How Big Oil Steers the Environmental Movement

10/08/201736 Comments

The following article is excerpted from The Corbett Report's new documentary, Why Big Oil Conquered The World. Watch the documentary for free, download the mp3 audio, or read the complete transcript at

On paper, it would be almost impossible to find a less likely candidate for "Godfather" of the modern environmental movement than Maurice Strong. A junior high school dropout from a poor family in rural Manitoba struck hard by the great depression, Strong's meteoric rise to the heights of wealth and political influence is itself remarkable. The sheer number of environmental organizations that he founded, conferences he chaired, campaigns he directed and accolades he received over the course of his career is even more remarkable: Organizer of the Stockholm Environmental Conference, founding director of the United Nations Environment Program, Secretary General of the Rio Earth Summit, founder of the Earth Council and the Earth Charter movement, chair of the World Resources Institute, commissioner of the World Commission on Environment and Development, and board member of a bewildering array of organizations, from the International Institute for Sustainable Development to the Stockholm Environment Institute to the African-American Institute.

But perhaps the most remarkable thing about Strong, this ubiquitous figure of the 20th century environmental movement, was his background: a Rockefeller-connected millionaire from the Alberta oil patch who divided his time between environmental campaigning and running major oil companies.

To understand how this came about, we have to examine the history of the emergence of the environmental movement. In the post-war period, the desire to control the population put on a new mask: protecting the world from resource depletion, pollution and ecological catastrophe. And, as always, the Rockefeller family was there to provide the funding and organizational support to steer this burgeoning movement toward their own ends.

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  1. Not This Little Frog says:

    Hi James,
    Thanks for all your hard work in reasearching and producing this doco and transcripts. For mine, this information helps hugely, as in order to push back against big oil (and any sub group of the powers that shouldn’t be) we need to know how they do what they do, as well as how they benefit. Enjoy the rest and sleep you get following the finishing up of this great work. I really hope that you are able to take time out do do other things that you enjoy, that help to renew your strength; to stop and smell the roses, if you will…
    P.S. I had to laugh out loud at Recommended reading, Just for Fun etc!! ?

  2. Not This Little Frog says:

    One of the biggest challenges that comes to mind currently, is how do we truly push back? For if we stop using all things oil based., sadly many of the alternatives are controlled by the same people who control oil…

    • Octium says:

      It’s no so much the technology that matters, but how we use it.

      I think Solar and Wind power for example have great potential to liberate people however alternative energy sources are only 1/3 of the equation. The other two important missing pieces are energy storage and the efficient use of energy.

      Solar panels have become relatively inexpensive recently however solar panels are useless by themselves unless you connect them to the criminal elite’s power control grid.

      To be truly independent you need your own storage so that you can go off-grid, funny how that deep cycle batteries required for personal energy storage are still hideously expensive and short lived, isn’t it?

      Do they need to be so expensive? We had rechargeable nickel-iron batteries in early 1900 that could have a 100 year lifespan if looked after and made properly.

      The other issue is efficiency. We live in houses where a refrigerator pumps heat into a room during summer, only to have the AC pump the heat back out of the room again. Good insulation is also a way to improve efficiency, however good insulation, like good batteries are also kept expensive. Inefficient devices require us to buy expensive mass produced energy off the powers that shouldn’t be.

      I’m sure there is lot better technology that has been hidden away in the research labs that we never get to see…

      Perhaps we need an open source movement to reinvent this technology and make it available to everyone?

      The Internet-of-Things can be turned against the system if we try. The same technology can be used to develop Peer to Peer networks of our own devices that encrypt information and keep it away from the grid.

      Technology such as Ardunios, ESP8266’s and LoRa radio modules allow people to develop their own electronic devices that can be off the corporate grid.

      However it does require people to put a lot of effort to learning new things…

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        I totally agree… Decentralized Power Sources are a main way to attempt to free ourselves from shackles.

        Cheap Solar Technology
        In the TED video, Sam talks about how people easily could be independent from the grid. (I am thinking to myself that he is naïve to think that the Powers That Shouldn’t Be would let that easily occur.)

        Interesting alternative to Solar Cells from silicon – Perovskite
        Who knows if this will take off?

