by Phillyguy for The Saker Blog
Among all of the events shaping post-civil war US economic development, one of the most prominent was the establishment of Standard Oil by John D. Rockefeller in 1870. Working with other US industrialists, along with domestic and international financial and banking interests, including the Rothschild’s London banking cartel, Standard oil decedents have dominated the fossil fuel industry and shaped US economic and social development and foreign policy to the present day.
The current world security architecture arose following WWII, which established the US as the dominant global power. Since that time, US global supremacy has rested on unrivaled military and economic power, control of world’s energy reserves (primarily in the Middle East), and maintaining the dollar as the world’s reserve currency . There has been much current discussion about promoting ‘green’ policies, including sustainable development and increasing the use of renewable energy sources, clearly articulated during the UN Conference on Environment and Development (aka ‘Rio Conference’; ‘Earth Summit’), held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Jun 3-14, 1992) , and Greta Thunberg’s speech to the UN on Sept 23, 2019 , where she accused world leaders of failing younger generations by not taking more aggressive actions to stop climate change. Despite this push for Green policies, fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) are still the dominant source of energy, currently supply over 80% of the world’s energy . In addition, the dollar (aka ‘petrodollar’) is the primary reserve currency held by foreign central banks  and main currency used for commercial energy transactions  .
In 1863 John D. Rockefeller joined Maurice B. Clark and Samuel Andrews in an oil-refining business in Cleveland, Ohio, which was subsequently expanded and incorporated as Standard Oil of Ohio in 1870. Rockefeller was a shrewd and aggressive industrialist, acquiring additional refining capacity by “buying up and squeezing out of rivals by every device at hand—legal or illegal’ and as a result, Standard Oil would soon control over 90% of American oil refining capacity. Facing increasing resistance from the business community and the Ohio legislature, Rockefeller incorporated the Standard Oil Trust in New Jersey in 1982. This Trust consisted of seven subsidiaries- Standard Oil of Kentucky, Standard Oil of California, Standard Oil of New York, Standard Oil of New Jersey, Standard Oil of Indiana, The Standard Oil Co (Ohio) and The Ohio Oil Company. In Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey v. United States (1911), the US Supreme Court found the Standard Oil Trust guilty of engaging in anti-competitive practices, a violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act, breaking the company up into 34 separate entities, some of which the Rockefellers held major stakes  . Ironically, decades after the Standard Oil Trust was ‘broken up’, these separate firms would subsequently merge into Chevron , ExxonMobil , British Petroleum (BP)  and Marathon , which are currently among the top 10 global energy companies . The Rockefellers reach was vast- David Rockefeller, grandson of John D. Rockefeller, was Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations (1970-1985) and Chairman and CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank (1969–1981)  .
The geographic location of the US, circa 8000 km (5000 miles) from major war theaters in Europe and 9700 km (6000 miles) in Japan shielded the US from the massive devastation that took place in Europe and Asia during WWII. As a result, many large US corporations were able to profit handsomely by supplying the War Department with fuel, aircraft, ships, motor vehicles, armaments and ammunition to equip American soldiers and allied forces. Some of these firms were working both sides of the conflict, supplying Nazi Germany with financial backing and war material; some of these firms include Alcoa, Brown Brothers Harriman, Coca-Cola, Dupont, Kodak, Chase Bank, Dow Chemical, Ford, IBM, General Electric, General Motors, Woolworth, Random House and Standard Oil . Prescott Bush, father of George HW Bush (41st President) and grandfather of George W. Bush’s (43st President), was a partner of A. Harriman & Co Investment bank and later served as Senator from Connecticut (1952-1963). Prescott Bush was directly involved with companies that profited from their commercial involvement with Nazi Germany  . It should be pointed out the WWII is the most expensive war in American history, costing taxpayers more than $4 trillion, adjusted for inflation .
To the victor go the spoils
The US emerged from WWII as the world’s foremost military and economic power, the dollar was anointed the status of world reserve currency at the Bretton Woods Conference (1944) and established as the primary currency used for energy transactions following the meeting between US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Saudi King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud, aboard the USS Quincy, in the Suez Canal on Valentine’s Day, 1945 .
