Government Spooks, Some From The Oil Drum, Head To DC To Push Energy Collapse Doomsday Agenda “Think… Gasoline Rationing”

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Several government spooks, some from The Oil Drum, head to a peak oil conference in Washington D.C to push their agenda by using apocalyptic energy collapse doomsday scenarios to get the “government to do what it is not inclined to do (think seat belts, consumer product safety, and maybe gasoline rationing?)”

The Green Dump alerts us to an upcoming peak oil conference in Washington.

Join The Oil Drum analysts at the 2010 ASPO-USA Peak Oil Conference in Washington, DC Oct 7-9, 2010. Oil Drum contributors speaking at the conference include: Art Berman, Dave Summers (Heading Out), Dave Murphy, Jeff Vail, Debbie Cook, and myself Gail Tverberg (Gail the Actuary).

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ASPO-USA’s 6th Annual Peak Oil Conference will maintain its traditional focus with a full agenda of world-class speakers who know how to connect the dots between the peak oil energy crisis and the complex socioeconomic and geopolitical factors that surround it.

http://www.aspousa.org/worldoil2010/

Confirmed Speakers include:

• Dr. James Schlesinger, Former Secretary of Energy and Secretary of State
• Lawrence Rice, Rear Admiral, United States Navy
• Jeff Rubin, Author, Former Chief Economist at CIBC World Markets
• Roscoe Bartlett, (R-MD) United States House of Representatives
• Dr. Charles Schlumberger, FRAeS, The World Bank
• Chris Skrebowski, Energy Institute, London
• Dr. Robert Hirsch, Senior Energy Program Advisor, MISI
• Charles Maxwell, Senior Energy Analyst, Weeden & Co
• Arthur Berman, Geological Consultant, Labyrinth Consulting Services, Inc., The Oil Drum
• Dr. Roger Bezdek, President, Management Information Services, Inc.
• Michael Klare, Professor, Hampshire College
• Kjell Aleklett, Professor of Physics, Uppsala University, Sweden
• Dr. Chris Martenson, Founder, “The Crash Course”
• Tyson Slocum, Director, Public Citizen’s Energy Program
• David Fridley, Deputy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
• Jeremy Gilbert, Managing Director, Barrelmore Ltd
• André Angelantoni, Founder, Post Peak Living
• Sharon Astyk, Writer, ASPO-USA
• Terry Backer, (R-CT) State Representative of Connecticut
• Jim Baldauf, Co-founder, ASPO-USA
• Jeffrey Brown, Independent Petroleum Geologist
• Dr. Jonathan Callahan, President, Mazama Science
• Eric Chenoweth, Morningstar
• Debbie Cook, The Oil Drum, Post Carbon Institute
• Daniel Davis, Lt. Colonel, United States Army
• Lily Donge, Manager, Calvert Asset Management Co.
• Nicole Foss, The Automatic Earth
• John Michael Greer, Author The Archdruid Report
• Jim Hansen, Financial Consultant, Ravenna Capital Management
• Kevin Hansen, Financial Consultant, Ravenna Capital Management
• Gregor MacDonald, Author, Gregor.us
• David Murphy, The Oil Drum, EROI Institute, SUNY-ESF
• Dr. Tad Patzek, Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
• Anthony Perl, Professor, Simon Fraser University
• Dave Room, Co-founder, Bay Localize
• Dr. David Rutledge, Professor, California Institute of Technology
• Dr. David Summers, Missouri University of Science & Technology, The Oil Drum
• Jason Stevens, Morningstar
• Ron Swenson, CEO, ElectroRoof
• Gail Tverberg, The Oil Drum
• Jeff Vail, Jeff Vail LLC, The Oil Drum
• Richard Vodra, Spire Investment Partners
• Tom Whipple, ASPO-USA
• Ken Zweibel, The George Washington University Solar Institute

Digging up more information on the ASPO agenda the reasons for the peak oil conference is being held clearly outlined.

ASPO-USA’s 6th Annual Peak Oil Conference will honor its traditional core focus with a full agenda and world-class speakers who understand the global peak oil energy crisis and its complex socioeconomic and geopolitical impacts.

In addition to the conference from Oct 7-9, 2010, ASPO-USA is organizing a Senate Briefing, a Congressional Briefing, a major News Conference at the National Press Club, and a number of other activities designed to make our presence, and our message, impossible to ignore. To assist in this effort, we have consulted with some well-respected non-profit groups who know their way around The Hill, and are experts at getting government to do what it is not inclined to do (think seat belts, consumer product safety, and maybe gasoline rationing?).

