In today's post I want to tie in Oil-Qaeda's war on methanol and elucidate upon methods they have used for many decades to deprive civilization of security.
Yes, how Oil-Qaeda has deprived civilization of safer sources of fuels, safer transportation, safer power plant generation of electricity, and have purposefully placed civilization on suicide watch just to enrich themselves at the expense of humanity (Civilization Is Now On Suicide Watch, 2, 3, 4).
II. Preliminary Background
Some aspects of the general story are covered in other series such as (Corp Germ > Corp Seed > Corp Monster, 2, 3, 4) and (The Peak of the Oil Lies, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).
For example, in the post Corp Germ > Corp Seed > Corp Monster - 3 Dredd Blog pointed out the way which Oil-Qaeda corporations, decades ago, attacked electric powered public transportation.
Their conspiracy to destroy clean fuelled public transportation, which was based on electric vehicles, has been documented in history, as has the criminal prosecutions of those corporations for doing so.
But, by the time they were stopped the damage had already been done to that clean public transportation system.
III. Government Sponsorship
Undeterred, Oil-Qaeda always finds ways to get cosy with other departments of government:
"One of our greatest helpers has been the State Department" - John D. Rockefeller (1909)"(A History of Oil Addiction - 2). Their ongoing subterfuge neatly tied in to other major British political events of that era.
Political events which, oddly enough, were based on a notion of a looming Battle of Armageddon:
From the moment he arrived at the Admiralty, a young man of destiny, Churchill started to prepare the fleet for the Battle of Armageddon he believed was inevitable.(The Universal Smedley - 3, cf. Viva Egypt - 2). A new international foreign policy developed which enveloped western civilization in policies that led to a common addiction.
Then, in 1911, the German Kaiser provoked the Agadir crisis ... Churchill went to the Admiralty and his outlook transformed. He was immediately confronted
with the decisive question: to convert the navy from coal to oil ... the "fateful plunge" was made ... in April 1912 ... five oil-burning battleships were approved.
How "our" oil got under "their" sands
It was the Royal Navy which was the impetus for the development of the oil industry in Britain. The problem was supply and the security of that supply. Initially, the British government purchased shares in the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, subsequently, British Petroleum [BP].
Then, to prevent further disruptions, Britain enmeshed itself ever more deeply in the Middle East, working to install new shahs in Iran and carve Iraq out of the collapsing Ottoman Empire.
Churchill fired the starting gun, but all of the Western powers joined the race to control Middle Eastern oil.
A common addiction which eventually grew to the point that it gave new meaning to "it's in their blood."
IV. Oil Blooded Economy
The result is well known, which is explained by the United States Department of Energy in a blunt but revealing statement:
"Oil is the lifeblood of America’s economy."(The Fleets & Terrorism Follow The Oil). The oil wars are also part of the puzzle, because "if we do not control the oil supply, we do not control our economic life," according to an Oil-Qaeda propaganda mantra.
But, now that the lifeblood has been found to be toxic to our planet, and destructive to our climate system, we now have to continually consider how to perform a blood transfusion (Do We Need A Blood Transfusion?).
And we wonder how we lost our collective minds by following leaders who led us to become addicted to a deadly poison (The Peak of Sanity - 3).
So, how is it that with all our democratic and scientific prowess we missed the gravity of the situation and missed the dangers to us all by not asking "what could go wrong?"
V. Methanol Was A Hundred Years Old Then
It is not like methanol had not yet been invented by that time, no, methanol was all grown up and robust by the time of the turn of events toward the fall of civilization into oil addiction:
" ... methanol has been one of the world’s most widely used industrial chemicals since the 1800s."(Methanol Institute, "Methanol Basics"). Anything like the electric public transportation that was coming into existence as oil continued to be pumped into the bloodstream of Western Civilization, Oil-Qaeda attacked.
It attacked anything clean that it saw as a challenger to dirty oil.
Even the early automobiles, such as the Ford Model T, which could use methanol as a fuel (because the Model T, like other vehicles then, had a "flex fuel" engine) were eventually re-engineered to use only oil derived fuels.
