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Black Gold Stranglehold: The Myth of Scarcity and the Politics of Oil [Kindle Edition]

Jerome R. Corsi , Craig R. Smith
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Experts estimate that Americans consume more than 25 percent of the world's oil but have control over less than 3 percent of its proven oil supply. This unbalanced pattern of consumption makes it possible for foreign governments, corrupt political leaders, terrorist organizations and oil conglomerates to hold the economy and the citizens of the United States in a virtual stranglehold. There is no greater proof of this than the direct relationship between skyrocketing gas prices and the explosion of wealth among those who control the world's supply of oil.

In Black Gold Stranglehold, Jerome R. Corsi and Craig Smith expose the fraudulent science that has made America so vulnerable: the belief that oil is a fossil fuel and that it is a finite resource.

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It is estimated that Americans consume more than 25 percent of the world's oil but have control over less than 3 percent of its proven supply. This extremely unbalanced pattern of consumption makes it possible for foreign governments, corrupt political leaders, terrorist organizations, and oil conglomerates to place the citizens of the United States in a stranglehold of supply and demand. There is no greater proof of this than the direct relationship between skyrocketing gas prices and the exploding wealth of those who control the supply of oil.

In Black Gold Stranglehold, Jerome R. Corsi and Craig R. Smith expose the fraudulent science that has been sold to the American people in order to enslave them: the belief that oil is a fossil fuel and a finite resource. On the contrary, this book presents authoritative research, currently known mostly in the scientific community, that oil is not a product of decaying dinosaurs and prehistoric forests. Rather, it is a natural product of the earth. The scientific evidence cited by Corsi and Smith suggests that oil is constantly being produced by the earth, far below the planet's surface, and that it is brought to attainable depths by the centrifugal forces of the earth's rotation.

In great detail Corsi and Smith explore the international and domestic politics of oil production and consumption. This includes the wealth and power of major oil conglomerates, the manipulation of world economies by oil-producing states and rogue terrorist regimes, and the political agenda of radical environmentalists and conservationists who obstruct the use of oil reserves currently controlled by the U.S. government. The authors offer an understanding of the dangerous situation America faces because its currency is no longer tied to any precious and truly scarce metals such as gold, as it was until 1973. This situation could easily lead to the devastation of the U.S. economy if Middle Eastern countries are able to enact current plans to accept only the Euro or gold-backed currencies such as the Gold Dinar instead of the U.S. dollar as the standard currency for oil.

Black Gold Stranglehold will dramatically change the debate about oil. The significance of its message is sure to cause thoughtful people to reconsider the current dependence of the U.S. economy on imported oil.

From the Back Cover


• We are not running out of oil now, and we may never run out of it.

• Today we have more proven oil reserves than ever before in human history, despite decades of increased consumption.

• The United States has enough oil offshore and in Alaska to be oil independent for decade to come.

• The money Americans spend on gas ultimately funds radical terrorist regimes and their supporters in the war against America.

• Illegal immigrants are allowed to flood our southern border in order to keep the oil flowing from Mexico.

• Carbon dioxide, the bogeyman of the radical environmental movement, is the "food" of plants and trees.

• If we grow more trees, they will "consume" the carbon dioxide released by automobiles.

• Scientific evidence suggests that in the coming decades the earth is as likely to cool as it is to warm.

• "Global warming" is a scientific hoax at the center of the radical political agenda of environmental extremists.

After reading Black Gold Stranglehold, you will never think the same way about oil. If you think oil is fossil fuel, be prepared to be challenged. If you think we are running out of oil, be prepared for some shocking research you've never heard about. If you think the world is warming up because we are burninig gasoline in our cars, you will be surprised to learn that many scientists disagree.

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  • File Size: 2840 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1581824890
  • Publisher: WND Books (October 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002EZZ4XC
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Conventional Wisdom Regarding Oil Origins May Be Wrong February 24, 2010
In 1956, while studying petroleum engineering at Princeton University, I read a statement by Vladimir Porfir'yev, a prominent Russian geologist, who said, "The overwhelming preponderance of geological evidence compels the conclusion that crude oil and natural gas have no intrinsic connection with biological matter originating near the surface of the Earth. They are primordial materials which have been erupted from great depth."

My recognition of the near total vagueness of all I had studied regarding the origin of oil up to that moment made Porfir'yev's statement appear completely logical to me.

In the intervening years I read a great deal of material written by the late Thomas Gold of Cornell University, who espoused the very same scientific position on the origin of oil, which has been largely ignored by the U.S. oil industry. Not so by the Russians, who have uncovered vast reserves of oil as a result of not looking for biological decay and seismic structural traps, but rather just geologic structural traps connected to deep crustal hot spots.

Soviet scientists ridiculed the idea that an ancient, primeval morass of plant and animal remains was covered by sedimentary deposits over millions of years, and compressed for millions of more years of heat and pressure, to create oil and natural gas.

Longtime Soviet Knowledge

The story of why this theory did not advance beyond the Soviet Union is told in the excellent book Black Gold Stranglehold, along with much more about the myths of oil scarcity and the politics of oil.

The reason the theory never left Russia is that Stalin had no reason to inform his enemies, especially not Americans or the British.
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68 of 96 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The author should take a course in basic math November 5, 2006
By Joseph
I bought this book looking forward to reading evidence that oil came from a geophysical process rather than biological. I still hope that is true, but this author has almost completely convinced me against it.