ASPO persons appears in the documentary film The End of Suburbia and PetroApocalypse Now? and according to Wikipedia:

The Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas, or ASPO, is a network of scientists, affiliated with a wide array of global institutions and universities, whose goal is to attempt to determine the date and impact of the peak and decline of the world’s production of oil and gas, due to resource constraints.

ASPO was founded by Colin Campbell in 2000. It is the most influential organization supporting the “peak oil” theory, meaning that future oil supply will be much less than commonly expected. Their studies use the Hubbert curve, devised by M. King Hubbert, among many other methods to which predict future oil availability. It is a common misunderstanding to believe that ASPO and peak oil only is about the Hubbert curve.

But ASPO has its share of critics. The current debate revolves around energy policy, and whether to shift funding to increasing fuel efficiency, and alternative energy sources like solar and nuclear power. Campbell’s critics, like Michael C. Lynch, argue that his research data is sloppy. They point to the date of the coming peak, which was initially projected to occur by the year 1997, but the date was pushed back to 2000, then 2010, moved up to 2006 (in 2004) and later (2005) back to 2010. Campbell explains this with the fact that he has got better data from industry and more reliable estimates. However, Campbell and his supporters insist that whenthe peak occurs is not as important as the realization that the peak is coming.

The ASPO Speakers list reveals the identities of some of those commenting anonymously at The Oil Drum and reveals several speakers who are pushing apocalyptic doomsday scenarios, including peak oil, peak gas, peak coal, energy collapse, financial collapse, and hyper-inflation of food costs, all for their own financial benefit.

Not surprising the list of speakers from The Oil Drum include Government spooks with ties to agencies such as the CIA, the Air Force intelligence and Department of the Interior counter-terrorism divisions.

These Government spooks address the FBI’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Committee, the Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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Mr. Jeff Vail, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

Jeff Vail works in the trial department of the law firm of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP in Denver, Colorado and is a contributor to The Oil Drum website. He is a former Air Force intelligence officer and Department of the Interior counter-terrorism analyst where he specialized in energy infrastructure protection. Jeff has spoken extensively on energy and infrastructure security to audiences including the FBI’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Committee, the Interagency Forum on Infrastructure Protection, the Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law.
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Ms. Gail E Tverberg, The Oil Drum

Gail Tverberg is a writer, consultant, and speaker on peak oil-related subjects. She writes as “Gail the Actuary” on The Oil Drum; many of her articles are also published on the Energy Bulletin. Ms. Tverberg is known for her writing on the expected financial impacts of peak oil; her peak oil educational materials; her writing for actuarial and insurance audiences; and her many investigative articles. Some of these include “The US Grid: Will It Be Our Undoing?”; “The Path from Petroleum Shortages to Electricity Shortages”; “Hawaii: Peak Oil Canary in a Coal Mine”; and “The Disconnect Between Reserves and Production”.
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Mr. Rembrandt Koppelaar , The Oil Drum

Rembrandt Koppelaar is President of Peakoil Netherlands, the Dutch cluster of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas (ASPO). Peakoil Netherlands was founded in 2005 and concerns itself with increasing knowledge of and awareness on the depletion of fossil fuels as well as alternatives to oil, natural gas and coal. In 2008 he published his first book on the subject in Dutch, de permanente oliecrisis.As a member of the American institute for the study of energy and our future he regularly contributes to www.theoildrum.com, the largest weblog on the internet on energy. Besides his activities at Peakoil Nederland he studies a Master in environmental economics at Wageningen University of Life Sciences in the Netherlands. In 2008 he worked at an energy internship at Nidera trading company in Rotterdam.
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Ms. Nicole Foss, The Automatic Earth

Nicole M. Foss is co-editor of The Automatic Earth (http://theautomaticearth.blogspot.com), where she writes under the name Stoneleigh. She and her writing partner have been chronicling and interpreting the on-going credit crunch as the most pressing aspect of our current multi-faceted predicament. The site integrates finance, energy, environment, psychology, population and real politik in order to explain why we find ourselves in a state of crisis and what we can do about it. Prior to the establishment of TAE, she was editor of The Oil Drum Canada, where she wrote on peak oil and finance.
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Mr. Gregor Macdonald, Gregor.us

Gregor Macdonald believes the world has entered another, historic energy transition. He has written for the Financial Times of London, The Oil Drum, and had his work republished in the English edition of Pravda.ru. He has appeared on MSNBC in the United States, BNN in Toronto, and the Keiser Report out of Paris. His writings and views have been cited in the New York Times, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, WIRED, The Toronto Globe and Mail, Foreign Policy, MoneyWeek UK, and the Oil And Gas Journal. He has also made presentations, to the Agoracom Online Conference in Toronto and to the CFA Society of San Francisco. Currently he has signed on as an energy-expert consultant to a film going into production, this Fall.
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Mr. David J Murphy, The Oil Drum, EROI Institute, SUNY-ESF

