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Whatever Happened to Nazi Synthetic Gas and Oil Technology? Scarcity Scams Examined

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As we continue to talk about Peak Oil and the claim that the world is running out of oil, some might recall that Nazi Germany during World War 2 ran it's war machine on synthetic gas and oil.

Today scientific studies have demonstrated that the earth forms its own oil, abiotic oil, from a process that appears to involve methane deep within the earth. Unfortunately, we don't know how much of this oil the earth produces and whether it is possible to economically extract it. But we do know that the 19th century Russian scientist was correct in his belief that oil was created within the earth from other than fossil material.

For an excellent understanding on abiotic oil read, "Project Savior's What We Know Wednesday: Abiotic Oil, Myths and Facts.

Still even if abiotic oil has little potential for future needs, there was the technology that existed in the early 1930s that allowed the Germans to produce its own synthetic gas and oil.

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What happened to it?

Before World War 2, Germany had little natural oil reserves to call upon to run its massive war machine. The solution was to come up with the technology to run the equipment needed for war.

The Nazi's had to come up with a way to create synthetic fuels if they were to be able to engage their enemies in battle. When it comes to war, humans can often exceed perceived technological limitations and the Germans did.

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It wouldn't be much of a stretch to assume Germany's brilliant scientists came up with the process alone. But, in reality the Germans had a little help from Standard Oil.

"....The Standard Oil group of companies, in which the Rockefeller family owned a one-quarter (and controlling) interest,1 was of critical assistance in helping Nazi Germany prepare for World War II. This assistance in military preparation came about because Germany's relatively insignificant supplies of crude petroleum were quite insufficient for modern mechanized warfare; in 1934 for instance about 85 percent of German finished petroleum products were imported. The solution adopted by Nazi Germany was to manufacture synthetic gasoline from its plentiful domestic coal supplies. It was the hydrogenation process of producing synthetic gasoline and iso-octane properties in gasoline that enabled Germany to go to war in 1940 and this hydrogenation process was developed and financed by the Standard Oil laboratories in the United States in partnership with I.G. Farben..... Source: Standard Oil Fuels World War 2

Although Americans were soon to be fighting and dying against the evils of Nazism, Multinational American corporations, like Standard oil, were ready to make a buck helping the Nazis no matter what the ethical considerations were.

But the history of Corporate America helping the Nazi war machine is well documented. What is not as well known is that the technology that created Nazi synthetic gas and oil is still around today and in use.

In South Africa, there is a company called Sosol that utilizes the same technology the Nazi's used to create synthetic oil.

"...In 1948, the newly elected National Party regime formally instituted apartheid. Two years later, it created Sasol. Aside from mining and manufacturing chemicals, Sasol set out to develop a domestic gasoline-production capability, a goal that became more urgent when many oil-producing nations refused to sell oil to the apartheid regime. In the late 1970s, using government loans, the firm built a huge complex at Secunda, where it has produced some 1.5 billion gallons of gasoline that is functionally no different than the gas produced from Texas crude.

Since the end of apartheid, Sasol has prospered, finding new markets and customers outside its borders. But with the spike in oil prices of the last few years, it has really caught fire. (Note this five-year chart of Sasol, whose shares were listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 2003, against ExxonMobil.) And that has much to do with the company's technological promise....." Source: Slate

Evidently, the South African company finds it economically feasible to produce this synthetic gas.

So it is an interesting factoid that synthetic fuels utilizing Nazi technology from the 1930s is still being used.

But the larger point is that if there was 1930s technology that was efficient and sufficient enough to fuel the massive German war machine with synthetic gas and oil, we are likely capable of utilizing our advanced technology to move past our dependence on oil (biotic or abiotic).

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I am not advocating that the world continue to run on fossil fuels. It is a dirty form of energy that kills a lot of life with the pollution that arises from it. It is also clear that it contributes to global climate change. But I am pointing out that our energy sources and technology are likely much more advanced and capable of meeting present and future energy needs than the public realizes.

After all, large profits are made from a perceived lack or scarcity. Look at the massive profits Enron generated out of creating a supposed scarcity of electricity in California. Most of us may recall the rolling blackouts that occurred in California from a supposed energy crisis. Later it was revealed that those blackouts were manufactured by Enron for maximum profits.

"...The traders also said that Enron's retail unit, Enron Energy Services, or EES, used the fear created by the blackouts to push large California businesses into more than $1 billion in long-term energy contracts...." Source: Market Watch

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