, the goal was not to steal Iraqi oil; the goal was to shut down or severely limit the flow of Iraqi oil, and that goal has obviously been accomplished. Indeed, some reports have held that American troops (and American mercenaries) are responsible for at least some of the pipeline bombings and other attacks on the Iraqi oil infrastructure.
Interestingly, Michael Ruppert began one of his recent "Peak is the Word" rants with an ominous quote attributed to an "Anonymous Middle Eastern Participant at the Third Conference of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas – Berlin, May 2004." The quote, which Ruppert presents without comment, reads as follows:
This statement, if taken literally, is patently absurd -- beginning with the Bill O'Reillyesque claim that the 'terr'ists' somehow scored a victory in Spain, and continuing through the astounding leap of faith required to equate manufactured attacks on commuter trains to widespread attacks on oil facilities. The only way that the uncredited statement makes any sense at all is as a tip-off that the CIA's future playbook is packed with false-flag terr'ist operations directed at critical oil facilities -- especially in countries that haven't yet been convinced that their vast oil reserves don't really exist.
The one thing that every Middle Eastern leader, manager, and planner who dreams of holding his country together fears now, is that there will be a widespread uprising, inspired by the perceived victory against Spain after Madrid, and Spain's withdrawal from Iraq, that it might prompt much of the Muslim world to start attacking oil facilities everywhere. This is the way they see that has worked to defeat the West and to avenge their grievances. May God help us all if that happens. (http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/062104_berlin_peak.html)
In order to carry out the 'Peak Oil' agenda, the powers-that-be need to have all the major oil producers on board. Some of them have been on board all along. Some have to be recruited through military force (Iraq, for example). Some will be compelled to join the team through covert operations (e.g., Venezuela). And some are being brought on board through threats, intimidation, and saber rattling.
The two most sought after recruits, of course, are Russia and Saudi Arabia, since they are the world's two top oil producing nations. As of this past April, Saudi Arabia apparently hadn't yet received the latest memos on 'Peak.' Much to the consternation of Ruppert and his handlers, Saudi officials announced on April 28 that the Kingdom's estimate of recoverable reserves had nearly quintupled! (The article below says "tripled," but the math isn't that hard to do.)
Note that the oil reserves claimed by Saudi Arabia alone (1.2 trillion barrels) exceed what the Peakers claim are the total recoverable oil reserves for the entire planet. Let's pause here for a minute and think about the significance of that: one tiny patch of land, accounting for less than than 1/2 of 1% of the earth's total surface area, potentially contains more oil than the 'Peak' pitchmen claim the entire planet has to offer! Is there not something clearly wrong with this picture?
Saudi Oil Is Secure and Plentiful, Say Officials
Tim Kennedy, Arab News
WASHINGTON, 29 April 2004 — Officials from Saudi Arabia’s oil industry and the international petroleum organizations shocked a gathering of foreign policy experts in Washington yesterday with an announcement that the Kingdom’s previous estimate of 261 billion barrels of recoverable petroleum has now more than tripled, to 1.2 trillion barrels.
Additionally, Saudi Arabia’s key oil and finance ministers assured the audience — which included US Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan — that the Kingdom has the capability to quickly double its oil output and sustain such a production surge for as long as 50 years.
“Saudi Arabia now has 1.2 trillion barrels of estimated reserve. This estimate is very conservative. Our analysis gives us reason to be very optimistic. We are continuing to discover new resources, and we are using new technologies to extract even more oil from existing reserves,” the minister said.
Naimi said Saudi Arabia is committed to sustaining the average price of $25 per barrel set by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. He said prices should never increase to more than $28 or drop under $22.
“Saudi Arabia’s vast oil reserves are certainly there,” Naimi added. “None of these reserves requires advanced recovery techniques. We have more than sufficient reserves to increase output. If required, we can increase output from 10.5 million barrels a day to 12 - 15 million barrels a day. And we can sustain this increased output for 50 years or more. There will be no shortage of oil for the next 50 years. Perhaps much longer.”
Needless to say, that sort of candor by the Saudis could put a serious crimp in Washington's plans to sell the 'Peak Oil' scam. Perhaps that is why, just three days after that announcement, the Saudi oil industry was attacked by some of those terr'ists. Not to be deterred, however, Saudi officials announced three weeks later, on May 21, that the Kingdom still intended to dramatically increase its petroleum output. And a week after that, on May 29, those crafty terr'ists launched yet another brazen attack on the Saudi oil industry. Shit happens, I guess.
At that very same time, and in the months that followed, the U.S. was sending clear signals that it would not hesitate to set its military dogs loose on the Kingdom if necessary. Michael Moore's "the Saudis are the real enemy" movie, for example, splashed across America's screens. Various voices involved in both the official and unofficial 9-11 investigations were pointing the finger toward the Saudis as well. The message couldn't have been clearer: "we can easily drum up public support for 'regime change' if you won't play ball." The Saudis, it would appear, have now fallen in line.
