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Friday, August 26, 2005

Swift Boating Anti-Bedfellows

Yesterday's post on Jerome Corsi demonstrates how oil depletion concerns can create the strangest of bedfellows. From a Daily Kos diary, comes news that T. Boone Pickens recently made an appearance on Chris Matthews' Hardball program and stated outright how the world will produce no more than the 82 million barrels than it does today. Someone else on Kos claimed that Pickens had made that original prediction about 10 years ago, laying claim that it had nothing to do with economics, but in fact arose from the geological limitations of production. Pickens said nothing new on Matthews' show, but Chris M. did bring up the possible relationship between conquest of oil and the Iraqi wars.

The rather odd connection to Jerome "Infinite Oil" Corsi comes from this bit of info from the presidential campaign of 2004:
Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens, a Bush fund-raiser, also backed the veterans' (anti-Kerry Swift-Boaters) ads with $2.5 million of his own money. He later gave $250,000 for Bush's inaugural celebrations.

So we have two huge supporters of Bush and, by the same token, huge opponents of Kerry (to the tune of 2.5 million), diametrically opposed in their stances to our oil predicament.

Shorter: Pickens says peak oil now. Corsi says peak oil never. Sounds like a wedge issue to me.

Get these two in a room together and it may cause a BushCo follower's head to explode. Mine just hurts thinking about how Pickens could support Bush, knowing full well that he would continue the full-bore extractionist viewpoint favored by his corporate cronies and 'minionists.

On the other hand, Corsi just makes me nauseous.

As Matt Savinar noted (alert from TOD), many PO debunking websites have started sprouting up in the last few weeks. Geez, I wonder why? He didn't make it clear which sites did the debunking but I finally turned up one here, a real vapor-sniffing, swift-tanker website called Peak Oil Debunked, authored by JD, possibly the John Denver commenter from PeakOil.com ..... I'm on a Rocky Mountain high.

Update: Just double-checked and yes, John Denver does pen the bloviations as JD and thinks that Matt Savinar has it out for him. He actually straddles the boundary of weakly admitting to a technical peak oil, but believing that all those who deeply understand its implications show a fascistic, anti-social streak. Basically, an all-around depressing sort of character.


Professor Blogger monkeygrinder said...

I'm trying to come up with a catch phrase for these ungloomists.

Something like, "JD is depressingly optimistic," or "JD believes in death, taxes, but not Peak Oil..."

8:19 PM  
Professor Blogger WHT said...

You've got it, MG.

How about "Gloomy critics of the gloomers"?

We've all heard of being "Politically Correct". I seriously believe we need to call them on being "Energy Correct". Don't say anything bad about the energy economy for fear of upsetting people's sensibilities.

9:37 PM  
Professor Anonymous Anonymous said...

from Philip Martin
One gets an idea of JD's ideas from his very first Peak Oil Debunked posting. Apparently we are destined to lived on some other planet because William S. Burroughs (a rally nauseating figure and JD's hero) thinks this is our destiny. JD is quite at home with the idea of sucking our planet's resources dry, screwing the planet up, and then getting in approximately a billion or so spaceships to go somewhere else. One thing he has in his favour..the future lasts a long time so he doesn't need to have any precision or any real ideas at all.
He also seems to have a problem with climate change..viewing it as this week's green issue. You can tell he's worried though. Poor guy.

8:07 AM  

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