        Sam Stranks gives a short 5 minute TED talk here

        MIT profile of Sam Stranks –

        A 2015 article –

        A 2017 article which talks about protecting the integrity of the cell from weather.

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        Josh del Sol
        In Why Big Oil Conquered the World, Corbett had a past interview with Josh del Sol about the SMART METERS.

        I swear…James is always ahead of the curve.
        Lately, Josh del Sol has been implementing a guerilla tactic…

        Read what Corbetteer “Mungjam” mentions about SMART METERS and the campaign which Josh is spreading.
        Link to the link –

      • Not This Little Frog says:

        Agree w you totally.. My thinking re: oil not so much an issue of using vs not using technology. More a case of the challenge being that when we buy/use any technology that is derived from oil, we are supporting or at least helping to underpin the very individuals and corporations that we oppose and are seeking to overthrow. I’m certainly not suggesting we return to using sticks and stones in place of technology, simply thinking and wondering out loud how we utilise these technologies and yet minimise the support/ control that we hand over to these tyrants and their corporate entities.

      • marvin says:

        This is paranoid BS: “funny how that deep cycle batteries required for personal energy storage are still hideously expensive and short lived, isn’t it?”

        This also is paranoid BS: “good insulation is also a way to improve efficiency, however good insulation, like good batteries are also kept expensive. Inefficient devices require us to buy expensive mass produced energy off the powers that shouldn’t be.”

        This is paranoid BS: “I’m sure there is lot better technology that has been hidden away in the research labs that we never get to see…”

        I agree that “People” (including chit chat crappers that crap into internet blogs) need “to put a lot of effort to learning”

        • Not This Little Frog says:

          There are a lot of examples of technology and innovation that have been held back or pushed to the side in order to perpetuate the status quo

        • Not This Little Frog says:

          Why so aggressive? It is certainly provable that many technologies have been held back and hidden in order to perpetuate the status quo…why come out seemingly swinging for an argument without anything to support your views? No BS involved…

        • Octium says:

          Please enlighten us then. Don’t keep all your secrets to yourself.

          Share some links as HomeRemedySupply and others have (Thanks for those BTW!)

          • Not This Little Frog says:

            Given that Marvin has stated that it is paranoid BS, I think the burden of proof lies with him. I was simply responding to his aggression and baseless accusation ( “paranoid BS”) towards Octium’s assertion regarding technologies being hidden. I’ll be happy to supply some links and references regarding this, even tho as I have stated; the burden of proof lies with Marvin. Given that I was writing my support of what you stated, Octium, I am not sure why you are turning the blowtorch around on me?
            Technology not being my strong point it will take me a while to provide links, however I will attempt to make a list of links in between family, business and the rest of life. I’m putting it out there tho that Marvin should back up his statement regarding paranoid BS.

            • Octium says:

              Sorry “Not This Little Frog”, my reply was to Marvin’s original comment and not yours.

              The message board just shows all the replies on the same indent level and mine came underneath yours because I replied to his comment later than you. Thanks for the support!

              Also, the website linked to from Octium is down at the moment and I will have to fix it.

              • Not This Little Frog says:

                Hi Octiium,
                Thanks for the clarification.
                Always happy to support someone who is under attack esp when attack istotally unfounded.

          • Not This Little Frog says:

            BTW Octium, I note that your nomme de plum (i.e. Octium) can be clicked on, however when clicked on the link is not available as the server cannot be found.Thoughts…?

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        I have long been a proponent of David Blume’s bailiwick…
        Homemade MOONSHINE – A freeman’s solution
        Alcohol can run your car. Most cars don’t need a conversion.
        The cost per gallon can range from 40 cents to $1.50.
        Here is an average guy who made a still which produces about 100 gallons a day.

        An anecdote which is currently being done on a large and also a small scale:
        During the distillation process of alcohol production CO2 is given off. This can be fed into a greenhouse to accelerate the growth of plants and to also kill off the bugs. (Note: Greenhouses sometimes will purchase a CO2 machine for this purpose.) The mash left over from the alcohol production can be fed to fish, which in turn can be sold commercially. The fish poop can be used to fertilize the greenhouse plants.

