- Called to explain to Congress why, when the consumers
are being gouged by high gasoline prices, they are experiencing record
profits, Lee Raymond, CEO of Exxon-Mobil (the largest of the Seven Sisters
and tutorial head of the John D. Rockefeller Standard Oil dynasty), David
O'Reilly of Chevron, James Mulva of ConocoPhillips, John Browne of BP-Amoco
and Jeroen van der Veer of Royal Dutch Shell, the European oil giant owned
by the Rothschild interests, blamed their good fortune on Hurricanes Katrina
and Rita and on the Islamic global oil cartel as they pleaded innocent
to allegations of price fixing, claiming that gasoline shortages simply
increased demand beyond the limited capacity of the oil giants to produce
enough gasoline when Katrina and Rita slammed into the Gulf Coast.
- The oil magnates, who were not sworn in at the insistence
of Sen. Ted Stevens [R-AK], chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee,
argued that their business was cyclic and that their profits were modest
at best compared to their investments in searching for alternative fuels
for the day when the oil wells dry up. James Mulva, CEO of ConocoPhillips
said his company's $3.8 billion third quarter earnings represented a profit
margin of only 7.7%-a number in line with other industries if you ignore
the dollars. Raymond, the head of Exxon-Mobil agreed with Mulva, stating
that the oil industry is "...in line with the average of all US industry.
[Their] numbers are huge because the scale of [their] industry is huge...We,"
he concluded, "invest to run our global operations, to develop future
supply, to advance energy-producing and saving technologies, and to meet
our obligations to millions of our shareholders."
- In less polite layman's language what Raymond, who became
testy when he was hammered by Boxer and Sen. Byron Dorgan [D-ND] who were
demanding simple yes or no answers, was really telling the Senators-without
speaking the words-was that Exxon-Mobil and the other major oil giants
are no longer wholly American companies who are obligated to answer to
the whims of the American consumer. Exxon's primary concern, Raymond evidenced,
is to their shareholders who want to see larger dividend checks that comes
only from higher prices at the gas pumps.
- On the other side of the Congress, House Speaker Dennis
Hastert called for the oil companies to reinvest their windfall profits
into the oil industry infrastructure, in new wells and in new refineries.
The Bush Administration echoed that demand. The Democrats demanded that
Congress penalize the oil industry with a windfall profits tax. Sen. Frank
Lautenberg [D-NJ], one of those demanding the tax, justified his position
by saying "...I think [the oil companies] feel relatively immune from
criticism." Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR] said the attitude of the oil executives
means the Democrats need to implement a windfall profits tax-and rescind
the new refinery incentives as well.
- This would provide the oil companies-who do not want
to see any more refineries built-with all the reasons they need not to
build any more-and the names of those where they could lay the blame come
election day. The Democrats, who correctly argued during the hearing that
the oil companies deliberately cut back on their refinery capacity in order
to increase profits, should be able to see the stupidity of their threats.
But seldom do the Democrats use intelligence when they vote, since they
vote their special interests just as the Republicans do. Seldom, if ever,
does either side vote the interests of the people who lack the funds to
fill their campaign coffers with six-digit offerings that theoretically
have no strings attached.
- I believe Congress should slap the Seven Sisters with
a massive windfall profits tax. However, my view what to do with the windfall
profit taxes assessed to the oil barons would differ considerably from
the views of the Democrats who want to give those proceeds to the poor
in the form of heating subsidies or commuting subsidies in order to keep
the poor shackled to the Democratic voting booth.
- Six days before Hurricane Katrina, OPEC announced that
it was considering solutions to the soaring prices of gasoline which they
said, was completely unjustified. Sheik Ahmed Fahd Al Sabah, the Kuwaiti
energy minister told the Gulf Daily News of Bahrain that "...[w]e
are becoming increasingly concerned at the continuing high level of oil
prices, which does not properly reflect the underlying fundamentals of
the market. Oil resources are plentiful and supplies are plentiful. OPEC
has been producing more than its agreed output by 1.5 million barrels per
day in the three quarters of 2005." The oil minister said the world
inventory of crude oil exceeded their 7-year average, and that the additional
capacity OPEC agreed to pump early next year meant there would be enough
oil in the market to meet all demands.
- The sheik insisted there was no shortage, and that there
was more than enough oil in the pipeline to meet demands throughout the
winter and into 2006. The Arabs appeared to be at a loss why, when they
opened the spigot to free up enough oil to cover the demands of the world
throughout the entire winter of 2006-07, that prices continued to soar.
In their mind, supply adequately covered demand-and, on top of everything
else, the global demand for oil had fallen. Reduced consumer demand worldwide
caused by increased prices at the pumps, cut gasoline consumption dramatically
and should have caused the price of crude to drop below the $60 threshold.
It did not.
