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New Oil Order * Dire Warnings * Gay Marriage

04 April 2006

"The cataclysmic consequences of unsustainable development
pose a challenge to the world that will make the
war on terror seem a mere distraction.."

-- Giles Hewitt

1) The New World Oil Order - Venezuela at the Top
- - Peak Oil Scam Exposed - Again (Mike Ruppert Too)
- - US and UK Forces Establish 'Enduring Bases' in Iraq
2) Forum Hears Dire Warnings Of Environmental Collapse
- - Is It Too Late to Stop Global Warming?
3) Feingold announces support for full gay marriage rights

Editor's Notes:

The storms this past week, tornados, are dim beginnings of more powerful weather pattern approaching. But top on this issue is breaking news from Greg Palast and Venezuela. Chavez wants to stabilize the oil price and states they have more oil resources than Saudi Arabia. The next item, an article by Jerry Mazza, a contributor to, writes about the Peak Oil Scam. With the information from Chavez, and with that of global warming, the problem may not be from scarcity, but from too much of it. Item 2 begins with the top quote, dire warnings that make the war on terror a mere distraction. At this point, this realization is just a matter of mere time. Item 3 is a clear example of how Russ Feingold differs from John Kerry. This is not a flip-flopper, and someone that can take on the mainstream with an independent and strong voice for a transformation in government, and a plus for freedom and security. With unity, we just need the majority of voters, and our determination to not allow the theft of democracy go on any longer.

Flyby News will be presenting a free screening:
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Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 6:00 pm -
Wheeler Memorial Library, Orange, MA

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1) The New World Oil Order - Venezuela at the Top

- - Peak Oil Scam Exposed - Again (Mike Ruppert Too)
- - US and UK Forces Establish 'Enduring Bases' in Iraq

Greg Palast Reporting for BBC Newsnight TV
Monday, April 3, 2006

In an exclusive interview with GREG PALAST, Hugo Chávez declares a new oil order.

Venezuela officially demands OPEC recognize his nation's reserves as largest.

Tonight, BBC Newsnight will kick off its Latin America Week Special with Palast's exclusive report from Venezuela.

Read below about BBC Newsnight revelations ...

BBC Newsnight
Monday April 3, 2006

If you thought high oil prices were just a blip think again. In an exclusive interview with Greg Palast for BBC Newsnight the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has ruled out any return to the era of cheap oil.

The colourful Venezuelan leader hosts the OPEC meeting on June 1 in Caracas and he will ask OPEC to set $50 a barrel - the average price last year - as the long term level. During the 1990s the price of oil had hovered around the $20 mark falling as low as $10 a barrel in early 1999.

Chavez told Newsnight "we're trying to find an equilibrium. The price of oil could remain at the low level of $50. That's a fair price it's not a high price". Hugo Chavez will have added clout at this OPEC meeting.

US Department of Energy analyses seen by Newsnight show that at $50 a barrel Venezuela - not Saudi Arabia - will have the biggest oil reserves in OPEC. Venezuela has vast deposits of extra heavy oil in the Orinoco. Traditionally these have not been counted because at $20 a barrel they were too expensive to exploit - but at $50 a barrel melting them into liquid petroleum becomes extremely profitable.

The US DoE report shows that at today's prices Venezuela's oil reserves are bigger than those of the entire Middle East including Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states, Iran and Iraq. The US DoE also identifies Canada as another future oil superpower. Venezuela's deposits alone could extend the oil age for another 100 years.

The US DoE estimates that Chavez controls 1.3 trillion barrels of oil - more than the entire declared oil reserves of the rest of the planet. Hugo Chavez told Newsnight's Greg Palast that "Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world. In the future Venezuela won't have any more oil - but that's in the 22nd century. Venezuela has oil for 200 years." Chavez will ask the OPEC meeting in June to formally accept that Venezuela's reserves are now bigger than Saudi Arabia's.

Chavez's increased muscle will not go down well in Washington. In 2002 the Bush administration welcomed an attempted coup against Chavez. He told Newsnight that the Americans had organised it in an attempt to get hold of Venezuela's oil.

Ironically by invading Iraq George Bush has boosted oil prices and effectively transferred billions of dollars from American consumers to Chavez. Up to $200 million a day - half of it from the US - is flooding into Caracas. Chavez is spending this on building infrastructure and increasing the minimum wage and improving health and education in the poor ranchos which surround the cities. As a result even his opponents accept that Chavez is extremely popular and will easily win the next Presidential election in December.

Chavez is also spending billions in the rest of Latin America - exchanging contracts for oil tankers and infrastructure projects and buying up loans in Argentina and Brazil. He has made cheap oil deals with Ecuador and the Caribbean.