Meanwhile, in Russia, the regime of Western puppet Vladimir Putin has been working diligently to transfer control of Russian oil production to what the L.A. Times referred to as "more complaint owners." From a July 23, 2004 report by Kim Murphy:
"Yukos," according to the Times, "produces about 1.7 million barrels of oil a day, equal to some OPEC countries." The turning point in the case against Yukos, the Times noted, came "when court bailiffs moving to execute an initial $3.4-billion tax judgment announced that they were preparing to seize and sell not one of the dozens of small Yukos assets that might easily settle the tax bill, but the company's production unit, Yuganskneftegaz ... the two-month deadline for selling the company means there would be little time to raise financing, and a potential buyer would acquire it at a fire-sale price, analysts said. The government listed the unit's official value at about $1.8 billion."
Since the arrest in October of former CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky, now on trial on charges of fraud and tax evasion [editor's note: probably trumped-up charges], the financial community has debated the Russian government's decision to assess at least $8 billion in back taxes against Yukos: Was it to punish Khodorkovsky for his political activism and alleged financial misdeeds, but leave his company intact? To hand control of the company to more complaint hands? Or destroy a company that produces 2% of the world's oil supply?
("Oil Flow Could End, Yukos Says," Los Angeles Times, July 23, 2004)
The actual value of Yuganskneftegaz, as the Times admitted, is probably closer to $30 billion, or nearly 17 times the Russian government's ludicrous assessment. And who do you suppose will acquire the assets of Yukos, and the control of Yukos, at these fire-sale prices? I'm guessing it could very well be one or more of the Western oil giants. The Russian people, of course, will be less than thrilled with such a scenario, which is probably one of the key reasons that Putin has recently opted to reveal the iron fist within the velvet glove.
Michael Ruppert, being the top-notch journalist that he is, has either completely ignored or grotesquely misrepresented these recent developments in Russia and Saudi Arabia. The 'Peak Oil' crowd has claimed, with nothing to offer in the way of supporting evidence, that the Saudis are lying about their oil reserves and their ability to increase production. The Peakers have also strongly implied that the Saudis actually attacked their own facilities, so that they would not have to deliver on their promises. No logical explanation has been offered though for why the Saudis would lie and then immediately attack themselves to cover up the fact that they were lying. It seems to me like it would have taken less effort to just not tell the lie to begin with. The Saudis, meanwhile, have insisted that it is the Peakers who are lying. (http://www.menafn.com/qn_news_story_s.asp?StoryId=42933)
[For a discussion of the 'evidence' presented by the Peakers, see Michael Lynch at http://www.aramcoexpats.com/ArticleDetail.asp?article=701. Lynch concludes: "There literally seems to be no evidence that the Saudi oil fields are facing any unusual challenges or that Saudi production will be constrained in the future by anything other than policy ... The use of vague language ("tired" fields, "challenges") rather than specifics about efforts and costs indicates that this is one more instance of Malthusian bias."]
Even if the Saudis could boost production, say the Peakers, no one would want their extra crude anyway, because, as it turns out, Saudi crude oil just isn't very good. Who knew? What will we learn from the Ruppertians next? That you can't get decent champagne in France? That Russian caviar isn't all it's cracked up to be?
On the FTW website is a re-post of an article that begins: "The world's oil refiners are unimpressed by Saudi Arabia's boost to production capacity that would only swell supplies of sour, high sulphur crude while they hanker for sweet oil ... 'Most refiners couldn't take more sour if they tried,' said one refiner, who asked not to be named. 'We have a glut of sour crude and a short supply squeeze on low sulphur crude oil and products, so extra Saudi makes no difference whatsoever,' a physical oil trader said."
Now, I hesitate to point this out, because I know that Ruppert prides himself on his journalistic professionalism, as well as his police training, and I certainly wouldn't want to needlessly embarrass him, but the truth of the matter is that the article that The Great One re-posted appears to be a fake -- a fake that was planted, no doubt, for the 'Peak' team to 'find.'
Here are a few clues that Detective Ruppert missed: the article ran in the tabloidesque Gulf Daily News, which claims to be the "Voice of Bahrain," although one wouldn't expect Bahrain to speak in an English voice; the article has no byline, indicating that no real reporter wanted his name attached to it; and the two alleged insiders quoted to establish the premise of the article declined to be identified, even though they were supposedly voicing an uncontroversial opinion shared throughout the industry.
What we have here then is an unsigned, unsourced article from the Middle Eastern version of the National Enquirer being presented as real journalism. And this from the man who constantly questions the journalistic ethics and integrity of his detractors! Simply put, if this was a real news story that Ruppert was promoting, he would have been able to round up at least one credible report from a legitimate media outlet.
Bizarrely enough, Ruppert has headlined the fake article, "Peak Oil On The Table - Hard To Miss." Really, Mike? It can't be that hard to miss, because I'm having trouble seeing it myself. I realize that it might be partly my fault, since I haven't been attending the 'Peak' indoctrination sessions, but here is what I'm having difficulty with: I get the part about how we're quickly running out of oil, and I understand that it is foolish to consider the viability of alternative energy sources, because only oil will do; but are you now saying that we also have to be very picky about what kind of oil we use?