Post-WWII US economic development saw the continued rise of the American economy which translated into robust corporate profits and better living standards for many working people. In 1956, President Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act (aka National Interstate and Defense Highways Act of 1956) described as the ‘Greatest Public Works Project in History’, allocating $25 billion (circa $274 billion in inflation- adjusted dollars) from taxpayers to develop a 41,000-mile system of interstate highways that Eisenhower promised would eliminate unsafe roads, inefficient routes and all of the other things that got in the way of “speedy, safe transcontinental travel.”  . The Highway act would enrich the ‘pro-highway coalition of energy companies, automobile manufactures, truckers, bus operators, tiremakers, insurance companies, auto clubs, etc. It directly led to increased use of private automobiles for transportation and the systematic dismantling of energy- efficient public transportation, creation of suburbs, shopping centers, ‘strip malls’, and proliferation of McDonald’s and other ‘fast-food’ outlets, which have led to the current health crisis in the US- increased obesity, type II diabetes and related health problems  . In addition, some of these highways were literally built through urban neighborhoods and frequently minority communities  , such as the Cypress Freeway in Oakland, CA, I95 in Chester, PA and the Cross Bronx Expressway in NYC  .
As a result, the functioning of the American economy and society has become very dependent on fossil fuel consumption (for more detail see ).
1. Energy consumption & generation– the US has 4.25% of world’s population (339 million people) but consumes ~17% of the world’s energy and has the highest per capita energy consumption and is the largest total energy consumer. In 2021, approximately 60% of US electricity was generated from fossil fuels- coal, natural gas and oil .
2. Suburban development– as described above, passage of the Highway act of 1956 , accelerated the development of low-density housing suburbs, which were only accessible by automobiles using fossil fuel.
3. Transportation– The average American relies on energy-inefficient automobiles and jet airplanes for transportation. Most US cities lack a comprehensive, energy-efficient public transportation system. Indeed, the US does not have 1 mile of high-speed rail lines. By contrast, China has 40,000 km (24,855 mi), Spain has 3,100 km (1,926 mi) and Japan has 2,830 km (1758 mi) of high-speed rail.
4. American agriculture is very energy-intensive, requiring 15 calories of energy to produce 1 calorie of food. The average food commodity transits 1500 miles from production to consumption point- e.g., California-grown produce, shipped to the US east coast, usually via diesel fueled trucks.
5. Information technology– US society is heavily reliant on information flow. This system encompasses local computers, the internet and fiber optic cables serving as data pipelines, computer server farms and “cloud” storage facilities, all of which consume lots of electricity.
6. Military– The Pentagon is the largest single consumer of fossil fuel and polluter in the world. To give this some perspective, on average, the US military consumes 12,600,000 gallons (48,000,000 L) of fuel per day. One F-16 fighter jet consumes over 20K gallons of Kerosene per hour (333 gal/min) .
American capitalism is dependent on fossil fuel consumption to function and serves as the lubricant for American power projection around the world. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have approximately 57% and 41% of proven oil and natural gas reserves, respectively (see Table 1 and ). Thus, it is not surprising that the US ruling elite have a major interest in this region and the energy reserves therein . US attempts to control oil in the MENA region has been carried out in several ways. This has involved setting up client regimes in countries with vast energy deposits, such as the Gulf monarchies in the Persian Gulf (Figure 1), attacking and/or invading countries who attempt to follow an independent energy policy, such as Iraq and Libya or issuing frequent verbal threats, seizing assets and imposing economic sanctions on countries that the US has been unable to achieve regime change or are capable of defending themselves, such as the Islamic Republic of Iran  and Venezuela.
As part of this effort, the US has set up military bases in multiple ME countries including Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Turkey (Türkiye), UAE and Syria (See Figure 1 and Table 2) . Due to its geographic location, Israel is crucial to US foreign policy goals. The ‘state’ of Israel/Zionist project was the creation of British imperialism (Balfour Declaration, 1918) , was driven, at least in part, by the desire of the British ruling elite to establish a reliable (read non-Muslim) proxy force that would assist the UK in controlling the region and its abundant hydrocarbon reserves . The US emerged from WWII as the world’s leading military and economic power and assumed the role of Israel’s benefactor, providing $152 billion since 1949; $3.8 billion in 2020  . While Israel does not host a formal US base, she is a de facto appendage of the Pentagon, is fully integrated into NATO and serves as a reliable and well-armed US proxy in the region  , ranking 18th in global military power . Israel conducts regular attacks on Syria  and estimated to have a stockpile of circa 90 nuclear weapons (likely a low estimate).
