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Losing on oil, winning on tours
on December 26, 2016
He labels himself an economic hit man a position from which he contends, among other things, why the global economy imploded, and the form of his hand in it. This is somewhat of an exaggeration but not by far. He writes from the point of experience as an executive in an oil company very high up in the hierachy. His job was to do economic studies of potential oil fields. The studies exaggerated the ease and value to be obtained but that isn’t the interesting part. In doing his job the company also misled the local populations about how both their lives and the environment would be protected if the project goes ahead. Neither of these things proved to be true, in his experience, resulting in environmental damage and no patent improvement in local economies. In the process of doing his job he came to understand about local religions and folkways. He was so undone by bad results of corporate depardations that he quit his work. Now offers tours involving tourists with local folkways and religions including concoctions of exotic local herbs and plants inducing various religous/healing experences. He also no teaches yoga. His story is plausible and I believe probable in Central America at least. Another cautionary tale from real corporate life. Will Tillerson eventually write the same sort of book about Putin and oil projects in Russia? An entertaining insight into oil business and local inhabitants affected.