That reminds me of a story about a guy who was lost in the desert and spent days wandering aimlessly in search of water. This guy - we'll call him Peak Oil Man - was followed by a circling vulture, who occasionally spoke to him. At one point, the vulture asked Peak Oil Man why he kept ignoring all the succulent plants along his route, from which he could extract life-saving fluids. "A waste of time," said Peak Oil Man, "must have water." Later in the journey, Peak Oil Man stopped to relieve himself in the sand. "Why do you not capture and drink your urine, Peak Oil Man," asked the vulture. "It could save your life." Ignoring the vulture, Peak Oil Man pushed on, still muttering his mantra: "must have water." Eventually, Peak Oil Man - emaciated, severely dehydrated, and barely clinging to life - stumbled upon a stranger, and the stranger extended his hand and offered Peak Oil Man a container of water. Peak Oil Man raised the vessel to his lips and began to drink, but quickly spat out the offending liquid. "Is that fucking tap water!?" asked Peak Oil Man. "Where can I get some bottled water around here?" And the vulture said: "But Peak Oil Man, how can you afford to be so picky at a time of such great need? How can you turn away not only viable alternatives to water, but even water itself if the water offered to you doesn't meet your high standards? It is almost as if you don't really need water at all." Peak Oil Man just smiled and continued on his way.
Meanwhile, Mexico, which also hasn't been reading the 'Peak' memos, recently announced the discovery of massive quantities of new petroleum reserves. The Peakers, as we all know, repeatedly claim that no new reserves of any consequence have been found for years. In fact, they go so far as to say that there are no new reserves to be found. In one recent collection of lies posted on the FTW website, Julian Darley writes: "Major oil discoveries have declined every year so that 2003 saw no new field over 500 million barrels ... It is well over twenty years since more oil was found than consumed in a year."
Really, Mr. Darley? Are you sure about that? Let's check with the Mexican press to see if you are correct:
No new fields over 500 million barrels? How about the 45 billion new barrels sitting in the Gulf of Mexico, right in our own backyard? Isn't that just a tiny bit more than is "consumed in a year"?
Three years of exploration has enabled Pemex to map oilfields that the state-owned oil monopoly believes will more than double the nation's known crude oil reserves. Luis Ramírez Corzo, Pemex's director for exploration, told EL UNIVERSAL that on a "conservative" estimate, almost 54 billion barrels lie underneath the oilfields. That would take Mexico's reserves to 102 billion barrels, more than the United Arab Emirates (which has reserves of 97.8 billion barrels), Kuwait (94 billion) and Iran (89.7 billion), and almost as much as Iraq (112.5 billion). The official also said the discovery could enable Pemex to increase Mexico's oil production from the current level of 4 million barrels per day (bpd) to 7 million bpd. Saudi Arabia currently produces 7.5 million bpd, while Russia's oil output is 7.4 million bpd. Ramírez Corzo said the exploration, at an investment of US 4.6 billion, led to the identification of seven separate blocks rich in oil and natural gas. The most promising blocks are under water in the Gulf of Mexico, thought to contain around 45 billion barrels.
Of course, the oil will not be easy to extract. Mexico will need some help, since it "lacks the technology for deep water pumping." And there is another problem as well: "there are territoriality issues with the United States and Cuba over the fields." In order to bring the oil to market, Mexico will need the cooperation of both the United States government and the major players in the oil industry. In other words, the newly discovered oil isn't going to be extracted any time soon, which is why the American media, and the 'Peak' crowd, haven't bothered to acknowledge its existence.
It will no doubt be determined that it is not economically feasible to extract the oil in the Gulf of Mexico. After all, Reuters has reported that, "Oil from deep-water reserves could cost $4 a barrel to extract, nearly double the cost of oil from shallow water." And we certainly can't expect any responsible corporation to shell out $4 a barrel to extract something that they can then trade for $50 a barrel, can we?
Or maybe the Peakers will claim that the oil doesn't even exist -- that Mexico, like Saudi Arabia, is lying about increased levels of reserves. There seems to be a lot of that sort of lying going around these days. [For more on oil in the Gulf of Mexico, and various other issues directly related to the 'Peak Oil' debate, see:
The real problem with the Saudi crude, as near as I can determine, is that the Saudis and the 'Peakers' have entirely different ideas about what the price of crude oil should be. At the time of the attacks in Saudi Arabia, it was hovering at about $40.00/barrel, and is now at about $50.00/barrel. The Saudis would like to bring it down to $25.00/barrel. And the 'Peakers' would like to see it raised to - are you ready for this? - a whopping $182.00/barrel -- which would, quite obviously, place oil out of reach for the vast majority of the world's people.
The $182.00/barrel figure was provided by Matthew Simmons to a BBC reporter at the 'Peak Oil' conference held earlier this year in Berlin. According to Simmons, "Oil is far too cheap at the moment ... we need to price oil realistically to control its demand." Simmons is described in the BBC article as "an energy investment banker and adviser to the controversial Bush-Cheney energy plan." He is, in other words, a perfectly credible source -- if we choose to overlook the fact that everyone connected to the Bush-Cheney team reeks of corruption and outrageous lies.