        Corn may only get 250 gallons of MOONSHINE an acre, but cattails could get 10,000 gallons an acre.
        Watch 5 minutes.
        …and continued here…

        Here David Blume gives an agoristic/anarchist approach to ending the petro-dollar.

        • HomeRemedySupply says:

          I have always envisioned a voucher for Moonshine Gallons.

          There is an entire “little community” which can be built around homemade alcohol production with many interchangeable products and/or co-op.
          ~ The farming of crops for the alcohol production, or the collecting of garbage for the alcohol production.
          ~ The growing of organic plants from alcohol production.
          ~ The raising of fish or crawdads from alcohol production.
          ~ Fertilizer from alcohol production.
          ~ Pest control from alcohol production.
          ~ Livestock feed from alcohol production.
          ~ Etc.

          The interchanges within the community could go on and on, with people utilizing a unit of value scrip (gallon of alcohol) to pay for the home repairs or to pay for car maintenance or get a haircut. People easily have a reference point of value by seeing the price of gasoline at the local gas station.

        • REULENS says:

          thank you for introducing us to David Blume’s ideas. Most interesting stuff, HRS.

      • Mielia says:

        you know, in Germany some libertarians (or at least the largest with the longest tradition newspaper) advocates 100% nuclear power from switzerland:
        that’s the “household” energy ‘rebellion’ here.

  3. cmad says:

    Enjoy the break while it lasts. Thanks again for supplying a documentary of this level. Truly the greatest sequel ever made. I held my first local talk on government corruption and I used “How big oil…” as a frame to work from. This fantastic documentary really builds up the onion. I love how you have put this together and it gives me inspiration to hold my own sequel too..I will share this doc as much as possible, your work is precious. I listen to an independent news stream called UK Column I am sure they would love to have you on their show and I would consider it a privilege.

  4. scpat says:

    I had a chuckle at the Recommended Reading and Viewing section.

  5. cmad says:

    I have just sent a request to an acquaintance from this group, asking if you could appear on their show. hope you don’t mind. here is a link to their website.

  6. HomeRemedySupply says:

    ANECDOTE – circa 1972 – Earth Day

    The first Earth Day was in the Spring of 1970. During the Spring of 1972, I led our Texas town’s High School in a big Earth Day event.

    The auditorium was filled with all the faculty and over a thousand students. Each class, the Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors had assigned specific outdoor areas of the school campus where they would pick up trash, plant trees, etc.

    The High School was built on large tract land from an old World War 2 German POW camp. A military base was this small town’s main industry and we were at the height of the Vietnam War. So, the student population was very diverse; from Goat-ropers and Cowboys to Soul Brothers to Hippies to Jocks to military kids to… ..well…it was the Wild West.

    The end result of the Earth Day event:
    It was a disaster for faculty. Hot, extremely windy and dusty, with kids out of control. Most teachers just stood around and smoked their cigarettes.

    It was a godsend for “the sharp students”, as off they went playing hooky. It looked like last bell as pickup trucks and Mustangs left the parking lot.

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      Actually, I didn’t want to lead this Earth Day event.
      Girls. That was my undoing. Girls.

      I was a Senior with shoulder length blonde hair, often wearing a green Army jacket, kind of a Hippie look. Normally, a student takes Biology as a Freshmen. Thinking ahead, I chose to take Biology as a Senior. This way I would be the only Senior boy in a Biology class which had lots of Freshmen girls.

      And one of the few school “clubs” open to Freshmen, was the “Biology Club”. When I went to the first meeting of the “Biology Club”, I was elected President. The “Biology Club” later decided to sponsor Earth Day. So, that is how I ended up leading “Earth Day”.

      But here is the important part. Girls.

      I lined up a double date with two Freshmen girls, myself and my best buddy. The girls seemed very excited. It was unstated “who would be with who”. So, my buddy and I flip a coin. I lost the flip. From that coin toss, years later my buddy marries the girl and their son is now in his thirties.

  7. manbearpig says:

    I’d like to thank you for these “bite-sized” morsels: the Rise of Eugenics trailer and this article-transcription documentary extract that are eminently useful and well-adapted to class discussions.