He has also spent some of the dollars which have come in from the US supporting Fidel Castro in Cuba. In return Cuba has supplied the thousands of doctors and teachers who are transforming conditions in the barrios of Caracas. Washington accuses Chavez of buying influence in Latin America.

The Newsnight team had to endure the long speeches and marathon six hour TV shows which Hugo Chavez delights in. Chavez posed for Newsnight posing with the sword of Simon Bolivar the 18th century liberator who drove out Spanish imperialists from South America. The symbolism was clear but behind the showman is a clever political brain.

Chavez has not invaded any foreign countries. He does not have secret prisons at home or abroad. Chavez has repeatedly won democratic elections and the opposition operates freely although some members have been charged with accepting illegal foreign donations. Nonetheless George Bush's administration repeatedly targets Chavez on human rights and finances his opponents.

Earlier this year US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld compared Chavez to Hitler - because he was elected democratically - and last year the influential American evangelist Pat Robertson called for his assassination. Robertson later apologized and said that he did not "necessarily" have to be killed so long as he was kidnapped by American special forces.

Chavez told Newsnight that he was still concerned that George Bush had not learnt the lessons of Iraq and would order an invasion to try to secure Venezuela's oil. "I pray this will not happen because US soldiers will bite the dust and so will we, Venezuelans". He warned that any such attempt would lead to a prolonged guerilla war and an end to oil production. "The US people should know there will be no oil for anyone".

Chavez does not accept Tony Blair's criticism of him for lining up with Fidel Castro. He told Newsnight "if someone is sleeping together it is Bush and Blair. They share the same bed."


Also see The Guardian story about the report:,,1745467,00.html

Read, "The Assassination of Hugo Chavez," in Greg Palast's
new book, "ARMED MADHOUSE: Dispatches from the Front Lines
of the Class War" to be released by Penguin Dutton
June 6 (US) and July 7 (UK).

Pre-order it today or donate to Palast Investigative Fund
for a personally signed copy at:

View Palast's investigative reports for Harper's Magazine and BBC Television's Newsnight at

Special thanks to Matt Pascarella, Leni von Eckardt, and Richard Rowley for their
research and production assistance on this report.

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- - Peak Oil Scam Exposed - Again (Mike Ruppert Too)


This is a theory put forth by 18th century scientists.

Within 50 years, Germany and France's scientists had attacked the theory of petroleum's biological roots. In fact, oil is abiotic, not the product of long decayed biological matter.

And oil, for better or for worse, is not a non-renewable resource. It, like coal, and natural gas, replenishes from sources within the mantle of earth. This is the real and true science of oil. Read all about it.

In fact, working in the 1950s, Russian and Ukrainian scientists, cut off from the Western World's oil supply, applied their keen minds to the problem and, by the1960s, had thoroughly demolished the idea of oil as a 'fossil fuel,'

Is it any wonder then that Russia is one of if not the leading producers and exporters of oil. The isolation of the Cold War forced Russia to dig deeper, literally, to find oil deeper in the earth in some places, and to look in other places where no one had thought to look to reveal more.

This while America feels incumbent upon itself, since it claims oil production and discovery has peaked and will fade to nothing in several decades, that America's feels it must make war to take other people's oil: Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, the Caspian Basin, Sudan, etcetera.

And to others who have oil, it must either rattle its saber, as with Venezuela, threaten to kill its president who will not buckle and sell all his oil to America. And with the Saudis we will protect them from their own terrorists and any Saddam that comes along. And we will get in bed with them so long as we can have the lion's share of their oil, and the say-so as to who gets the rest. And therein lays the evil genius, secret and sham of the 'Peak Oil' put on.

If oil, as coal, and natural gas, restores itself by nature, if we will more likely run into it then out of it, how do we continue to make money on it? Certainly not by giving oil away at some reasonable price.

Believing in 'Peak Oil' is not a price to pay to avoid the price of drilling for oil in new ways, for setting fair and unwavering commodity prices. The cost of blood and lives and the future of nations are too much to pay for the folly of 'Peak Oil.' In fact, realizing that oil is a self-renewing resource puts the neocon agenda into a new perspective.

Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer residing in New York.
Reach him at

Originally posted:

Pages 1 and 2 of the complete article is posted -

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- - US and UK Forces Establish 'Enduring Bases' in Iraq
Published on Sunday, April 2, 2006 by the lndependent/UK
US and UK Forces Establish 'Enduring Bases' in Iraq

Despite talk of withdrawal 'when the job is done', there are signs that coalition troops will be there for the long term
by Andrew Buncombe in Washington

The Pentagon has revealed that coalition forces are spending millions of dollars establishing at least six "enduring" bases in Iraq - raising the prospect that US and UK forces could be involved in a long-term deployment in the country. It said it assumed British troops would operate one of the bases.