Nevertheless, the Peakers just adore Mr. Simmons, who was described by Michael Ruppert as "the de facto star of the [Peak Oil conference]." 'Peak Oil' pitchmen just love to quote Simmons, says Ruppert, "because his voice is refreshing." (http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/062104_berlin_peak.html)
Simmons is a member of ASPO (Association for the Study of Peak Oil), founded and led by 'Peak Oil' guru Colin Campbell and promoted relentlessly by Michael Ruppert, who boasts of having "a great many friends in ASPO." According to the BBC, ASPO includes in its ranks "a diverse range of oil industry insiders," including a good number of "oil executives" and "investment bankers." Just the sort of salesmen we should trust, in other words, when shopping for a suitably apocalyptic future.
And make no mistake about it: the future that has been scripted by the architects of 'Peak Oil' is not going to be pretty. Massive population reduction has always been a key component of the 'Peak Oil' agenda. Ruppert first acknowledged that fact in an e-mail to this website in March of this year. This is what he wrote at that time:
At that time, I accused Ruppert of advocating a eugenics program, and I was, not surprisingly, harshly criticized by the Ruppertians for doing so. Numerous members of the cult of 'Peak Oil' sent e-mail accusing me of "putting word's in Ruppert's mouth." But more recently, while addressing the Commonwealth Club (which apparently just began extending invitations to dissident journalists; who knew?), Ruppert put the words in his own mouth when he quoted approvingly from a eugenics tome penned in 1952 by Charles Galton Darwin. Darwin was, for the record, a rather notorious figure in the American eugenics movement, as were other Darwins and Galtons before him. Are we supposed to believe that there was no significance to the fact that Ruppert referenced a noted eugenicist while addressing such a distinguished audience?
I advocate an immediate convening of political, economic, spiritual and scientific leaders from all nations to address the issue of Peak Oil (and Gas) and its immediate implications for economic collapse, massive famine and climate destruction (partially as a result of reversion to coal plants which accelerate global warming). This would, scientifically speaking, include immediate steps to arrive at a crash program – agreed to by all nations and in accordance with the highest spiritual and ethical principles – to stop global population growth and to arrive at the best possible and most ethical program of population reduction as a painful choice made by all of humanity.
In a previous newsletter, I reported that Ruppert had briefly addressed the issue of population reduction during the speech that he delivered at this year's 9-11 conference in San Francisco. Since then, I have had the opportunity to review an audiotape of Ruppert's entire 'Peak Oil' presentation at the event. Here is a complete (enough) transcript of that presentation:
So what is Ruppert telling us here ... other than that "our creator" is now apparently now demanding that we evolve?
Look, let's talk about Peak Oil quick, and [sounding clearly irritated] I'm really tired of the debate. I'm really tired of "there's no proof; there's no evidence." I'm not gonna take time to go through this, but if we talk about Peak Oil real quickly, who's been talking about it?
[Ruppert then ran through a lengthy list of mainstream media and trade journal articles. The presentation went something like this: "Foreign Affairs Magazine, yadda, yadda, yadda, James Kenneth Galbraith, yadda, yadda, yadda, Sunday Herald, yadda, yadda, yadda, Los Angeles Times, yadda, yadda, yadda." Several derisive comments were added about these sources not being "conspiracy rags." Ruppert then read lengthy and unsubstantiated excerpts from the writings of both Galbraith and Dale Pfeiffer, before closing with the following.]
Now the question is: do we want to do it nice or do we want to do it nasty? The world has chosen to embark on a path that is the worst Nazi nightmare ever seen. It will be bloody, it will be violent, it will involve population reduction by the most brutal, venal, underhanded methods. So ultimately what I have to say to you is that, as I look at this, and as I've studied this, and as I've worked for 26 years to unravel this -- this covert mechanism that governs our lives, I'm firmly convinced that what we are now faced with is a choice offered to us by our creator: either evolve or perish. Thank you. Thank you.
What exactly is this "world" of which he speaks -- this "world [that] has chosen to embark on a path that is the worst Nazi nightmare ever seen"? I don't think that it is the people of planet Earth that have collectively chosen to take this path. And I doubt that it is the planet itself that has chosen this path. Isn't it really the case that this path was forced upon the world by the global elite and their paid stooges?
Is Ruppert telling us that we are all facing a violent, bloody death, so we might as well start taking care of the job ourselves -- in a less "nasty" and more, uhmm, "nice" manner? Are those the only two options available? Why is a "bloody," "brutal," "violent" and "venal" future taken as a given? To be sure, we are certainly heading in that direction, but we needn't necessarily continue to do so, unless we blindly accept the manufactured reality as an objective, and inevitable, reality. Of course, Ruppert and his fellow 'Peakers' seem to be working very hard to guarantee the arrival of that "Nazi nightmare" future.