This effort has become all the more urgent as: the Russia-China-Iran axis has attained economic and military parity with the West, Iran is now a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) , has applied for membership to the BRICS  and recently announced that it has developed a hypersonic missile, that is ‘capable of penetrating all defense systems’ . One would infer that Iran received technical help developing this weapon system. As Iran’s ties with Russia and China continue solidifying, they are becoming increasingly ambivalent about rejoining the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA; aka Iran nuclear deal) , which was negotiated during the Obama Administration . Trump unilaterally exited the JCPOA in 2018, stating ‘We cannot prevent an Iranian bomb under the decaying and rotten structure of the current agreement’ .
We hear a lot about ‘Green’ energy, the ‘Green new deal’, reducing our ‘carbon footprint’ and ‘sustainable development’, policies which are being promoted by a wide range of extremely committed environmental and conservation groups such as the Sierra Club, National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Clean Air Council in the US and many international organizations and prominent politicians. ‘Green’ polices have been promoted by US Vice President Kamala Harris, encouraging Americans to purchase [expensive] electric cars and endorsed by the paper of record (NYT) and other corporate media outlets. Any policy that reduces the production of ‘greenhouse’ gasses, such as CO2, is certainly a noble and worthwhile objective, that should be supported. Unfortunately, most of these groups, at least in the US, where I live, are missing the proverbial ‘elephant in the room’. This includes:
1. The entire structure of American society has been built around fossil fuel consumption. This includes the use of automobiles and jet airplanes for transportation. The profits of very powerful corporate interests, including energy corporations, automobile manufactures and their suppliers, banks and insurance companies and law firms to name a few, are highly dependent on fossil fuel consumption and ‘greenhouse’ gas production. They are not about to give this up without a big fight, including going to war.
2. The military is a key pillar of a [declining] American empire, with the Pentagon serving as the ‘enforcer’ of US global power, but is also the largest of consumer of fossil fuels and largest polluter in the world . The Pentagon is supported by all factions of the ruling elite, readily apparent from the near-unanimous bipartisan support for every military appropriation in Congress (appropriation for 2023 is $773 billion). Not surprisingly, most environmental groups, which are dependent on funding from corporate-backed foundations, such as the Ford Foundation, Home Depot Foundation, etc.  are not going to ‘bite the hand’ that feeds them. Likewise, US corporate media is controlled by 6 large corporations whose class interests reflect those of the petrochemical companies and other large corporations   . Any reporter who steps out of line- i.e., criticizes the functioning of the US empire, including fossil fuel consumption, is immediately reprimanded and/or fired. 1) Reporter Emily Wilder was fired from AP because she had posted pro-Palestinian material on social media . 2) In 1996, investigative reporter Gary Webb published a series of articles entitled ‘Dark Alliance’ in the San Jose Mercury News, linking the crack cocaine trade in Los Angeles with the Nicaraguan Contra rebels and the CIA. Not surprisingly, Webb’s story was met with outrage by MSM outlets such as the LA Times and Washington Post. Webb committed suicide in 2004 .
