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The Looming Peak Oil Crisis as a Pretext for 9/11/01

Among the many possible and apparent motives that insiders in the U.S. government-military-corporate nexus had for committing the crimes of 9/11/01, the role of Peak Oil is controversial among scholars of the crime. Some have stated that the attack was essentially a manifestation of Peak Oil -- providing a pretext for invasion of oil-rich central asian nations, while others have argued that different motives were primary. Still others have attempted to deny that Peak Oil is real.

'Peak Oil' is the point at in time at which maximum global oil production is reached. It is shorthand for the observation that the curve of expanding consumption of petroleum will soon collide with the curve of decreasing availability, necessitating a dramatic, and perhaps catastrophically sudden, shift away from the petroleum-based economy. The idea that Peak Oil was a motive for the 9/11/01 attack is supported by the way the Bush Administration exploited the attack to invade and occupy Afghanistan and Iraq. By controlling the extraction and distribution of oil in these regions and intimidating other still-sovereign neighboring states, the Peak Oil crisis could be hidden from American consumers for a few more years, while profiteers of the oil and war economies reap obscene profits.

Many people identify the idea that Peak Oil was a primary motive for the attack with researcher Michael Ruppert, who became a central figure in the early 9/11 Truth Movement. Ruppert first came to prominence years before the 9/11/01 attack for his work documenting CIA involvement in drug trafficking. In late 2001 he published a report on the stock trades involving the exercise of put options on American Airlines and United Airlines' stocks -- activity Ruppert linked to the CIA. Ruppert's website www.fromthewilderness.com, features articles by analysts such as Dale Allen Pfeiffer showing that oil production in several countries has already peaked, and predicting that production in the remaining countries will soon peak.

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title: What Will Be the Next Target of the Oil Coup?
authors: Dale Allen Pfeiffer

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Finally, we have to wonder not only about the motives of this supposed oil coup, but we also need to speculate on whether the perpetrators fully understand the implications of energy depletion. In other words, will they be able to hold on to their power in the face of the breakdown of civilization? And what might they do if they thought they were losing control?

First let us look at the situation in North America, as reported by Duncan and Youngquist.

North American Oil Production

The United States was the first country to peak in its oil production, back in 1970. The United States exploited its oil to provide the standard of living enjoyed today. However, after 1970 the continuation of this standard of living has depended upon increasing imports of oil. Notice the slight raising and leveling off of the production curve in the early 1980s as oil from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska was brought on line. The Prudhoe Bay fields peaked in 1985 and have been in decline since. At one time, the USA had abundant, easily exploited oil reserves -- production peaked at over 4 billion barrels per year -- but those days are behind us now. Even the Alaska National Wildlife Arctic Reserves (ANWAR) will make little difference to this picture.

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