- It did not, simply because the price of gasoline has
nothing to do with the volume of oil being pumped from the ground (unless
there simply isn't enough oil being farmed and the storage tanks at the
refineries around the world are empty). In the world today there is no
shortage, There is an oil glut that is so severe that Saudi Arabia, which
had increased oil production in the summer at the request of the Bush Administration,
was forced to cut back simply because the world's storage facilities are
all full and there is no place to store the oil being pumped from the ground.
- For the first time ever, a president-George W. Bush-addressed
the reason why gasoline prices are skyrocketing in the aftermath of Katrina
and Rita. And for the first time ever, an American president honestly explained
to the American people how to reverse the trend. Build oil refineries-quickly.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Oct. 4, the president explained how to
reduce the price of gasoline, home heating oil and jet fuel. Build refineries.
Unfortunately, the American people are listening to the environmentalists
who are funded by the oil giants who have a vested interest in curbing
oil consumption, and not the Bush Administration, which was telling them
- While this was not the argument the oil company executives
gave to Congress, the oil giants believe that oil-a carbon fuel (they wrongfully
speculate was derived from algae, the rotting carcasses of dinosaurs, decaying
primordial plant and animal life from the Carboniferous Period or from
trillions of microscopic diatoms [organisms in the primeval seas about
the size of a pinhead])-will attain peak (the level at which the oil on
Earth is 50% depleted) somewhere between 2010 and 2030, and for that reason,
they are justified in driving up the price of oil in order in order to
conserve it. In reality, as reported in the Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences last year, oil is not a fossil fuel. It is continuously
being created by a process deep in the Earth, raising the question: peak
oil or deep oil? Scientist theorize today that the organic material scientists
initially found suggested oil came from living things, may simply have
been waster matter from microbial organisms that feed on hydrocarbons deep
within the planet. This debris simply flows upward, mixing with other biotic
materials as they interact with the limestone and iron oxide (the process
by which methane is created).
- Dudley Herschbach, a Baird Research Professor of Science
and the recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize for chemistry conducted the original
experiments to prove how methane is created in the Earth, said that new
findings corroborate that many of the Earth's oil reservoirs refill as
they're pumped out. Herschbach said his observations support the view that
petroleum may be continually generated. Herschbach urged caution to the
oil gluttons saying that "...[e]ven if we convinced ourselves that
a lot of hydrocarbons are formed that way, we don't yet know how long it
takes for it to percolate up and fill the reservoirs." If the views
of Herschbach and 19th century Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev, astrophysicist
Thomas Gold and physicists like Michael Gordin are true then once again,
the Rockefeller wisdom-which has steadfastly maintained that oil is a non
replenishable fossil fuel-is once again, flawed.
- Geologists who ascribe to the "peak oil" theory
(also called Hubbert's Peak after Shell geologist Dr. Marion King Hubbert)
who, in the late 1950s, calculated that, based on known global reserves,
the oil wells in the non-OPEC countries would dry up between 2010 to 2015,
and the oil reserves in the OPEC nations would begin to dry up around 2030.
- Using fear tactics, the oil giants soberly hypothesized
that if their theories are even remotely accurate, OPEC could control all
of the viable oil reserves in the world by 2030-and could demand any price
they wanted for black gold. (What the oil giants also fail to mention,
or talk about in mixed company (oil companies vs consumers), is that the
largest oil reserves in the world-enough oil to supply the world for 150
to 300 years-lies at the bottom of the China Sea. They also fail to note
that those oil reserves have been claimstaked by the People's Republic
- An IPO between China and Standard Oil which formed the
largest oil cartel ever imagined by man, will tap into what is believed
to be the largest subterranean oil field in the world-even larger than
those discovered under the Arctic ice cap in the 1980s and 1990s. The oil
under the sparsely inhabited, frozen skin of ANWR that Bush targeted for
exploration would serve 100% of the energy needs of the United States for
30 years. It was this oil that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi falsely
claimed would reduce the cost of gasoline at the pumps by a penny a gallon.
If all of the North Slope-the area known as the Arctic National Wildlife
Refuge-was opened for drilling, those wells could serve almost all of America's
internal needs for a century if the oil companies were correct in their
assumption that oil is a finite commodity, which it is not.
- © 2005 Jon C. Ryter - All Rights Reserved
- Jon Christian Ryter is the pseudonym of a former newspaper
reporter with the Parkersburg, WV Sentinel. He authored a syndicated newspaper
column, Answers From The Bible, from the mid-1970s until 1985. Answers
From The Bible was read weekly in many suburban markets in the United States.
- Today, Jon is an advertising executive with the Washington
Times. His website, www.jonchristianryter.com has helped him establish
a network of mid-to senior-level Washington insiders who now provide him
with a steady stream of material for use both in his books and in the investigative
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