The survival of the American Empire is highly dependent on fossil fuel consumption and control of global energy reserves. This dependency has created irresolvable problems and led to a chaotic and at times, contradictory foreign policy. While there has been a lot of ‘whining’ about energy prices in the US and EU, the oil industry is reaping record profits. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter levied a “windfall” profits tax on the American oil industry in response to increasing gas prices and corporate profits . While these taxes have had mixed results, no doubt a result of aggressive industry lobbying, there has been little discussion of taxing high corporate profits at the present time. Indeed, petrochemical industry profits were barely addressed in the recent US ‘midterm’ elections, as many candidates receive campaign contributions from energy companies. Fossil fuels still dominate US foreign policy. This can be seen from the enduring presence of military bases throughout the ME and maintaining generous financial support for Israel and the ruling families of Gulf Monarchies . At the same time, these ruling families have watched the US/UK/NATO ferment coups in Iran (1953)   and steal resources, invade and/or destroy Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen; impose crippling economic sanctions and/or confiscate the assets of countries deemed a threat to US global power such as Iran, Venezuela and Russia and sabotage energy infrastructure (see below). Not surprisingly, KSA and other Gulf Monarchies have been reaching out to Russia and China; multiple reports indicate that KSA is ‘eager’ to join the BRICS Bloc . No doubt, this was a motivation for President Biden’s trip to KSA in July of this year, meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) at Al-Salam Palace in the Red Sea port of Jeddah. On Nov 18, the State Department recommended that MBS be granted ‘legal immunity’ for the brutal assassination of Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on Oct 2, 2018  . It should be noted that while campaigning for President, then candidate Joe Biden stated: he would “cancel the blank check” the Trump administration had given Saudi Arabia during its war in Yemen and during a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) that “America’s priorities in the Middle East should be set in Washington, not Riyadh” and advocated making Saudi Arabia an international “pariah” for butchering Jamal Khashoggi . Rhetoric notwithstanding, Biden’s polices towards the MENA region are largely a continuation of those of Trump and the ruling elite they represent. Biden has not rejoined the JCPOA and has continued Trump’s bellicose position towards the Islamic Republic of Iran. The US continues supporting Israel, the US Embassy in Israel remains in Jerusalem (Al-Quds in Arabic), which is not Israeli land and thus, a blatant violation of International law , US troops remain in Iraq and Syria while the Pentagon continues assisting KSA in their genocidal war on Yemen . Trump continues his financial dealings with KSA, recently signing a $1.6 billion deal with a Saudi real estate developer . It will be interesting to see how the US reacts when KSA joins BRICS .
On Sept 26, 2022, Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines, carrying natural gas from Russia to Germany, under the Baltic Sea were blown up  . Shortly after the explosions, erstwhile British Prime Minister Liz Truss allegedly sent a message to US Sec of State Anthony Blinken stating ‘it’s done’ . While the actual perpetrators of this attack have not been identified, it is likely that the US at a very minimum was aware of this action, as pointed out by Professor Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia University) during a Bloomberg interview . The end result is that Germany and other countries in the EU will no longer have access to cheap and plentiful Russian energy, but will now be forced to purchase much more expensive liquified natural gas from the US or other countries. It should also be noted that nearly 8 decades following the conclusion of WWII, the Pentagon maintains circa 900 foreign military bases worldwide  . Europe is still occupied by circa 100K troops , 35K in Germany alone . Thus, Germany is not really a US ‘ally’ but rather a subordinate. This begs the question; will Germany and other countries in the EU continue serving as de facto US vassals or begin following a more independent foreign policy? One could argue their very survival as functional states depends on this.
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70. ‘It’s done’: Putin fumes after Liz Truss ‘message’ to Blinken over Nord Stream attack ‘revealed’ Hindustan Times Nov 4, 2022; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxzBqghRs5k
71. Jeffrey Sachs: Rest of the World Thinks the U.S. Probably Sabotaged the Nord Stream Pipeline, But it Doesn’t Show up in our Media By Tim Hains Real Clear Politics Oct 3, 2022; https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2022/10/03/jeffrey_sachs_most_of_the_world_doesnt_view_the_ukraine_war_the_way_the_us_media_does.html
72. A List of All 900 U.S. Foreign Military Bases. By Eric Zuesse Nov 18, 2022; https://theduran.com/a-list-of-all-900-u-s-foreign-military-bases/
73. USA’s Military Empire: A Visual Database. World Beyond War;
74. US likely to keep 100,000 troops in Europe for foreseeable future in face of Russian threat, US officials say By Ellie Kaufman and Barbara Starr, CNN Fri May 20, 2022; https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/20/politics/us-troops-in-europe/index.html
75. Where 100,000 U.S. troops are stationed in Europe. By Zachary Basu Axios Mar 22, 2022; https://www.axios.com/2022/03/23/where-100000-us-troops-are-stationed-europe
Figure 1. Map of the Middle East
Table 1. Middle East Energy Reserves by Country
(TJ, tera joules; 1 TJ= 163 barrels of oil)
Source: iea; https://www.iea.org/regions/middle-east
|Country||Oil (TJ)||Natural Gas (TJ)|
Table 2. US Military Bases and Facilities in Middle East 
*Numbers in parenthesis, estimated total number of US troops (thousands) deployed in each country; ** Estimated number of US troops (thousands)
|Bahrain (9K)||US Naval Forces Central Command/ US 5th Fleet||4.7|
|Shaikh Isa Air Base|
|Muharraq Air Base (Navy)|
|Iraq (2.5K)||Al Asad Air Base|
|Israel||Dimona Radar Facility|
|Mashabim Air Base / Bisl’a Aerial Defense School|
|Jordan||Muwaffaq Salti Air Base (Azraq)|
|Kuwait (13.5)||Ali Al Salem Air Base||1.5|
|Camp Spearhead Army Base|
|Oman (<1K)||RAFO Masirah|
|Muscat International Airport|
|Al-Musannah Air Base|
|Port of Duqm|
|Port of Salalah|
|Qatar (10K)||Al Udeid Air Base- Special Operations Command Central||10|
|Camp As Sayliyah|
|KSA (3K)||Eskan Village|
|Turkey (5K)||Incirlik Air Base||5|
|Izmir Air Station|
|UAE (2K)||Al Dhafra Air Base||2|
|Port of Jebel Ali|
|Fujairah Naval Base|
|Syria (<0.2K)||Al-Tanf garrison (ATG)|
The problem with America is there are too many good Americans, either good and dinged up or rootin for a winner of the American fight.