The truth is that such a future awaits us only if the claims of the 'Peakers' are true, or, more importantly, if we allow ourselves to be convinced that the claims are true when they most certainly are not. It is vitally important, therefore, that the people of the world be given the opportunity to thoroughly review all sides of this issue. After all, if the Peakers are right, then all of our lives are very much on the line. And yet, strangely enough, the majority of the Ruppertians who have chosen to spew their bile into my mailbox have made it quite clear that they have no desire to read any opposing points of view.
Could it be any more obvious that these people have no interest in ascertaining the truth?
Just this week, Ruppert discreetly added a new article to his website, which he posted "on an unpublished URL at the FTW web site" -- guaranteeing that none of his readers will ever know it is there, unless they learn of it elsewhere. Asked to explain his previous comments on population reduction, Ruppert does not deny that he advocates some type of forced depopulation program; he only denies having a specific program in mind:
I wonder why it is that Ruppert continues to shelter his readers from this aspect of the 'Peak Oil' gameplan? If this is such an important issue, and if we should all have a voice in the 'debate,' as Ruppert has claimed, then why has he not brought the issue to the forefront? Why has he chosen instead to leak it in a limited way? Ruppert claims that, in order to be "ethical in the face of an inevitable disaster, the entire human community will have to share useful information as equably as is humanly possible." Why then is Ruppert not sharing this most important of information?
I have no list of people who should be in charge of this. Everyone should have a say. I have suggested that such an endeavor might best include people of more humane vocations than those of the economists, politicians, and financiers who are currently in charge of most domestic and international institutions. I have never said anywhere that there was a specific group of organizations or people who should run this. I have listed philosophies and disciplines that ought to be included in an effort to avoid the sort of draconian disaster that now seems likely.
We turn now to a disturbing new post on the FTW website, which Ruppert has modestly titled "WE DID IT!" Before even getting to the actual text of the piece, we already know, just from the article's lengthy subtitle, that Ruppert is taking another stroll into Bizarro World. With equal parts bombast, ignorance, and unintentional irony, he actually refers to his critics as "Flat-Earth, Abiotic Oil Advocates." This is a guy, it will be recalled, whose mission in life is to relentlessly promote a scam predicated on a unproven, 250-year-old theory, while blithely ignoring an unchallenged body of modern scientific research -- and yet he dismisses the other side as Flat Earthers! (http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/100404_we_did_it.shtml)
The full subtitle of the post is "World's Seven Largest Economies Admit They Have No Idea How Much Oil Is Left - Issue Emergency Call for Transparency at DC Summit: A Challenge to the Flat-Earth, Abiotic Oil Advocates and Cornucopian Economists - It's Now or Never."
Ruppert begins by re-posting a Reuters report:
Ruppert next segues into a rant of his own -- a rant that may some day be regarded as the quintessential Ruppert diatribe. In just a few short pages, he manages to squeeze in virtually all of his most acclaimed rhetorical flourishes, including:
Group of Seven finance ministers and central bankers met at the tightly guarded U.S. Treasury building over lunch and were to work through the afternoon before a dinner with Chinese counterparts that has currency reform on the menu.
The officials will set out their world-view at about 5:45 p.m. EDT (2145 GMT) in a communiqué sources said would include a call to bolster oil-market monitoring to make it easier to discern if scarce supply, hefty demand or market speculation lay behind crude's drive to record levels ...
The G7 gathering comes ahead of weekend meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank…
Ministers are seeking energy market transparency to discover if world oil supplies may be scantier than they thought in May when they urged producers to open the spigots…
Another G7 official suggested the rise in oil costs was rooted in such fundamental factors as over-estimated supplies and was not solely due to speculation.
There is "a recognition that oil resources are scarcer than was thought a few years ago," the official said. "We agree there is a need for more transparency on the potential supply of various areas."
~ the arrogant self-importance - "We were right and this can no longer be ignored. We did it."
~ the appearance of Mike the Martyr - "a group of dedicated men and women, recognized as being in the forefront of the movement to place Peak Oil front-and-center on the world's agenda, have endured intense resistance ... I hope I speak for all of us when I say that whatever we have endured, it was worth it."
~ the bombastic challenges - "Show us the oil! People are dying now ... Put up or shut up."
~ the bizarre delusions of grandeur - "I do know that the world is paying very close attention to what I have written."
~ the deliberate misrepresentation of critics' arguments - "That's what these 'critics' argued would happen when the time came: there would be some magic switcheroo, and a new energy source would be unveiled."
~ and, the newest addition to his arsenal, the shameless hyping of his book - "This book may change the outcome of the election."
While Ruppert celebrates his 'victory,' perhaps the rest of us should pause here and consider exactly what it is that he is celebrating. Just months ago, Ruppert called for the leaders of the world to meet and discuss the implications of 'Peak Oil,' including the necessity of taking "immediate steps to arrive at a crash program" for depopulating the world. And now we have the global elite meeting behind closed doors to discuss the implications of a phantom oil shortage, and those elite are, Ruppert believes, "well into discussing 'options' which they don't want the rest of us to know about." At stake, Ruppert notes, is "everyone's chances for survival and, most importantly, the future of all the world's children."
