Quite convincing. If he was bullshitting, he's an accomplished bullshitter.
He mentioned one small factoid that struck me as odd, namely, Saudi Arabia's sizable off-shore drilling array. As Ruppert points out, why would Saudi Arabia spend so much money extracting oil from under water if they really had the oodles of oil they insist they have?
Just out of curiosity I did a quick google search. This page has 13 openings with Saudi Aramco for offshore drilling rigs.
Then there is this page at a place called Rig Zone. I found the article's opening paragraphs to bode ill for the internal combustion beastie.
The world's largest oil company in terms of proven reserves, Saudi Aramco is the state-run company for the Middle Eastern country of Saudi Arabia. Onshore and off, Saudi Aramco has a total of 100 major oil and gas fields and 267 billion barrels of proven oil reserves.
In fact, the NOC holds the world's largest offshore field, Safaniya, with an estimated 20 billion barrels of oil and daily production of 1 MMbopd. Other major producing offshore fields for Saudi Aramco include Zuluf, which has a daily production capacity of 500,000 bopd, and Marjan, which produces 270,000 bopd.
In a five-year plan starting in 2009, Saudi Aramco is increasing drilling exploration and investment in the oil sector, which includes increasing drilling by a third. A priority has been placed on offshore areas, and the company is presently investing in an effort to increase production capacity by 20%. That includes both development to achieve first production and re-development of producing fields. Major upstream projects include works on offshore fields Berri, Zuluf and Safaniyah. Also under development, Manifa is expected to hold between 10 and 20 billion barrels of oil and is scheduled to come on-stream by the third quarter of 2011.
Significant Increase in Offshore Activity
Saudi Aramco has not always been very active offshore or focused on its offshore resources. At the start of the decade, the NOC only had one rig working in the waters offshore Saudi Arabia, and it was a rig that the company owned. That number increased over the next year to four rigs by the close of 2001. Following that pattern of increased offshore activity, the number of rigs Saudi Aramco contracted from 2002 through mid-2005, continued to increase with nine rigs contracted in June 2005.
I don't know. I think Mike's a little confused about the way the world works.
As I understand it, our material prosperity is a gift from God, cause he likes us soooooooooooo much, and we're cute, and personable, & build neat nuclear weapons.
Anyone who says different is A COM-MU-NIST IN-FIL-TRAITOR, or, even worse, a TER-ROAR-WRIST IN_FIL-TRAITOR, sowing dissent & undermining God's divine plan for a red white blue future filled with chewy caramel goodness &...ummmmmm....frankfurters. That's right, frankfurters. Lots & lots of fucking frankfurters.
I also have it on good authority that every night, while all His little children slumber in the bosom of His sanctity, God steps up to the Earth, unscrews the polar ice cap, inserts his massive, rotund & perfect Manly Member into the Wo-Manly Hall's & Wo-Manly Bowels of the Earth mother, uncorking a stream of black, oily God jism that would lube up a crankcase as quickly as it would grease the dried up innards of your ol' Granny just so Grandpap can get his nasty on once before his ticker finally sputters to a stop.
If God is good enough for Ann Coulter, you'd better be damn sure that God is good enough for me.
If God is good enough for Glenn Beck, then, dang gummit, God is good enough for me.
Mike needs a Bible. It's all there.
God HAS a plan motherfucker. & don't you forget it.
Babar The Elephant!!!