I think the real problem in America is lack of knowledge on many issues.
For example, there’s no such thing as FOSSIL FUEL:
“In the West it is almost universally held that all oil and gas are derived from fossils. This is not the case elsewhere, particularly among Russian and Ukrainian scientists who have, over several generations, tenaciously propounded the notion that oil and gas are abiotic, and can be found deep below the surface of the earth in most parts of the world and in very large amounts.”
The Earth came from the sun, and we came from the Earth.
Very good short walk through modern history. Empire’s have arouse and empires have fell all over the world conquered and occupied land for centuries the USA is no different than the Babylonian, Roman or Assyrian empire’s of the day. However, we as freedom loving peoples must work for a more civilized world where peace and righteousness abound.
Surprised that Admiral Hyman Rickover wasn’t mentioned? Here his final three paragraphs:
Life in crowded communities cannot be the same as life on the frontier. We are no longer free, as was the pioneer – to work for our own immediate needs regardless of the future. We are no longer as independent of men and of government as were Americans two or three generations ago. An ever larger share of what we earn must go to solve problems caused by crowded living – bigger governments; bigger city, state, and federal budgets to pay for more public services. Merely to supply us with enough water and to carry away our waste products becomes more difficult and expansive daily. More laws and law enforcement agencies are needed to regulate human relations in urban industrial communities and on crowded highways than in the America of Thomas Jefferson.
Certainly no one likes taxes, but we must become reconciled to larger taxes in the larger America of tomorrow.
I suggest that this is a good time to think soberly about our responsibilities to our descendants – those who will ring out the Fossil Fuel Age. Our greatest responsibility, as parents and as citizens, is to give America’s youngsters the best possible education. We need the best teachers and enough of them to prepare our young people for a future immeasurably more complex than the present, and calling for ever larger numbers of competent and highly trained men and women. This means that we must not delay building more schools, colleges, and playgrounds. It means that we must reconcile ourselves to continuing higher taxes to build up and maintain at decent salaries a greatly enlarged corps of much better trained teachers, even at the cost of denying ourselves such momentary pleasures as buying a bigger new car, or a TV set, or household gadget. We should find – I believe – that these small self-denials would be far more than offset by the benefits they would buy for tomorrow’s America. We might even – if we wanted – give a break to these youngsters by cutting fuel and metal consumption a little here and there so as to provide a safer margin for the necessary adjustments which eventually must be made in a world without fossil fuels.
One final thought I should like to leave with you. High-energy consumption has always been a prerequisite of political power. The tendency is for political power to be concentrated in an ever-smaller number of countries. Ultimately, the nation which control – the largest energy resources will become dominant. If we give thought to the problem of energy resources, if we act wisely and in time to conserve what we have and prepare well for necessary future changes, we shall insure this dominant position for our own country.
Like to also share with you what many fail to see and that is how the world changed almost overnight and the huge problems that resulted for banking. As Cantelon put it:
“in the early pioneer days, men could do business with a local bank because few traveled far from home and seldom crossed the borders of another state. Even by the turn of the Century, few men had traveled more than three hundred miles.