And we are supposed to believe that this is somehow a positive development? I don't think so. To the contrary, it would appear that the call for 'transparency' is a signal that the puppeteers have control of enough of the global chessboard to begin implementing the 'Peak Oil' scam. They are not meeting behind closed doors to discuss how to contend with a global oil shortage; they are meeting behind closed doors to discuss how to manufacture a global oil shortage.
As I said earlier in this post, these people are deadly serious about staging this apocalyptic scenario. And the stakes, for all of us, are very high. Consider that, for many years now, concerted efforts have been made to program our children to passively accept death as a mundane, routine occurrence. Do not make the mistake of assuming that that is a phenomenon unrelated to the 'Peak Oil' agenda.
Television, movies, and video games dwell relentlessly on death, frequently violent death. Each and every year, the volume and intensity of such propaganda is cranked up higher and higher. By the time our kids reach adulthood, they have processed through their malleable minds thousands of graphic images of death. Many of those deaths they may even have caused themselves, as operators of graphically violent "first person" computer and video games.
The next in the series of "Harry Potter" books - promoted endlessly as the best thing to happen to children's books since Dr. Seuss - will reportedly feature the death of one of the beloved characters. One of the new features of the latest version of the wildly popular "Sims" computer game is that the virtual characters that our children create to populate their virtual worlds will now die virtual deaths.
Our high schools for some time now have offered students "death education." The Citizens Commission on Human Rights has noted that, "For decades, schools around the world have used 'death education,' a psychological experiment in which the children are made to discuss suicide, what they would like placed in their coffins, and write their own epitaphs in an effort to 'get kids more comfortable with death.'" (http://www.cchr.org/topics/educators/violence/)
Dr. Samuel Blumenfeld writes that "Death education has been a part of the progressive curriculum in virtually every public school in America for at least the last fifteen years. Yet no one in the establishment, let alone the U.S. Department of Education, has sought to find out what death education is doing to the minds and souls of the millions of children who are subjected to it. But we do have plenty of anecdotal information on hand."
Why are our children being conditioned to accept death? How thorough will this depopulation program be? How long will it take to shatter all remaining social bonds -- to instill in the masses an "every man for himself" mind set? How quickly will we collectively descend into barbarism? If the masters of our collective illusion can convince us that we live in a "kill or be killed" world, how much of the dirty work of depopulation can they get us to do ourselves? What would we all do to stay alive in a high stakes game of global Survivor?
The architects of 'Peak Oil' hope to find out soon.
Col. Fletcher Prouty Explains how oil came to be classified a "fossil fuel":
These interesting comments from some correspondence by the late Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty:
Oil is often called a 'fossil fuel'; the idea being that it comes from formerly living organisms. This may have been plausible back when oil wells were drilled into the fossil layers of the earth's crust; but today, great quantities of oil are found in deeper wells that are found below the level of any fossils. How then could oil have come from fossils, or decomposed former living matter, if it exists in rock formations far below layers of fossils - the evidence of formerly living organisms? It must not come from living matter at all!
This response is for Daniel E. Reynolds, 29 July 1996 on the subject of "Oil - A Renewable and Abiotic Fuel?"
Dan, your use of the word "abiotic" is good. As a non-fossil fuel, petroleum has no living antecedent. It contains chemical elements found in living matter; but it is not "formerly living matter." There has not been enough true "formerly living matter" through all of creation to account for the volume of petroleum that has been consumed to date.
My background in this subject goes back to 1943. I was the pilot who flew a U.S. Geological Survey Team from Casablanca to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. We met the Cal. Standard Oil team holding down that lease. Then we went back to Cairo to meet President Roosevelt during the Nov. 1943 "Cairo Conference" with Churchill and Chiang Kai-shek. FDR ordered the immediate construction of an oil refinery there for WW II use. This led to ARAMCO.
During the "Energy Crisis" of the 1970s I was detailed to represent the U.S. Railroad industry as a member of the "Federal Staff Energy Seminar" program started by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, sponsored by Georgetown University. That began in Jan. 1974 and continued for four years. It was designed to discuss "the working of the United States national energy system, and new horizons of energy research." Among the regular attendees were such men as Henry Kissinger and James Schlesinger...most valuable meetings.
During one meeting we took a "buffet break" and I was seated with Arthur Kantrowitz of the AVCO Company..."Kantrowitz Labs" near Boston. At the table with us were four young geologists busily talking about petroleum. At one point one of them made reference to "petroleum as organic matter, and a fossil fuel." Right out of the Rockefeller bible.
Kantrowitz turned to the geologist beside him and asked, "Do you really believe that petroleum is a fossil fuel?" The man said, "Certainly" and all four of them joined in. Kantrowitz listened quietly and then said, "The deepest fossil ever found has been at about 16,000 feet below sea level; yet we are getting oil from wells drilled to 30,000 and more. How could fossil fuel get down there? If it was once living matter, it had to be on the surface. If it did turn into petroleum, at or near the surface, how could it ever get to such depths? What is heavier: oil or water?" Water: so it would go down, not oil. Oil would be on top, if it were "organic" and "lighter."