David is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, largely focused on the interplay between energy and economics. In addition to academic work, David contributes to The Oil Drum: Net Energy and is an independent consultant within the energy field. David has published in peer-reviewed journals; his recent articles analyze the minimum EROI for sustainable societies and review recent work within Energy Return on Investment (EROI) analysis. David’s current research involves the spatial distribution of the EROI from corn-based ethanol, the influence of the Urban Heat Island on electricity demand, the EROI from unconventional natural gas, and the energy-GDP relation from a thermodynamic perspective. David also has a Master’s degree in Environmental Science.
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But the list of Government spooks goes beyond members of The Oil Drum and includes several high level US Government intelligence and military operatives.

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Dr. James Schlesinger, Former Secretary of State and CIA Director

Dr. James R. Schlesinger serves as chairman of the board of The MITRE Corporation. He is also a consultant to the Departments of Defense and State, and a member of the Defense Policy Board and the International Security Advisory Board.
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Mr. Lawrence S Rice, United States Navy

Rear Adm. Lawrence S. Rice is the director of Strategy and Policy (J5). In this capacity he and his team help the command accomplish its mission by developing strategy and policy, ensuring that it is within the National Military Strategy and other strategic frameworks.
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Dr. Roger H Bezdek, PhD, Management Information Services, Inc.

Dr. Roger H. Bezdek, President, Management Information Services, Inc., has 30 years experience in research and management in the energy, utility, environmental, and regulatory areas, serving in private industry, academia, and the federal government, and is the founder and president of Management Information Services, Inc. – a Washington, D.C.-based economic and energy research firm. He has served as Corporate Director, Corporate President and CEO, University Professor, Research Director in ERDA/DOE, Special Advisor on Energy in the Office of the Secretary of the Treasury, and as U.S. energy delegate to the European Community and to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He is the 2009 recipient of the M. King Hubbert Award from ASPO, and in 2008 presented energy briefings to the staffs of Presidential candidates Barak Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain.
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8-December-2007  Amherst, Massachusetts Michael Klare - Professor of Peace and World Security Studies Credit: Steven Frischling

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Michael Klare – Professor of Peace and World Security Studies
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Mr. Michael Klare, Hampshire College

Michael T. Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies (a joint appointment at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst), and Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS), a position he has held since 1985. Before assuming his present post, he served as Director of the Program on Militarism and Disarmament at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. (1977-84).
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Dr. Jonathan Callahan, Mazama Science

Jonathan Callahan is President of Mazama Science, a small consulting firm focused on bringing modern approaches in data management, data visualization and data access to a wide range of fields. He has worked for two decades with scientists and data managers primarily in Federal agencies (NOAA, NASA, EPA, USFS), and is committed to the goal of making publicly available data more accessible and easier to interpret. Since 2007, Dr. Callahan has devoted a significant portion of his time to the topic of Peak Oil & Gas, about which he believes the existing data tell a very compelling story.
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Mr. Daniel L Davis, United States Army

Lieutenant Colonel Davis has served with the United States Army since 1989 and fought at the Battle of 73 Easting during the Persian Gulf War, served in Afghanistan in 2005, and saw duty on the Iran-Iraq border as a military trainer in 2009. While on reserve status in 1997-98, Davis worked as a Defense and Foreign Affairs aide for US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. He is currently assigned to Fort Belvoir, Virginia and will again deploy to Afghanistan shortly after the World Oil Conference concludes.
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Even a retired BP Chief Petroleum Engineer makes the list of speakers.

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Mr. Jeremy J Gilbert, Barrelmore Ltd

Jeremy is the recently retired Chief Petroleum Engineer from British Petroleum (BP) where he was responsible for the company’s worldwide petroleum engineering performance and associated research and development program. He joined BP in 1964.
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The list of speakers include many who run websites and promote  their apocalyptic “peak oil”, “peak coal”, “peak gas”,  “oil crash” and “energy collapse” propaganda  through a variety of Global news distribution channels and Government think tanks drive up the price of oil and accomplish other means of furthering their own financial interests at the cost of the average consumer.

Here are some the organizations and associations the speakers attending the peak oil conference are associated with.