Overnight, the entire scene changed. with the age of automation, world travel became common. Men traveled across the ocean as easily as across the street. In a single year,
108 million Americans
took 360 million trips
totaling 312 billion miles.
Yikes, for money and banking and currency conversion and the enormous frustration that ensued accordingly. I believe that this was one of the major reasons for wanting global one world government.
The irish people and its government are in sharp disagreement, who will prevail is another matter. A lot of us hope soon elections will offer hope and a change in policy. How many more ‘western’ countries population are there or thereabouts? Lots I reckon
The great economist, Dr. Michael Hudson sums it up in one simple paragraph. It’s All About The World Economy:
“Well, the world economy is now fracturing between two parts, the United States and Europe is the dollarized part. And this Western neoliberal unit is driving Eurasia and most of the Global South into a separate group.
The conflict really is between finance capitalism in the United States and Europe against other countries – China, Russia, Iran, India – that are following the more traditional ethic and strategy of industrial capitalism.”
The author notes:
“The survival of the American Empire is highly dependent on fossil fuel consumption and control of global energy reserves. This dependency has created irresolvable problems and led to a chaotic and at times, contradictory foreign policy.”
The survival of the American Empire is a nation that rules: with the US Dollar System. With that $$ System, it has constructed seemingly invincible Structures that includes The IMF, the World Bank, with its Financial Hegemon deeply embedded in the UK & the EU Central Banks. The predominant fact is how the $$$ System flows back to the US wherein the US Military & the Multi-billionaires make their vast profits.
While the US,originally, pinned the $$ to oil, since then the hegemon has branched out into thousands of different venues. Take a look at the hedge fund, Black Rock: it manages literally trillions of $ in pension funds, real estate, social security and many other assets around of the World. that’s just one example. There are thousands of other examples, like that.
What will finally break the US Hegemon is two-fold. 1.0The self-destructive nature of its Financial World of immense greed and criminal behaviors.
2.) Look how how the US Financial Sector seized billions of Russian assets because that money was still within the purvue of the US $$ system. Ditto with Venezuela.
Now non-western nations are clamoring to distance themselves from the US Hegemon. It is no longer trusted.This is why we see the world fracturing: the Western World on one side and the non-Western nations.
If you read the financial history of the Western World, you see how one nation after another replaced a current Hegemon: see the Spanish Empire, the Dutch Republic before that, and the British Empire.
The new boys on the block began new trade/finance/bank set-ups with other nations.It’s what we are seeing today with the growing number of Brics Nations who are are using each other’s currencies that are Not tied to the US $$ System. It’s that development, if successful that will kill off the US Financial Hegemon.
I’m reminded of G.W.Bush’s “America is addicted to oil – [we must increase supply]” speech*. It is hard for anyone not having spent time in the U.S.A. to concieve just how glutton the U.S.A. is in hydrocarbon fuel consumption with no plan or even intention of seriously getting away from it. The use of “alternative energy” is not to offset oil consumption, but rather to augment it. I surmise it is something in the U.S. economy requiring the ever greater consumption of oil, and not the actual need for it. Considering the situation, the obvious chess move for the BRICS would be to dramatically raise oil prices by cutting back production. The counter move for the U.S.A. would be to get off their addiction.
Excellent report. As far as the new Green Agenda – apparently being promoted by the US-EU club of western countries but in fact by those who actually make decisions in the west i.e. the Khazarian mafia – is concerned, we still remember – after the WWII and during the Cold War- how the US were busy showing off the American Dream, exaggerating the efficiency of the capitalist system by doing things like smiling American couples drive those huge heavy V8 gas guzzlers only to irritate the Soviet systems’ inefficiencies. They were telling the Soviets that if they wanted a better standard of living, they would have to abandon their inefficient socialist system and follow the American Dream which meant burning more gas. In the 90’s when the Soviets said, o.k. let’s play your game, the Khazaraian Mafia understood very well that their American Dream swindle would soon be over, due to the fact that nearly all of the world’s oil/gas and other natural resources are located in faraway lands including the MENA, Russia, Africa, S/L Americas. They also understood the limits of their geopolitical brinkmanship, knowing full well that they can’t play this Daesh-Zelinski game forever. Therefore, the Khazarian mafia + Anglo collaborators came up with a new plan, the so-called Green Agenda using the WEF’s ‘own nothing but be happy’ mantra. The end purpose of this new diversionary agenda is to make the Anglo-Zionists preserve their enormous wealth/power while forcing the 99.99 percent of the poor consume less resources and ideally kill each other in wars instigated by the same forces behind the green agenda narrative. If Russia’s oil/gas embargo could cause such a huge damage to EU, US economies as we are witnessing today, imagine what a full-fledged blockade of the Persian Gulf would do the western economies now that Tehran has developed indigenous hypersonic missiles.
