The Great Oil Conspiracy: How the U.S. Goverment Hid the Nazi Discovery of Abiotic Oil from the American People is an in-depth investigation into society's misconceptions about the nature of petroleum reserves and production. Jerome R. Corsi begins with a discussion of the history of oil refinement and even delves into a number of once-secret Nazi documents. Fleet Cooper performs this informative text excellently, drawing out the intrigue and conspiracy at the heart of this infamous cover-up.
A shocking investigation revealing why greedy oil companies are lying to the American people.
At the end of World War II, U.S. intelligence agents confiscated thousands of Nazi documents on what was known as the “Fischer-Tropsch Process” - a series of equations developed by German chemists unlocking the secrets of how oil is formed. When the Nazis took power, Germany had resolved to develop enough synthetic oil to wage war successfully, even without abundant national oil reserves.
For decades, these confiscated German documents remained largely ignored in a United States where petro-geologists and petro-chemists were convinced that oil was a “fossil fuel” created by ancient decaying biological debris. Clearly, big U.S. oil companies had no financial interest in explaining to the American people that oil was a natural product made on a continual basis deep within the earth. If there were only so many fossils in geological time, there could only be so much oil. Big oil could then charge more for a finite, rapidly disappearing resource than for a natural, renewable, and probably inexhaustible one.
The Great Oil Conspiracy explains how Stalin, at the end of World War II, demanded his petro-geologists “dig deeper” when petro-scientists in the United States had determined that the Soviet Union, like Germany, lacked national oil reserves. Russia today has challenged Saudi Arabia for the lead in oil production and exportation. Once oil is understood as an abundantly available resource, there is no reason hydro-carbon fuels cannot indefinitely propel the development and production of cheap energy reserves the United States needs to maintain its dominant position in the emerging global economy.
©2012 Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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This is an interesting fringe theory. It doesn't even rise to a conspiracy. For a conspiracy people and entities have to work in unison to achieve a goal. Corsi makes no such argument, convincing or not. Further he sites random research without a coherent attack on the current theory. I have not idea whether his supposition is true, could be, but he isn't the one who is going to convince me.
He has written other 'conspiracy theory' books. This seems to be how he makes his living. Before you read this book, I would check him out on Wikipedia -- I wish I had. I give this book a pass -- don't bother.
First off I am a petroleum geologist; regardless of what I have been trained to believe (Academia and Industry) I was intrigued by the title of this book and the concept of abiotic oil. In short this book is simply incoherent ramblings that fail to present little evidence regarding origin of abiotic oil. Corsi continually talks about drilling deeper into the earth and at greater water depths, which he correlates to abiotic. Corsi clearly is not a scientist and doesn't have a grasp of geology or a petroleum system in general. He kept painting the picture that hydrocarbon (fossil fuels) are from dinosaurs or something of sorts. He is correct in stating that these fossils are rare and could not produce the amount of hydrocarbon that humans have consumed. There is a major gap Corsi fails to mention, single cell organisms; which has been very abundant through MUCH of earth’s time. It is convenient that Corsi does not mention many of the tight oil/shale gas/ oil shale plays that have boosted US production in the last decade are actual source rocks. There are a few different types of source rocks, but the major source rocks where hydrocarbons are formed from a mixture of lithics (clay + quartz + carbonate) and algal remains deposited under anoxic conditions fresh water environment or formed from marine planktonic and bacterial remains preserved under anoxic conditions in marine environments. The industry has long known that these source rocks do in fact contain hydrocarbon, however the permeability of these rocks are extremely low, resulting in uneconomic production rates. Thus there is a lot of oil in these formations, but it’s simply uneconomic. That is until the industry advanced its methods in hydraulically fracturing a formation to increase it’s permeability.
The argument that Hubbert's peak oil curve is certainly does have some downfalls, at least in regards to timing of peak oil. Hubbert's peak oil is outdated, BUT is a function of improved technology (e.g. hydraulic fracturing or horizontal drilling) over the years rather than an "unlimited source" of oil from the mantle. In my view it is likely that the recent oil boom in the unconventional reservoirs (oil and gas shale) in the US has simply delayed peak oil. Peak oil is real and we will eventually have to come to grips with it.
Overall, an interesting book in regards to hearing what the theory of abiotic oil, but this book was a waste of time. The only reason I finished it, is because of the book’s short length. Corsi does not present a convincing argument of abiotic oil, but illustrates the standpoint of person who doesn’t grasp petroleum system.
I don’t doubt that many people will discredit my review, because I am an industry stooge, which I am okay with. For the people who have a scientific or engineering background that are interested in entertaining the idea of abiotic oil, if only to learn about a conspiracy theory; don't waste your time.
No, since I work in the petroleum industry I have a vested interest in learning about all of the theories people have about peak oil and its potential results. However after this book, I will unquestionably pay closer attention to previous reviews.
The narrator wasn’t the problem with the book; the problem was the actual content of the book.
The author simply preached about a conspiracy theory, with little knowledge of where most people understand hydrocarbon to come from. Corsi needs to understand the general knowledge before preaching conspiracy theories.
As with all ideological rants there is a little bit of truth.
It does seem that technological advances will render the US energy independent within this decade. But do we really want this fuel piped from ND to TX? Why not refine it in ND?
It is also true that technology has given us the means to turn spent nuclear fuel into an electricity producing resource. This also solves the ecological problem of stashing the toxic nuclear waste in the desert.
It is additionally true that wind farms are unsightly and they generally produce electricity at night during low demand hours.
Also, solar panel production dislocations caused several infamous bankruptcies. However, if every roof had solar arrays, producing electricity during industrial peak demand daylight hours when residential use is lowest, and those residential producers sold this excess capacity back to the distribution grid, this would free up our oil reserves to power air and space travel.
As for ethanol, the book rightly points out that it is a very inefficient use of our food resources and the book is entirely correct that in many ways it is completely counterproductive. The cost is too high (both production costs and government subsidies), it produces economic imbalances throughout the economy and up and down the food chain, and corn is better used as human and animal fuel than for cars and trucks.
I ended up wishing this book had been more open minded and balanced in it's approach to the question of energy. If it were, it's agenda would have been better served.
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