I've never read a book with so many mathematical errors. I'll give a few examples of the many that exist. There's a section from page 72-78. Throughout this section, the author uses million, billion and trillion interchangeably as if they were the same number. On page 83 he states that carbon dioxide makes up one tenth of one percent of the atmosphere. On page 85 he states that it makes up a full one percent. He then procedes to do some calculations that are off by a factor of 10. On page 103 he mentions how much carbon various countries are putting into the atmosphere. He says nothing as to time. Do they put this much out every day, year decade...who knows!

The author's main argument against his opposition is 'They're stupid because they don't believe what I believe.' He seems to think if he calls them stupid enough times in enough ways we'll start to realize what a genius he is. One example of this: He says that big oil fields are being found in the ocean below two miles of water. He ridicules the bio-oil people mentioning what idiots they must be to believe that this area must once have been above water for dinosaurs to die on it and become oil. I wonder, did it ever cross his mind that bio-material is continuously falling to the bottom of the ocean by the billions of tons. The material would thicken, come under pressure (even more than the water provides) and over millions of years plate tectonics would move it deep into the mantle.

He unashamedly says we should use all the oil we want.
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40 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Be Fair December 6, 2005
Just reading how polarized these comments are -- looking at what the low-rating readers say -- made me want to read this book. There must be something here that the "fossil fuel" guys don't want us to know -- that's what I concluded. Then I read the book. Okay, a few typos -- so it's a first printing, okay. But it never made any sense that oil came from dinosaurs. This is what the oil companies want us to think. The low ratings on this book look political, like somebody's pet theory got stepped on. Let's open up our minds. Maybe the sun doesn't revolve around the Earth. Is there any harm in taking a challenging theory seriously? I don't think so. The book is easy to read and it made me think. There are a lot of people working in oil fields and in the petroleum industry who agree with what this book says, even if they don't want to get fired for saying so. Read the book and make up your own mind. That's what I think.
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35 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative November 16, 2005
The book is a very informative overview of the oil industry, its potential and its problems. The book discusses the sources of, production trends, unrational production hindrances and potential threats to the supply of oil. In particular the overview on the abiotic oil theory is praiseworthy. There is much scientific support for the abiotic (non fossil) source of oil, a lot of which is referenced in the book. Yet this theory has not soaked into establishment thinking in the United States.

However I am going to be bit harsh on this work. The discussion on the global warming hypothesis is good as far as it goes. In particular the exposition of the fact that only a small proportion of the carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere is from human sources is on target. However the authors omit much discussion of the natural sinks of carbon dioxide such as the oceans. An even graver omission is not devoting a chapter to the fallacious hockey stick (unprecented recent global warming) hypothesis endorsed by the IPCC, an organization that was supposed to be guided by carefull and verified scientific research. The refutation of the hockey stick hypothesis by two courageous Canadian researchers demonstrates the dubious nature of the claims of the establishment global warming proponents. The demise of the hockey stick is an enormously important chapter of both the global warming debate and the oil industry.

Another criticism is the suggestion as one the seven proposed steps a gold linked international dollar. The value of gold remains fairly constant in the long term but varies greatly from year to year. And the gold standard in history tended to bring recurring spouts of deep recession or depression and great unemployment.

But all in all a very good informative book. The work deserves the widest dissemination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening Book
Anytime I see reviews from people I know either have not read the book or have a liberal agenda I know the book is a "must" buy. Dr. Read more
Published on April 27, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars No fossil fuels, no peak oil and no global warming
Corsi and Smith certainly contribute to a better understanding about the real nature of oil and natural gas (which, in fact, are not fossil fuels) and the impact on socio-economic... Read more
Published on May 30, 2010 by C. S. Vasconcelos
5.0 out of 5 stars review if BlackGold Strangehold
This book was very good; it kicked off my interest in energy; Eye opener; at the time I read it was dated; the dates were off; but read it for the info; very informative and... Read more
Published on October 24, 2008 by Richard Bouzakis Jr.
1.0 out of 5 stars Will not read this book.
I saw this book on another site and ordered it without checking these reviews. Big mistake! Will be sending this book back and will gladly pay shipping. Read more
Published on August 13, 2008 by Willaim Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars An Eye-Opener!
BLACK GOLD STRANGLEHOLD is an interesting and illuminating book about the origins of Oil and the geopolitics and economics that surround our dependence on the substance. Read more
Published on July 20, 2008 by Ravenseye
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to understand the politics of "fossil fuel" start here --
This book discusses a primary knowledge that is necessary if you ever hope
to grasp why it costs what it does to fill up the tank of your car. Read more
Published on June 24, 2008 by C. Schwartz
1.0 out of 5 stars Time will tell.
I have no dog in this fight, but, really, this is kind of a silly book. Not particulary well researched or well argued - embarrassing, really. Read more
Published on May 28, 2008 by Ron Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Dr. Corsi & Mr. Smith! You both done your research well!
For the nay-sayers, you've missed the points in this well-written

and expressed book. The numbers of 1% or 10% as quoted from

the post earlier, could have... Read more
Published on November 18, 2006 by Angie B.
3.0 out of 5 stars Plea to readers
For anyone who is considering reading this book: Please don't take this book to heart unless you really are objective about the issues it presents and research both sides, or... Read more
Published on August 22, 2006 by M. Boyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought: the dynamics of oil production and consumption
Many ideas abound about oil, its scarcity or shortage, its wellspring and its history: here to puncture many myths surrounding oil is BLACK GOLD STRANGLEHOLD: THE MYTH OF SCARCITY... Read more
Published on April 27, 2006 by D. Donovan, Editor/Sr. Reviewer
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