"Oil is neither."
They all agreed water was heavier, and therefore if there was some crack or other open area for this "organic matter" to go deep into the magma of Earth, water would have to go first and oil would be left nearer the surface. This is reasonable. Even if we do agree that "magma" is a "crude mixture of minerals or organic matters, in a thin pasty state" this does not make it petroleum, and if it were petroleum it would have stayed near the surface as heavier items, i.e. water seeped below.
My D. Van Nostrand "Scientific Encyclopedia" says, "Magma is the term for molten material. A natural, complex, liquid, high temperature, silicate solution ancestral to all igneous rocks, both intrusive and effusive. The origin of magma is not known." My Oxford English Dictionary does not even have the word "magma."
Some years ago I wrote two or three pages that appeared in the McGraw Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology, i.e. "Railroad Engineering." Even that source is a bit uncertain about the "origin of petroleum," to wit:
"Less than 1% of the organic matter that originates in or is transported to the marine environment is eventually incorporated into ocean sediment," and
"Most petroleum is formed during catagenesis (undefined anywhere). If sufficient organic matter is present, oceanic sediments that undergo this process are potential petroleum sources. Deeply buried marine organic matter yields mainly oil, whereas land plant material yields mainly gas." (Their idea of "deeply buried" is the "out.")
All this leaves us no where. I still go with Kantrowitz. Since oil is lighter than water, everywhere on Earth, there is no way that petroleum could be an organic, fossil fuel that is created on or near the surface, and penetrate earth ahead of water. Oil must originate far below and gradually work its way up into well-depth areas accessible to surface drilling. It comes from far below. Therefore, petroleum is not a "fossil fuel" with a surface or near surface origin.
It was made to be thought a "fossil fuel" by the nineteenth century oil producers to create the concept that it was of limited supply and therefore extremely valuable. This fits with the "depletion allowance" philosophical scam.
During one of our C.S.I.S. "International Nights" (1978) the Common Market Energy boss, M. Montibrial of France, told us that while petroleum was being marketed then for $20.00 per barrel or more, it cost no more than 25 cents per barrel at the well-head. There is our petroleum problem! We were paying more than $1.50-$1.60 per gallon, one 42nd of a barrel, at that time. Interested folks need to learn more about the Chartered Institute of Transport, and not waste their time with OPEC, the "cover story."
Those who pumped the Pennsylvania wells "dry" during the late eighteen hundreds saved what they had for those better days.
L. Fletcher Prouty
Interviewer: "Well, you mentioned in one of your last talks that petroleum wasn't what we thought it was: that it wasn't a 'fossil fuel,' that it didn't come from fossil animals...."
[Prouty chuckles.] Yeah.
Interviewer: "Is it just a mineral? Was it a mineral like any other mineral? What's the origin of petroleum?"
You see, when they first found petroleum, because they were beginning to make motors and needed it on axles of wheels on railroad trains and all that sort of thing.... And remember: trains started in the beginning of the 19th century. Then oil went from just a lubricant to a fuel; and it made it valuable. And [John D.] Rockefeller happened to be the smartest man in the business at the time; but he made most of his money – much of it – off the transport of the petroleum, as well as selling it. But one thing they realized was – 'cause putting a price on oil's like putting a price on a pail of water, you know: no initial cost. It's in the ground; and in those days, they were – some of it – almost what you'd call surface mining the oil: they didn't go down deep.
So in order to get the price up, they hit on the idea that they would have to make it appear to be scarce: that, boy, after we take the next few barrels out, we're probably going to have to close this well, you know: that kind of thing.
Well, a very fortuitous event: in 1892, there was a convention in Geneva, of scientists, to determine what organic substances are. Well, the definition of organic is a substance with hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon: and so it's usually a living substance. A tree: you analyze a dead tree – hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen. And grass, and so on: living things. Animals: we are hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon.
So at this Geneva convention, Rockefeller took advantage of sending some scientists over, who said: "Oil – petroleum – is hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon; therefore, it must be derived from the spoiling, the rotting, of formerly living matter." And playing the game properly when this scientific convention was over, they defined oil as the residue from formerly living matter. Well, that makes it a 'fossil fuel' – I don't know why they decided to use the word 'fossil;' but it says formerly living matter is fossil.
Well, of course, today.... And another thing we should know is that there has never been a fossil – a real fossil – found below 16,000 feet. And you can't argue at 16,000 there's a level line, because someplace, the ground sinks, and so on. But 16 is what the scientists say: 16,000.