    For what it’s worth, I’ll add my voice…or uh… pixels? to the outpouring of gratitude for the work you do

    and for having piqued my interest in this question of blockchain…

    Now enjoy the comforts of Morpheus and a good futon…8-)

  8. HomeRemedySupply says:


    I like that shirt and button collar which James Corbett is wearing.
    It looks nice. Good color on him.

    In fact this prompts me, with Autumn here I think I will not wear my usual black T-shirt and start wearing my button-collar shirts. Or both.

  9. marvin says:

    Thank you very much for pointing out the oligarch endgame.

    While agreeing completely with your facts, I think that the situation is not that bad in one sense while it may be worse in a different sense.

    DOWNSIDE: Us libertarians who are capable of using reason and logic to interact with the world and make life decisions are a minority of the world (perhaps something like 5-7%). This may be genetic in large part (the INTP and INTJ personality type of briggs test is very strongly associated with libertarian and has a very high genetic component: is a principle observation here). The other 93-95% of humanity REFUSES to assume personal freedom and responsibility of their own liberty. In fact, the sheeple mass insist on being controlled and would rather kill the messenger of liberty than listen to him. It is less than worthless to try to wake these people up. Make info available and let them be, with their televisions and sports.

    UPSIDE: Overpopulation, pollution, destruction of the planet is bad and very obvious to anyone who has lived a long time and can see nature with his own eyes over even a short period of time. The sheeple (92-95% of all primate animals on the planet) absolutely refuse to listen to logic (my point above) and somehow need the oligarchs to manage them like, well, like sheeple. Without the oligarch and their internet of things etc. the sheeple will breed themselves into a collapsed environment. The sheeple need their oligarch lords for their own salvation. I dont like this conclusion but cannot escape the reality. This is a forgone result and we cannot fight the sheeple’s need for their lords.

    The answer to this problem is for libertarians to develop their own discipline, learn skills for creating true wealth, and develop their own robust, independent communities outside the system. This is real possible. We need to focus on this instead of chit chat crapping our valuable energy and time away wringing our hands and lamenting the biological realities that we cannot change.

    • Dacajeweiah says:

      I’m sorry marvin but after reading your comment I get the impression that you haven’t really paid attention to the documentary. The whole point that it makes for eugenics is that it’s a pseudo science. How then you can say that you agree with what he said and at the same time contradict that. While it may be true that at the moment the majority of the people refuse to take responsibility for their own lives and live in freedom, I think that has more to do with the conditioning we are subjected to from a very young age rather than “genetics”. That’s why it’s important for those of us who were fortunate enough to have been “awaken” to certain facts about our world not to turn our backs to the rest. If we start to feel and act like we are “genetically superior” than them then we are not much different than those psychopaths mentioned on the documentary.

      • Richard Ran says:

        Hi Dacajeweiah,

        “That’s why it’s important [..] not to turn our backs to the rest.”

        Thank you for that nugget of common decency.

        Kind regs from Amsterdam,

  10. marvin says:

    Sorry Dacajewetah but I think you misunderstand my comment.

    You talk about “genetically superior” but no person can judge the superiority or inferiority of another, and it is dangerous for someone (yourself for example) to assert superiority or inferiority.

    I pointed out facts. Two important facts are: 1. like it or not, the majority of people simply will not think or act like libertarians but absolutely must follow a leader, whether that be a TV character, sports character, or political character. I dont assert superiority or inferiority here. People seem happy following sports scores and political theatre (such as elections) and often express feelings of superiority to those who do not join their emotional group activity. I do not know of care if they are superior or inferior to a libertarian who may think independently, mostly because I really dont know which is best for long term survival.

    The determination of “superiority” or “inferiority” that you assert is not something that is carried out by an individual but instead is a population characteristic that is apprehended by examining population drift over a long period of time. On a personal level I certainly do not wish my genes on someone else because I have so many defects, and do not pretend to judge myself or others as superior fit or inferior fit. If I consider the notion however of the value of emotional-group-think, I can easily conclude that a herd or sheeple characteristic may be superior to a libertarian independent one, considering the need to survive in a population by getting along. Either way, any conclusory notion is evil and is condemned by one side or the other… I see such follow-the-alpha-male and group traits in our goats (surprisingly sociable and clubby) and can see how such has been a good survival trait. Maybe the same is good for humans, but I have no personal opinion on this superiority or inferiority topic that you raise.

