In what is sure to be a scintillating segment of television, Craig R. Smith co-author of WND Books’ “Black Gold Stranglehold: The Myth of Scarcity and the Politics of Oil,” will go head-to-head with author Matthew R. Simmons in a debate entitled “Deep Oil vs. Peak Oil” on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” this morning at 9 a.m. Eastern.
Smith and co-author Jerome Corsi contend in “Black Gold Stranglehold” that oil is not a product of decaying dinosaurs and prehistoric forests, but that oil is constantly being produced by the earth, far below the planet’s surface, and that it is brought to attainable depths by the centrifugal forces of the earth’s rotation.
Simmons’ “Twilight in the Desert” argues that oil is a finite resource and asserts that Saudi Arabia’s oil production may have already peaked, leaving the world in a politically and economically unstable situation.
Ultimately, infinite or finite oil reserves have serious economic implications. Smith’s “deep oil” argument provides a perspective as to how America’s unbalanced pattern of consumption and lack of production puts consumers in a virtual stranglehold by foreign governments, corrupt political leaders, terrorist organizations and oil conglomerates. Likewise, Simmons’ “peak oil” claim puts consumers in a critical position if Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s low-cost oil producers, experiences diminished reserves forcing the U.S. to buy oil from other countries at higher prices. With high prices at the gas-pump and record-setting heating-fuel costs, Smith and Simmons’ debate is likely to highlight the contention that more needs to be done to address refining and exploration problems facing the U.S.