How Rockefeller’s Oil Industry Conquered Medicine, Finance and Agriculture

“How Big Oil Conquered the World” is a brilliant piece of investigative journalism presented by James Corbett, revealing the immense extent to which the oil industry has shaped and is ruling the world as we know it. “From farm to pharmaceutical, diesel truck to dinner plate, pipeline to plastic product, it is impossible to think of an area of our modern-day lives that is not affected by the petrochemical industry. The story of oil is the story of the modern world. And this is the story of those who helped shape that world, and how the oil-igarchy they created is on the verge of monopolizing life itself.” Corbett carefully details the sordid back story of today’s “oiligarchy.” While most people are well-acquainted with the Rockefeller name, few probably know the true history of the Rockefellers’ rise to power. Big Oil — An Industry Founded on Treachery and Deceit As […] Read More

2014: America’s Energy Madness—We’re Banning Solar Panels, But Many Towns Can’t Regulate Fracking

When it comes to state and local politics, the oil industry is much more powerful than green energy. When it comes to going green, many environmentally conscious citizens are finding themselves in murky waters, from Texas residents being blocked by homeowner associations from installing solar panels to Colorado residents trying to protect their cities from fracking battles they thought they’d won. It’s not easy being green, especially when profits are involved. Just ask Eric Schirmer of Plano, Texas, who wanted to cut electricity costs and help the environment by installing solar panels on his home’s south-facing roof in his Trails of Glenwood subdivision. With the drop in prices of solar panels in recent years, Schirmer was ready to make the investment and sent in his application. But despite a 2011 Texas law banning homeowners associations from restricting the use of solar power, Schirmer’s request was denied by his HOA. How? A loophole in the law allows developers to prohibit solar panels while a […] Read More

2014: The Middle Class In Canada Is Now Doing Better Than The Middle Class In America

For most of Canada’s existence, it has been regarded as the weak neighbor to the north by most Americans.  Well, that has changed dramatically over the past decade or so.  Back in the year 2000, middle-class Canadians were earning much less than middle-class Americans, but since then there has been a dramatic shift.  At this point, middle-class Canadians are actually earning more than middle-class Americans are. The Canadian economy has been booming thanks to a rapidly growing oil industry, and meanwhile, the U.S. middle class has been steadily shrinking.  If current trends continue, a whole bunch of other countries are going to start passing us too.  The era of the “great U.S. middle class” is rapidly coming to a bitter end. In recent years, I have been up to Canada frequently, and I am always amazed at how much nicer things are up there.  The stores and streets are […] Read More