    Perhaps you would like to debate someone with convictions on this topic.
    Although I disagree with much of what Stefan Molyneux says, I admire his brave attempts to address these factual realities which touch upon your superior and inferior arguments, but which are avoided by most people due to the name calling “racist!” “genetically superior!” etc. engendered thereby. I am content with the realization that I simply dont know most things and can only focus on one thing, which for me is power electronics and DIY energy generation, which has led me to explore China, which also has precipitated superior vs inferior argumentation from friends who are skilled in technology and have a silicon valley uber alles view.; and the little steps one can take to walk away from the madness to secure liberty. This may be thought of as a compulsion and deviant behavior when compared to the larger group. Which is “superior” might be determined looking back 100 years from now.

    Finally to reiterate, to me it is clear that this journey for liberty is not for most people. Most people after getting the information James so wonderfully presents refuse to believe it or laugh at it from a superior attitude point of view. The feelings of superiority exist from all vantages. Guys like Stefan can address such at their peril. I am sticking with energy resource development.

  11. joseph says:

    How?? James you have out done yourself. How do you continue to do this? *mic drop

  12. Mielia says:

    I made a comment replying to concerning Jay Dyer (as an interview partner). I also asked you to delete it if it was of your concern. So now I am asking myself did it reach you and you did delete it or did it simply not reach the website :D?
    If second I simply could repeat it here.

  13. REULENS says:

    James, besides bringing to our attention the existence of a global oligarchy and their desire to establish totalitarian control, you inspire me with ideas like: in essence we are absolutely free, powerful, autonomous, responsible and loving creatures. A spiritual revolution could bring these latent qualities en masse to fruition…
    I thank you for that.

  14. manbearpig says:

    “My firm conviction is that if wide-spread Eugenic reforms are not adopted during the next hundred years or so, our Western Civilization is inevitably destined to such a slow and gradual decay as that which has been experienced in the past by every great ancient civilization. The size and the importance of the United States throws on you a special responsibility in your endeavours to safeguard the future of our race. Those who are attending your Congress will be aiding in this endeavour, and though you will gain no thanks from your own generation, posterity will, I believe, learn to realize the great dept it owes to all the workers in this field.”
    ― Leonard Darwin

  15. Duck says:

    From Article
    “….Gore himself is an oiligarch. His father, Al Gore, Sr., was a close friend of Armand Hammer, the oil tycoon behind Occidental Petroleum. …”

    Thats a real life Edgar Allan Poe horror family to be friends with


    “….Julius Hammer, the father of Armand, was jailed for three and a half years for first-degree manslaughter, after a woman he performed an abortion..”

    As far as I can see he had no need for the money and just enjoyed doing such things

    “… Armand received probation and a fine for providing secret and illegal campaign funds to then-President Richard M. Nixon in 1972, before being pardoned by President George Bush, and reportedly had ties to the Soviet Union….”

    See Dr Richard Spence “Wall street and the Bolshevik revolution” for more info

    “..Armand’s only child, Julian, killed a man at his Los Angeles home in 1955….over a gambling debt, although charges were later dismissed….”

    “.. Armie’s father Michael inherited the family’s business empire – including Occidental Petroleum – worth more than $180million. ….. but in 2009, a FBI investigation found that a slew of paintings sold by the gallery since 1994 were fakes, and was accused of selling 63 forged paintings….”

    “…Armie Hammer’s ex-girlfriend Courtney Vucekovich claims the actor used to fantasize about which one of her body parts he would like to barbecue and eat…”

    “I liked the grabbing of the neck and the hair and all that. But then you get married and your sexual appetites change. And I mean that for the better — it’s not like I’m suffering in any way. But you can’t really pull your wife’s hair. It gets to a point where you say, ‘I respect you too much to do these things that I kind of want to do.’”

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