The same is still true in today's world of flex fuel engines, and still true of the aggressions of Oil-Qaeda (there is a plan to get rid of them).
The "problem" with methanol use is the same as it was with the clean public transportation that Oil-Qaeda took out (if it isn't an oil user it is to be abolished).
It is not that the clean fuels won't work quite well, rather, it is just that clean fuel has been continually and unfairly suppressed via the surreptitious politics of Oil-Qaeda.
What exactly was and is still being suppressed, fuel methanol, is a worthy transitional liquid fuel and/or additive that could detoxify many a now-toxic source:
Increasingly, methanol is being employed around the globe in a number of innovative applications to meet our growing demand for energy. Methanol is a clean energy option that can be produced from natural gas, coal and a number of renewable resources including biomass, landfill gas and power plant or industrial emissions. As economically recoverable energy resources become scarcer globally, methanol will play an increasingly important role in the diversification of fuel choices and the promotion of clean energy applications in countries worldwide.(Methanol Institute, "Energy"). It is also significant that methanol can be made anywhere, that is, it is not geographically limited to the sands of the Middle East nations.
Methanol’s characteristics as a liquid fuel at room temperature and the diverse sources from which methanol can be manufactured, make it an attractive alternative fuel for cars, trucks and buses. Methanol is also used as an input to the biodiesel production process, as well as a feedstock for the production of dimethyl ether, a clean burning liquid gas used primarily for cooking and heating applications, but also a suitable replacement for diesel fuel. In addition, methanol is a unique resource for use in on-grid and off-grid power turbines for electricity production, and an ideal hydrogen carrier for fuel cell technology applications including portable power.
This simple molecule packed with hydrogen and no carbon-to-carbon bonds burns cleaner than most energy sources and provides a viable, readily available alternative to traditional fossil fuels. As demand for alternative energy and fuels grows, methanol is positioned to provide the power needed for numerous applications in our daily lives.
Nevertheless, during the late 1800s and early 1900s war planning, politics, and design of ocean and land vehicles settled in on the developing notion of a foreign policy which required control of the Middle East by Western Civilization.
Oil eventually became the drug of choice, even though it required a colonial type of control over the Middle East via an extremely expensive, trillion dollar a year, military (MOMCOM - A Mean Welfare Queen).
Those military costs are socialized and propagandised to be a dynamic of creating western freedom, rather than their true purpose of protecting the profits of Oil-Qaeda.
That strategy also required the creation of propaganda machines to control the thinking of citizens in the nations of Western Civilization (The Deceit Business, 2, 3).
VI. Enter Modern Oil-Qaeda Propaganda
Consider that one important, out in the open, and real-world experiment using methanol-fuelled-vehicles actually worked well.
It was a needed and expected harbinger of things to come, until Oil-Qaeda intervened and funded political suppression and manipulation to stop it.
Suppression of success developed when Oil-Qaeda overtly corrupted the picture again:
The State of California has had an experimental methanol program that ran for 15 years in the 1980s and 1990s ... The assessment of both state officials and of Ford motor company was that is was successful.(California's Methanol Fuel Experience). Note that California's economy, if the state is considered for comparison's sake to be a nation, would be the world's eighth largest economy (Wikipedia).
In 1981, Ford delivered 40 dedicated methanol fueled Escorts to Los Angeles (LA) County. Four refueling stations were installed throughout the county, including two in underground garages. The experience gained with these initial refueling stations added considerably to the knowledge base required for methanol-compatible infrastructure, as well as identifying the ventilation requirements for underground installations. The 200-mile driving range of the vehicle also made it clear that four stations were inadequate to cover the territorial driving requirements of LA County. But the drivers of the vehicles loved the performance, offering 20 per cent more power than their gasoline-powered cousins and a 15 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency.