For the complete originally posted article, see:
Also, posted:

2) Forum Hears Dire Warnings Of Environmental Collapse

- - Is It Too Late to Stop Global Warming?

Earth Forum Hears Dire Warnings Of Environmental Collapse
Professor Jeffrey Sachs, director of the UN Millennium Project.
by Giles Hewitt
New York (AFP) Mar 29, 2006

The cataclysmic consequences of unsustainable development pose a challenge to the world that will make the war on terror seem a mere distraction, a global environmental conference heard Tuesday.

In a keynote speech opening the fourth biennial State of the Planet conference at New York's Columbia University, Jeffrey Sachs, director of the UN Millennium Project, said ignorance, misplaced priorities and indifference were keeping the world firmly on a path to disaster.

"Everything we think is at the core of our geopolitics -- the war on terror, Islamic fundamentalism -- have almost nothing to do with the real challenges we face on this planet," Sachs said.

"They are a distraction and a misunderstanding," he added.

Addressing the two-day forum's main topic -- the feasibility of sustainable development for billions of people worldwide - Sachs painted a grim picture of systemic environmental collapse, coupled with war, famine and pandemic disease.

The astonishing pace of economic growth in Asia and the increasing demands of development in the industrialised world will in a matter of decades, Sachs argued, impose a burden far beyond that which the world is already woefully failing to carry.

"It is the central challenge we face on the planet," he said. "Every single major ecological system we have is already under profound stress."

While highlighting climate change, deforestation, oceanic degradation and population growth, Sachs, who is also director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, warned against viewing the problems associated with unsustainable development as an esoteric issue for scientists.

"Politics is central," he said, condemning what he called the "scientifically antagonistic" policies of the current US administration under President George W. Bush.

"We're fighting all the wrong wars in this country," Sachs said, adding that what the White House really needed was a subscription to Scientific American magazine.

"Our political leaders do not have the training to understand these issues," he said, citing the crisis in Sudan's western region of Darfur which Sachs argued was primarily the result of water shortages that had prompted conflict.

"We view these crises first as political crises when we should view them as ecological crises," he said.

"And they will abound. They will get worse." Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, warned of a dangerous disconnect between the makers of macro development policy and the people their policies were meant to benefit.

"We need to listen to local voices and seek local solutions," Pachauri said.

"We need to think of a new form of democracy," he added, arguing that freedom from tyranny was incomplete without freedom from poverty and want. "Democracy is not merely holding elections," he said.

For Agence France-Presse article and related links:
UN Millennium Project
Columbia University

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- - Is It Too Late to Stop Global Warming?
Published on Monday, April 3, 2006 by the Associated Press
Is It Too Late to Stop Global Warming?
by Seth Borenstein

WASHINGTON - A man stands on a railroad track as a train rumbles closer.

"Global warming?" he says. "Some say irreversible consequences are 30 years away. Thirty years. That won't affect me."

He steps off the tracks -- just in time. But behind him is a little girl, left in front of the roaring train.

The screen goes black. A message appears: "There's still time."

It's just an ad, part of a campaign from the advocacy group Environmental Defense, which hopes to convince Americans they can do something about global warming, that there's still time.

But many scientists are not so sure that the oncoming train of global warming can be avoided. Temperatures are going to rise for decades to come because the chief gas that causes global warming lingers in the atmosphere for about a century.

"In the short term, I'm not sure that anyone can stop it," said John Walsh, director of the Center for Global Change and Arctic System Research at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.

For the complete article, see:

For FN's resource page on this issue, see:
The Mounting Evidence of Global Warming

3) Feingold announces support for full gay marriage rights

Feingold announces support for full gay marriage rights
Published: Tuesday April 4, 2006

United States Senator Russ Feingold this week indicated that he not only opposes a constitutional amendment in Wisconsin to ban gay marriage and civil unions, but in fact, favors full marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples.

Calling such a ban a "mean-spirited attempt to divide Wisconsin," Feingold urged constituents at a Paddock Lake "listening session" not to support it. He went on to argue not just for civil unions, but gay marriage.

"Gay and lesbian couples should be able to marry and have access to the same rights, privileges and benefits that straight couples currently enjoy." Feingold went on to add, "[This] kind of discrimination ... has no place in our laws, especially in a progressive state like Wisconsin. The time has come to end this discrimination and the politics of divisiveness that has become part of this issue."

The Senator went on to argue that religious groups do not have to recognize any civil marriage.


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