Michael Ruppert is back in the States
Gary Null & Richard Gale
Progressive Radio Network
When Aldous Huxley put a spin on a Gospel quote and wrote, "Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad," he could not have better had in mind the Obama administration, British Petroleum and our elected officials in their handling the oil catastrophe in the Gulf. There is plenty for Americans and the global citizenry to be fuming about, incensed at the trails of deception, lies and erroneous propaganda and rhetoric issuing from our corporate and government leadership.
Investigative journalist and author Michael Ruppert knows this story all too well. For the past decade he has been researching and writing on peak oil and its contribution to the future collapse of the nation's economy and the American of life. In 1998, he founded From The Wilderness, a newsletter and website devoted to disseminating reports and analyses about government corruption and cover-ups, the CIA's narcotics operations--which he brought to light in the mid-1970s during his stint as a narcotics investigator for the LAPD--and the politics and science of peak oil and the energy industry. Among Michael's most recent books are The Presidential Energy Policy and Confronting Collapse: The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World, both released in 2009.
Last week on a live radio broadcast over the Progressive Radio Network, Ruppert presented his overview of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill crisis, with some new insights gleaned from his investigations that are deeply disturbing.
GARY NULL: In 2004, you wrote a book about peak oil called Crossing The Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil. People denied it. You've spoken about our confronting collapse, a crisis in energy and money in the post-peak oil world. When I filmed you for a new documentary about Wall Street, you said, "the average American does not want to accept the fact that their way of life is no longer going to be maintained." You said we're still going to fly airplanes but the average person won't be able to fly, only the wealthy. We'll drive cars but we won't be able to take long uninterrupted trips for a week as we once did because of the cost of gasoline. We take for granted the 90 percent of petrochemical products from hair dryers to toasters, televisions to computers. Every day our lives are impacted by petroleum. You are not going to easily wean someone off that. You said it would be like weaning an addict off in one day. It is not going to happen. Now that said, we're going to go to some exclusive and new insights that you have about what you discovered about the Deep Horizon catastrophe in the Gulf and what the oil industry and our government has not been telling us. The forum is yours.
MICHAEL RUPERT: Thank you. It is kind of interesting times for veterans like us who have been at this for a long time, and I am witnessing a real quickening and changing in human consciousness because people are becoming aware of the fact that the human paradigm we've been living in is not sustainable and it is changing.
With regard to Deep Water Horizon, I think there's one lesson that's abundantly clear: it is the fact that mankind in its quest, its hunger, its addiction, its craving for energy to support an infinite growth paradigm is taking more and more dangerous risks in order to obtain the energy necessary to support something that's not sustainable. It's a bit funny to put it that way but that's probably the biggest lesson.
This well, Deep Water Horizon, which has ruptured, is the single well that never wanted to be drilled. There are many stories from people who were on the rig saying this was the well that Mother Nature didn't want to give up. The earth was resisting and this is very clear now.
It's been confirmed from a number of sources, one of them is a friend and colleague of mine, Matthew Simmons, who was formerly the world's largest energy investment banker, that they were drilling on BP's orders without a casing. They were drilling some 12 to 16 thousand feet below the surface of the seabed. And the casing is probably the most critical thing because they were drilling at that depth into sedimentary sandstone, limestone rock that's quite soft and porous. So you need that casing in order to allow the drilled mud to circulate down through the drill bed and then bring up the debris to prevent the bore hole from collapsing on itself. And that is exactly what happened in this case.
Apparently, they had tried two or three drills earlier and this created, as it were, a pimple, an infection on Mother Earth's skin at that level. And without the casing, what happened? I pieced together from 70 to 80 sources from both the mainstream as well as professional journals, such as Oil and Gas and The Oil Drum, that when the bore hole collapsed on itself, it was a temporary plug, but it was a softer porous rock full of fissures that was only going to last for a short period of time. But what happened was that the oil, and especially the natural gas--the methane we are hearing about, which is very deadly--exerted enormous pressure and then spread out laterally over a number of square miles creating, if you will, a boil on the sea surface.
And this is where I'm very angry with President Obama, the government, the Coast Guard, and everybody involved. They are still leading people to believe that there's only one leak from a single wellhead when in fact we have a multitude of leaks. Several leaks, one three or four miles west, have been confirmed. So what happened is that this boil exploded and there is more than just the single leak from the wellhead. You have other leaks, and Senator Bill Nelson of Florida has asked about them. These are confirmed but nobody is addressing them.
There is little or no hope of containing all the oil. And what's particularly offensive to me is that apparently the White House has caved in and when President Obama recently made his speech he basically confirmed peak oil without saying the words. He said we're running out of reserves on land--that's the classic definition of peak oil. Everything that's happening in the Gulf now is designed to capture oil so that they can sell as much of that oil as possible.
In the meantime I think a million gallons of Corexit has been used. It's a deadly substance banned in Europe. This dispersant when applied on the surface of warm water evaporates quickly into the atmosphere. It changes from a liquid into a gas, and we have many reports now and photographs showing up on the internet of unexplained crop damage. Leaves are wilting, turning colors all over the region as a result of the Corexit. So you have three separate toxins that are flooding into the Gulf. I and a few others were a month ahead of people saying this leak is not 5,000 barrels a day. It's closer to 100,000, and of course we finally confirmed that. So now you have the oil at an unknown rate, let's say 100,000 barrels which is safe at this point. You have methane. This is a very high volume methane well and methane at those depths deoxygenates the water. It reacts with the water and creates huge dead zones from seabed to sea surface killing all life because ocean life still needs oxygen to survive. And then you have the Corexit.
What's happening in the Gulf now Gary is that this is an environmental disaster that makes the WorldTradeCenter pollution pale in comparison, and by God that's hard for me to say because I saw some of the after effects and I've met some of the people from 911.