  • The MITRE Corporation – which is provides services such as Intelligence, Surveillance …,Cybersecurity, Health Transformation, Emerging and Disruptive Technologies, Command and Control
  • National Military Strategy and other strategic frameworks.
  • Petroleum Review – Energy Institute – a monthly journal will help keep you up-to-date and fully informed of the latest doom and gloom about the upcoming oil crash.
  • Oil Depletion Analysis Centre (ODAC) is an independent, UK-registered educational charity working to raise international public awareness and promote better understanding of the world’s oil-depletion problem.
  • UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security (ITPOES) –  The Task-Force warns that the UK must not be caught out by the oil crunch in the same way it was with the credit crunch and states that policies to address Peak Oil must be a priority for the new government formed after the 2010 election.

    The report, titled “The Oil Crunch – a wake-up call for the UK economy”, finds that oil shortages, insecurity of supply and price volatility will destabilise economic, political and social activity within five years.

  • An unnamed Oxford-based organization comprised of OPEC and oil industry executives from 30 countries who meet twice a year to discuss trends within the energy world.
  • Chesapeake Energy
  • American DG Energy
  • Amoco Production Company
  • BP
  • Management Information Services – an internationally recognized, Washington D.C.-based economic research and management consulting firm with expertise in economic forecasting, litigation support and expert witness testimony, analysis of energy, environmental and electric utility issues, and labor markets.
  • Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA)– Part of the Department of Energy – Established after the “Energy Crisis” of the early 1970s “congress gave the new civilian Commission extraordinary power” “exempt from the Civil Service system”. “The National Laboratory system was established from the facilities created under the Manhattan Project, and Argonne National Laboratory
  • Program on Militarism and Disarmament
  • Institute for Policy Studies – a politically progressive Government think tank.
  • “The Crash Course” –  explores “factors that led to our current crisis and charting a course for a dramatically different future”.  Pushes all kinds of doomsday scenarios including peak oil, financial collapse and upcoming wars with our state declared “enemies”.
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
  • Energy & Environmental Markets Advisory Committee
  • Peakoil Netherlands, the Dutch cluster of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas (ASPO)
  • retired Chief Petroleum Engineer from British Petroleum (BP)
  • Post Peak Living – an initiative to to prepare for the upcoming peak oil crash:

    The Deepwater Horizon disaster is showing people that all the easy and inexpensive oil is now gone. Slowly the world is realizing that global oil production is on the verge of decline, no amount of technology can stop it and we haven’t ramped up renewable alternatives in time. Watch our video (available from the top menu) and read the Peak Oil Primer to learn the impact to our civilization and how we can all create fulfilling lives for ourselves and our communities as oil production declines.

    Then check out our courses. Use The UnCrash Course for physical preparation (transportation, food, re-skilling, finances and more). Take Navigating the Coming Chaos of Unprecedented Transitions for emotional preparation as we all grapple with losing a future we all thought we’d have.
    (Click the X above to close this window without joining the email list.)

  • Mazama Science – a consultant firm whose president has “has worked for two decades with scientists and data managers primarily in Federal agencies (NOAA, NASA, EPA, USFS)” and “has devoted a significant portion of his time to the topic of Peak Oil & Gas, about which he believes the existing data tell a very compelling story”
  • Co-editor of The Automatic Earth who writes under the name Stoneleigh. – Pushes upcoming apocalyptic and doomsday scenarios such as peak oil.

    Preparing For and Learning to Survive the Coming Perfect Storm: Part 1

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    Preparing For and Learning to Survive the Coming Perfect Storm: Part 1, September 4, 2010

    JP = Jim Puplava
    SL = Stoneleigh

    JP: My next guest on the program is Nicole Foss, also known as Stoneleigh, she has a blog, it’s calld The Automatic Earth dot blogspot dot com. She joins us as we talk about the Big Picture.

    As we’ve been talking about on this program today, getting prepared for things, whether it’s a natural disaster, financial disaster, a major disruption — in terms of how we live, where we live, and that’s why I wanted to have Nicole on the program, because she talks about, sort-of the bigger picture, what are the things coming down the road that you need to be aware of?

    So, joining us on the program now is Nicole Foss.

    This just from a headline out at Der Spiegel, it says a study by the German military think tank has analyzed how peak oil might change the global economy. The internal draft document, leaked on the Internet, shows for the first time how carefully the German government has considered a potential energy crisis.

