-- In the first months after 9-11,
I said the terrorist attacks were being used as an excuse to stage an oil coup
and establish an oil empire. I stated this in December of 2001, in the article The
Background is Oil.
In a follow up article, What Next?, looking at oil resources around the world, I speculated on
future targets of the War on Terror. Using the hypothesis of an oil coup out to
seize the planet�s major energy deposits before the coming of peak oil, I
called off all of our government�s future targets weeks before Bush�s famous �Axis
of Evil� speech. Over the next couple of years, I discussed the energy
importance of Afghanistan, Central Asia, Iraq, Iran, Venezuela, and the growing
energy demands of China, India and Indonesia (see The End of the Oil Age, Lulu
Publishers, March 2004, ISBN: 978-1-4116-0629-6 ). Three years ago, I wrote
about Iran�s energy resources and discussed the inevitability of a US-led
invasion of that country (Target Iran).
Now it seems that other journalists are beginning to back up
what I have said with their own words. There is one vital omission, however.
None of them have mentioned energy depletion. They seem to present all of this
as simply greed on the part of US oil interests. Certainly, US oil interests
are greedy, and they do not much care who or what they destroy to reach their
ambitions. But, seen in the light of energy resources, most of the fronts in
the War on Terror are truly acts of desperation. The invasions of
Afghanistan and Iraq have destabilized both countries and made it much more
difficult and dangerous for any business venture in those countries, or even in
the region. And attempts to depose Presidente Chavez
in Venezuela have completely backfired. No, such desperate moves only make
sense when we take into account the coming oil peak and the ensuing era of
Not to mention this central motive leaves the reader to
think that the oil majors are the preeminent power in the world. Why aren�t
other major players in the US and elsewhere standing up to oppose these
reckless endeavors? The reason is supplied by the awareness of energy
depletion. The major players are aware that we are stepping into a new world of
energy impoverishment. And, because of this awareness, they have given George
W. Bush�s mad gambit their blessing. Yet, they have done so quietly, as they do
not want the general population to become aware of our true situation.
If the population realized that the glory days of our
oil-based civilization were over, and that no alternative energy source can
provide the quantity of energy that we require for continued socioeconomic
prosperity (see How much Energy do We Consume? in The Mountain Sentinel, Vol. 1, No. 4),
the economy would collapse overnight, before the major players are ready. What
is worse, armed with such an awareness, the public
might just rise up and demand a better accounting. They might seek to transform
our society into something more egalitarian, threatening to completely unseat
the major players. And they certainly cannot have that.
It is well and good that journalists are connecting the dots
between oil and the War on Terror. But it is high time for them talk
seriously about the main motive behind the oil empire. Until the public
understands energy depletion, oil imperialism will continue to march onward.
Nor will we be prepared to deal with other problems such as climate change.
I have said before that we will not pull our troops out of
Iraq until the energy resources of that country are secure. The same is true
for Iran, should the US-led offensive against that country prove successful.
Following the seizure of Iran�s energy resources, we will turn our full
attention to Venezuela. And if we are successful at reclaiming the resources of
that country, then we will be able to go on dominating the world in the coming
age of energy depletion. The major players will be able to dictate the terms of
the coming global order, and maintain their places at the top of the heap even
as the heap diminishes. As for the general public in the US, they will be under
the feet of those major players, along with the rest of the world, struggling
to survive in the midst of the heap.
Allen Pfeiffer is a science journalist, a geologist, a novelist, and a noted
authority on energy and related geopolitical issues. His 2003 article, Eating
Fossil Fuels, has been read by hundreds of thousands throughout the world, and
has been proclaimed as one of the most important journalistic pieces of the
decade. His follow-up articles, Learning from Experience; North Korea and Cuba,
have also been widely read. Recently, information provided by Mr. Pfeiffer has
been used in presentation before the US Congress, and the French and Australian
Parliaments. His epic novel, Giants
in Their Steps, has been
praised as a compelling portrayal of human compassion and bravery, and a
poignant plea for the protection of our remaining wilderness.