I’m perplexed as to where this thinking that the US-EU club is seriously promoting a “Green agenda” coming from. It is quite the oppisite. In reality all they are doing, especially the US part of the club, is greenwashing the same old hydrocarbon fuel based economy upon which they have already built their economy on. In public they say, “we believe in the environment”, but behind closed doors amongst their cronies they say, “we don’t really believe, we are not fools as we know environmentalism gets in the way of making money”. All the current administration in Washington is doing with their so called “green agenda” is trying to pacify a miniority within thier party who side with an even smaller group of intellectuals who do understand the effects of excessive consumption of hydrocarbon fuels, and are yelling loudly. (Granted understanding climate change and et. al. is a complex topic requiring knowledge of theromodynamics and other physics taught only at the university level. So, true comprehension of the issue is not available to the greater proletariat.) As to the majority of that party in power, all they are interested in is political power and making money; all of which is based on ever greater consumption of hydrocarbon fuels. What these people would like more than ever would be to get small “undeveloped” countries hooked on hydrocarbon fuels like they are so as to increase their markets and power.
Watch that “climate relief fund” agreed to at the recent COP27 climate conference will be used to develop hydrocarbon intensive infrastructures in non-industrialized countries.
I would like to clarify some aspects about the author’s article. Regarding “clean” energies, we have to start from the fact that the sun sends 173,000 terawatts of energy per hour to the earth (discounting the energy that is lost due to the albedo effect). Compare this figure with the energy production by man, which is 16 terawatts per YEAR
Speaking of communication routes, I can talk about Spain, I live there, many do not know that it is the second most mountainous country in Europe where every kilometer of motorway has cost blood, sweat and more blood; and they are free…for now, the current social-communist government wants to monetize them because they have discovered liberalism at the hands of a liberal angel. and finally the Spanish《high-speed trains》…the high speed is on average in many of them 176 km/h just like in Franco’s times, not counting the enormous corruption in their construction.
I agree that there is no green agenda. Certainly there is no green agenda that reduces fossil fuel use. We can’t even stop single use plastic, or gas guzzling vanity pick up trucks, or earth poisoning fracking, or coal mining. The effective political power in the US is for all practical purposes controlled by climate change denial. However, making oil cheap has become impossible. It is only cheap for the ineffectual military trying to control it and keep fueling the empire of the ultra rich. We are creating the military police state that now wants to surveil, censor, use us in forced medical experiments, poison our water, feed us on corn and fat, and divide us over trivial disagreements. Most people are too distracted by sports, entertainment, surviving, career, media lies, and which party to hate more that there is little basis or effort for political change.
What would be the components of an actual transition from ff dependence?
1) cut military spending to the defense of the actual geography of US states. Change foreign policy to pursue peaceful relations, adopt fair trade practices,
2) energy efficient building and retrofitting of buildings,
3) localize 2/3rds of food production and building materials
4)localize every possible form of production
5) create walkable city and town centers , community gardens, community music and dance venues
6)move from plastic containers to recyclable standard sized glass containers.
7) make things that last, are well designed and are worth maintaining. Maintain them.
Make your own list for how to do it. ……>.8,9,10…..
Quite the comprehensive and researched opinion piece that is instructional and informative. Much appreciated.
However, it leaves out some notable and needed dialog that is discussed in the following video:
Matt Bracken and George McMillan discussing the more comprehensive understanding of what is taking place and why. I found it to be very educational.
From high altitude here is much truth in this exposition. Lower down towards ground-level operations, not so much.
For example, US big oil and their associates lead the charge for “green energy.” They are used to being monopolists. So, whatever comes along . . . well, you know.
That said, the exposition fills in detail of a known problem without engaging solutions thereto. It’s easy to complain and accuse. But that doesn’t get the car fixed.