The Great Oil Deception
There is no true energy crisis. There never has been an energy crisis . . .except as it has been produced by the Federal government for the purpose of controlling the American people
. That's a rather dramatic statement. to make,isn't it? But you see, at one time I too thought there was an energy crisis. Afterall, that was what I had been told by the news media and by the Federalgovernment. I thought we were running out of crude oil and natural gas. ThenI heard, I saw, and I experienced what I am about to write. I soon came torealize that there is no energy crisis. There is no need for America to go coldor for gas to be rationed. We shall verify these statements as we provide thefacts for you. You might be surprised to find that we will also show why theprice of gas will remain high, and in fact will go higher than it is now.
You've read about the controversy. You've heard the statements, the claims,the counterclaims. You've read about the problems of environmentalprotection, such as the need to protect birds whose species are becomingextinct. What you haven't heard is that $2 million dollars was spent to goaround the nest of one species. On your property, you'd have moved thenest—not so on the Alaska Pipeline. Not true? Questionable? We'll give youthe facts.You've read about the objections of the native Alaskans whose territory isbeing exploited by those giant corporations that can never be satisfied. You'veheard about the excessive profits made by the oil companies. But you haven'theard about the incredible regulations that forced the costs of the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline up from a projected $2 billion dollars to beyond $12 billiondollars. We'll tell you more about that.
I became convinced of the fact that there is no energy crisis when SenatorHugh Chance visited me on the Pipeline. As well as being a former Senator ofthe State of Colorado, he is also an outstanding Christian gentleman. Hecame to the Pipeline at my invitation, to speak in the work camps for which Iwas responsible as Chaplain, on the northern sector of the Trans-Alaska OilPipeline.
While I was there I arranged for him to have a tour of the Prudhoe Bay facility.Senator Chance was shown everything he wanted to see, and he was toldeverything he wanted to know. The Senator was given information by anumber of highly-placed responsible executives with Atlantic Richfield, andthese were cooperative with him at all times. He especially gained informationfrom one particular official whom we shall call Mr. X, because of the obviousneed to protect his anonymity.
After Senator Chance had talked at length with Mr. X, we came back to mydormitory room at Pump Station No. 1 and sat down. Senator Chance said tome, "Lindsey, I can hardly believe what I have seen and heard today."