Every since the era of John D Rockefeller, the oil industry has been characterized as robber barons. No doubt that his influence was unprecedented and it has been said extended indirectly to a quarter of the US economy at its peak. But what is conveniently overlooked by 'Fiends of the Earth' (yes, spelling is correct), is the role that government played in the creation of that devious monopoly. Looking to government to be the fair arbitrator and provider of solutions is akin to accepting a silver dime from the grand old man himself. A basic lesson in economics is sorely needed to clean the air. Those who comprehend the consistent theme in these essays, understand the vigorous defense of 'Civilization'. Modern society can only exist upon the flow of energy and the sparks of electric.
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