  • The author of over 20 books pushing doomsday apocalyptic scenarios including The Long Descent: A User’s Guide to the End of the Industrial Age, The Ecotechnic Future: Exploring a Post-Peak World, and the forthcoming The Wealth of Nature: Economics As If Survival Mattered.
  • Representatives of  Ravenna Capital Management which “aims to generate superior returns using an investment model focused on a global economy confronted with increasing constraints on energy and natural resources” by pushing propaganda focusing on issues surrounding peak oil and gas and distributes a weekly report on a broad range of topics related to issues surrounding peak oil.
  • The author of Gregor.us which pushes economic doomsday collapse scenarios including peak oil.
  • An independent consult for The Oil Drum whose “articles analyze the minimum EROI for sustainable societies and review recent work within Energy Return on Investment (EROI) analysis” and “electricity demand, the EROI from unconventional natural gas, and the energy-GDP relation from a thermodynamic perspective”.
  • Founder of Energy Preparedness which pushes energy collapse propaganda and coined the term“energy preparedness”.
  • The Post Carbon Institute which pushes Peak Oil, Peak Gas, And Peak Coal energy collapse propaganda.

    Post Carbon Institute (PCI) is a think tank which provides information and analysis on emerging responses and strategies to climate change, energy scarcity,overconsumption, economics and other issues related to sustainability and long term social resilience. Post Carbon’s Fellows specialize in various fields related to the organization’s mission, such as fossil fuels, food, water, and population. Post Carbon is incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is based in Santa Rosa, California, USA.

    Post Carbon Institute was established in 2003. From 2003 to 2008, under the leadership ofJulian Darley (President) and Celine Rich (Executive Director), Post Carbon Institute implemented programs to educate the public on issues surrounding global fossil fuel depletion (see peak oil, peak coal, peak gas) and climate change, as well as on possible responses to these challenges. Post Carbon promoted the concept of “relocalization,” a strategy to build community resilience based on the local production of food, energy, and goods, and the development of local currency, governance, and culture.[1]

    Post Carbon’s programs during this period included:

    • Global Public Media, a website streaming long format audio and video interviews about the issues surrounding fossil fuel depletion.
    • The Relocalization Network[2][3], a network of groups and individuals working to educate their local communities and develop programs to re-localize food and energy production, and reduce local consumption.
    • Post Carbon Cities, a program to help local governments understand and prepare for the challenges of peak oil and climate change, which published Post Carbon Cities: Planning for Energy and Climate Uncertainty, a guidebook on peak oil and climate change and for U.S. and Canadian local government leaders.[4]
    • The Energy Farms Network, a demonstration and partnership program to build a broad body of knowledge to help farmers, citizens, and community leaders to understand the possibility of producing vital feedstocks, fuels and electricity by local farmers for local users.
    • The Oil Depletion Protocol, (aka the Rimini or Uppsala Protocol) a blueprint for an international agreement to avoid price and supply volatility problems associated with global oil production decline by gradually and collaboratively lowering the global rate of oil production and oil consumption.

    In 2008 Richard Heinberg[5], author of Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World, The Party’s Over: Oil, War, and the Fate of Industrial Societies andBlackout: Coal, Climate, and the Last Energy Crisis joined PCI as a Senior Fellow-in-Residence.

  • The publisher and webmaster of www.oilcrisis.com (also known as www.hubbertPeak.com) who pushes peak energy propaganda to further his own financial interests in solar powered technologies.

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    A significant example of collapsing oil production is Cantarell, recently the largest oil field in the Western Hemisphere. From over 2 million barrels per day in 2004-2005, Cantarell is now producing at around 700,000 barrels per day.

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  • A writer, consultant, and speaker on peak oil-related subjects for the oil drum who pushes economic collapse propaganda related to the upcoming energy collapse whose so-called investigative journalism includes articles titled “The US Grid: Will It Be Our Undoing?”; “The Path from Petroleum Shortages to Electricity Shortages”; “Hawaii: Peak Oil Canary in a Coal Mine”; and “The Disconnect Between Reserves and Production”.
  • Energy industry attorney representing Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP and contributes to The Oil Drum with a background as a Government spook whose credentials include  former Air Force intelligence officer and Department of the Interior counter-terrorism analyst and “speaks extensively” to “audiences including the FBI’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Committee, the Interagency Forum on Infrastructure Protection, the Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission”
  • A former “career CIA analyst” whose “prescient insights into the “peak oil” phenomenon” are publishes in a “daily newsletter on energy under the ASPO-USA banner that is read and quoted widely throughout the energy-aware world” and “also writes a weekly Peak Oil column for the (Virginia) Falls Church News-Press which is routinely circulated through web portals and links onto some of the world’s most popular sites discussing the subject”

The bottom line here is these doomsday consistory theorists have penetrated many levels of government and are pushing their apocalyptic propaganda even further to strengthen the chains of slavery that hold the masses in bondage to Big Oil.

This runs deep and the masses need to wake up to the fact that another crisis to further oppress the masses is being manufactured under the guise of energy security.

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