A paper dedicated to that methanol try out history concurs with California's success, but points out that an opposition to it, from within, was funded by Oil-Qaeda:
Opposition [from Oil-Qaeda] soon emerged to the expanding demonstration programs for clean, non-petroleum alternative transportation fuels in California. Signs of this opposition appeared for example, at a dedication ceremony for the ARCO M85 fueling facility in Sacramento, the state capitol on March 21, 1990. On this occasion, Commission Chairman Charles Imbracht, Governor George Deukmejian and ARCO President George Babikian [of Oil-Qaeda] took part in the dedication of an M85 fueling facility installed at an ARCO station located just nine blocks from the Capitol building.(Fifteen Years of Fuel Methanol Distribution). In other words, Oil-Qaeda sabotaged the process by declaring that their own research which had not yet been done would "show" that this 15 year old successful methanol fuel demonstration had not been successful.
After remarks from Chairman Imbrecht and Governor Deukmejian regardeing fuel methanol and the state's efforts to develop the potential for this promising alternative, non-petroleum fuel, Babikian [of Oil-Qaeda] used the occasion to announce the commencement of the U.S. Auto\Oil Study, a reported $2 billion cooperative effort between the three U.S. auto manufacturers and fourteen major oil companies [Oil-Qaeda]. The research effort would study methanol and reformulated gasoline, among other things, and was expected to assert the probably ascendancy of reformulated gasoline as the favored motor fuel, in comparison mainly with fuel methanol.
Yes, Oil-Qaeda started a propaganda campaign and chipped in $2,000,000,000 to get the lies off to a "good" start.
With additional monies, such as campaign contributions, Oil-Qaeda worked against any clean methanol energy success from then on.
Eventually, the then governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, shut down California's efforts.
Once we followed those leaders who were taking us down the path of addiction to dirty oil, we could never take only one quick step back to the place we began.
No, recovery requires going through most or all of the multiple steps necessary to get back.
What was and is required is a step by step reversal of the colossal mistake (and it may now be too late).
We could have kicked the addiction more easily all along the way by switching to a fuel like methanol which works within the existing infrastructure.
That "use the infrastructure we have now" tactic eases the significant burden required to correct the very, very grave mistake our culture made long ago.
Anyway, this post is getting a bit long, so this series will be continued on another day.
The previous post in this series is here.
A list of key times within the following video ...
(Note: GW = global warming; GG = greenhouse gas, CC = climate change):
00:40 - Schwarzenegger: no debate, GW is happening.
06:20 - Proper amount of GG is good, keeps us warm.
07:00 - Too much GG is a bad thing.
07:09 - Tyndall in mid 1800's began research into GG.
07:45 - Arrhenius did first degree calculations re: CO2 content.
08:25 - Callendar discovered GG increases in 1930's.
09:02 - Hulburt accord in 1930's.
09:43 - Depression / war stopped GG research.
10:00 - Gilbert N. Plass developed CO2 atmospheric calculations.
10:49 - Suess & Revelle do paper in 1957 warning of GW dangers.
12:30 - Dr. Revelle warned of polar ice cap melt in TIME interview.
13:25 - CO2 levels discovered to be high.
16:30 - Lyndon Johnson in 1965 says fossil fuels causing GW.
17:00 - GW, CC not political originally.
18:20 - White of NOAA, 1978, warns of GW dangers.
20:52 - Polar Areas to be impacted 4 times more than other areas.
24:20 - IPCC formed in 1979 with consensus on GW.
26:00 - Bush I signed GW treaty.
26:45 - Denial of GW begins.
27:40 - Luntz injects GW denial propaganda into political debate.
28:25 - Oil baron Cheney propagates GW denial.
29:00 - Oil companies do massive scale denial propaganda.
29:30 - Marshall Institute
30:30 - Marshall Institute formed to support Reagan SDI (star wars)
32:50 - Marshall Institute "cigarettes not related to cancer".
36:50 - Marshall Institute does GW denial campaign.
42:54 - Marshall member Seitz worked for big tobacco.
47:20 - Singer of Marshall Institute politically attacks GW.
53:35 - Cigarette smoking is ok rhetoric applied to GW science.