We mine oil – or we drill for oil – at 30,000, 33,000, 28,000 – every day of the week! So, right there, we rule it out: that it isn't 'fossil fuel.' It's called 'fossil fuel' for the minds of the public to feel that it is an asset that is running out, being depleted – we talk about 'depletion allowance,' which is a lot of [shakes head]... you know? And, actually, if you know the world's oil supply, you know that it is not going to run out for an awfully long time: it is the second most prevalent liquid on Earth; and we haven't begun to [deplete it]. Well, with all that background, you see, the people in charge of the petroleum business, for perfectly reasonable business – he's just like any other man in the business – wants to keep his price as high as he can get away with. And a way to do it is just say: 'Well, there's no more: the last barrel is going to cost a thousand dollars – and then it's all done," – and they preach that stuff! What bothers me is that, in geology books, it's in there! The geologists say it's a 'fossil fuel.' Somehow they've been bought....
I went to a four-year federal staff energy seminar, run by the Government of the United States, during the so-called [1970s] 'energy crisis.' I was the participant that represented the railroad industry. The airline industry was there; every AA – administrative assistant – of senators and congressmen was there; the CIA was there; the Defense Department was there; the State Department was there. Sometimes sitting right in front of me in a row would be Henry Kissinger with his friend – the head of the Department of Defense [James Schlesinger] – people like that: top men in the government, sitting there listening to the Federal Staff Energy Seminar. Well, what this was doing is, for four years they were teaching a propaganda line to the leading people in this country – and therefore to the leading people in the world, when you include the Schlesingers – Kissinger and Schlesinger, among others. And the object of it was, as Kissinger used in his own terms when it was time for him to speak, to create a world price for oil. In other words, not 30 cents a gallon here and 90 cents a gallon there; but let's get a world price. That's their goal; and they're trying to do that for wheat and everything else.
We don't realize what the controls are – whether it's oil or some of these other things. Almost everything today is being categorized at the highest price they can possibly make it go. And so, calling petroleum a 'fossil fuel' is the basis for this system, with respect to petroleum.
And I don't know if the name Arthur Kantrowitz rings any bell. Arthur Kantrowitz is the head of the Kantrowitz Labs, set up by the AVCO Company near Boston – scientific laboratories. And a great man in the scientific world. And Kantrowitz and I were sitting at a table at this seminar once; and the table happened to be all young college grad, Ph.D. geologists. And so, just to get a conversation started, I turned to Kantrowitz and I said: "Arthur, what do you think about this foolishness of these speakers talking about 'fossil fuel'?" And it was kind of put out. He started laughing. He said: "You know, that gets me." He said: "I don't have a geology degree," – but he had a thousand other degrees; and he said: "I don't understand. You'd think these heads," – these other fellows at the table – we did it on purpose – start listening, you know. And he asked: "Are you gentlemen – you're here at the meeting – are you gentlemen, by any chance, geologists?" And one fellow: "Yes, I am," and the other one: "Yeah." He said: "Well, why don't you tell me?" He said: "Why is oil....?" You know, he went on like that. We brought the house down: 'cause nobody could argue with Kantrowitz! He's like Einstein: people aren't going to.... And he told them right there; he said: "Just... drop it."
But it's in all the books, in all the papers. But it started from that strange meeting in 1892 – a scientific convention in Geneva. I have a big, thick scientific encyclopedia put out by the D. Van Nostrand Company – it's about, oh, 15 years old now – but it has the whole story of the conference. It doesn't have the Rockefeller part; but it has the whole story of how they straightened out organic chemicals, and how it was all figured; and they've got petroleum right in there.
Interviewer: "Amazing. Amazing! So...."
These aren't accidental things, you see? There's a dollar sign behind almost everything.
"Official" origins of oil are bogus
Jim Stone, Freelance Journalist
I don't have time to go into the details of this, but in light of the recent 300-plus mile-per-gallon, 1,700-pound, non-plug-in, all-diesel, electric Volkswagen now in (obviously limited) production, I'd like to do a little off-the-top-of-my-head rant about dinosaur oil.
Oil did NOT come from dead dinosaurs, buried swamps, or any of the other spurious B.S. you have been told. Methane is the most common compound in the universe outside of water, and there are oil planets that never had dinosaurs or other life EVERYWHERE.
When you put methane under heat and pressure for billions of years, the methane molecules form longer and longer chains, methane to ethane to propane to butane to pentane to hexane to heptane to octane and on and on and on ad nauseam to form OIL. It's as simple as that.
There are planet-sized moons in our own solar system (Titan is one of them) that are oil planets. Jupiter and Saturn are methane ethane propane butane gas giant planets. The entire dinosaur myth was hatched in the 1800s by scientific illiterates who did not have a decent telescope or any of the scientific methodology needed to see the universe for what it is.
Oil is EVERYWHERE in the universe; and since, on Earth, bacteria eat it when it bubbles to the surface, we have to drill down to where the bacteria cannot eat it to get usable stuff that the Earth is making day in and day out. When it comes close to the surface, we can get it if there is a rock or salt dome near the surface that trapped it and kept it out of reach of bacteria. It's as simple as that.
Peak oil? YEAH. When we can finally drill ALL THE WAY to the Earth's mantle. We are (my guess) 0.26% of the way to reaching the mother lode.