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Clyde Lewis Interviews Michael Ruppert from CollapseNet about the middle east situation and peak oil.
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Today's guest is Michael Ruppert and he is a former LAPD narcotics investigator and whistleblower who was forced out of the police department while holding its highest ratings and with no disciplinary action. Since then, Michael has become an investigative reporter and an author focusing on the oil cartels, peak oil and a post-oil society. He has served as a questioner before a Congressional briefing addressing flaws in the Keane Commission report on 911.
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Michael C. Ruppert interview
Controversial investigative journalist, Michael C. Ruppert, talks to HUCK about the infinite growth paradigm and a new documentary, Collapse, outlining his apocalyptic theories.
by Shelley Jones
In Collapse, a 2009 documentary directed by Chris Smith featuring ex-LAPD officer, Michael C. Ruppert, the former cop makes an analogy based on the sinking Titanic. There were three types of people on board, he says. According to Ruppert, the first type refused to believe the ship was sinking and sat in the bar enjoying the luxurious apertifs. The second panicked and went crazy trying to save themselves. The third, Ruppert says, asked, 'How can we build a lifeboat?'
It's this type of person Ruppert is trying to reach in Collapse, now out in the UK, and in his work at large. He is focusing on pragmatic, invested people who are looking for ways to survive, what he believes, is the end of civilisation as we know it. All sound a bit dramatic? Maybe. But his facts and figures are irrefutable. We caught up with the surprisingly optimistic doomsday merchant to hear his spin on our current systems of control and production.
HUCK: How has your life has changed since the documentary was released in America last year?
Michael Ruppert: Well I paid the rent this month, which is good. I haven’t seen any income from the movie because it’s been pirated more than two million times around the world. That’s just a sign of the way everything is changing throughout the economic environment... I’m certainly much more credible than I used to be, I’m getting a lot more respect… And I have Collapsenet.com. We’ve just passed 2000 members in 51 countries and that’s an amazing confirmation to me. I’ve had a sense, since the movie’s come out, that millions of people around the world are not only aware of what’s going on but they’ve been waiting for a message like this. That’s the biggest woohoo for me.
What do you say to critics who dismiss you for not having the authority of a certified scientist or economist, for example?
Well first of all simple arithmetic is all that’s needed to understand the issues. Anyone who pretends that the issues require more than the ability to think critically and [understand] simple arithmetic are obfuscating the problem, they’re hiding the problem… I am a very seasoned investigative journalist. I mean my first book Crossing the Rubicon has a thousand footnotes in it from the Harvard business school library. I’m a recognised journalist, my calls were returned from the White House press office and all over the world… Journalism is the art of bringing disparate facts together and painting a picture of something… No scientist has disputed anything I’ve said in the movie.
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Interview with James J. Puplava, CFP
July 28, 2010
The world is running short of energy—especially cheap, easy-to-find oil. Shortages, along with resulting price increases, threaten industrialized civilization, the global economy, and our entire way of life.
In Confronting Collapse, author Michael C. Ruppert, a former LAPD narcotics officer turned investigative journalist, details the intricate connections between money and energy, including the ways in which oil shortages and price spikes triggered the economic crash that began in September 2008. Given the 96 percent correlation between economic growth and greenhouse gas emissions and the unlikelihood of economic growth without a spike in energy use, Ruppert argues that we are not, in fact, on the verge of economic recovery, but on the verge of complete collapse.
Ruppert’s truth is not merely inconvenient. It is utterly devastating.
But there is still hope. Ruppert outlines a 25-point plan of action, including the creation of a second strategic petroleum reserve for the use of state and local governments, the immediate implementation of a national Feed-in Tariff mandating that electric utilities pay 3 percent above market rates for all surplus electricity generated from renewable sources, a thorough assessment of soil conditions nationwide, and an emergency action plan for soil restoration and sustainable agriculture.
Michael C. Ruppert is a former Los Angeles Police Department narcotics investigator turned investigative journalist. He is the author of Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil, and the founder of the online newsletter From the Wilderness. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
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