In 2012, I wrote my second book on energy policy, “The Great Oil Conspiracy: How the U.S. Government Hid the Nazi Discovery of Abiotic Oil from the American People.”
To write this book, I conducted extensive historical research in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Specifically, I sought out the records captured by the U.S. military at the end of World War II regarding the ability of the Nazis to produce synthetic fuel.
A major German liability going into WWII was that the nation lacked large reserves of oil, despite Germany’s abundance of coal. In the archives, I found the records of the Fisher-Tropsch equations that German chemists in the Weimar Republic had developed to explain the natural processes within the mantle of the earth that formulate oil under extreme conditions of pressure and temperature. These equations allowed the Nazis to synthesize oil from coal, providing the German military with the fuel needed to run Hitler’s war machine.
Also in the archives, I found documentation of the bombing campaign undertaken by the Army Air Force to stop Germany’s military by destroying the many Fisher-Tropsch refineries the Nazis had constructed. The archives also contained documentation of several Fisher-Tropsch refineries the American government built in the United States. Ultimately, the U.S. Fisher-Tropsch plants were too expensive, given the abundance of oil and natural gas in America in the 1950s.
The central argument of the book was that the German chemists, in developing the Fisher-Tropsch equations, had discovered the basic chemical processes nature uses to this day to produce hydrocarbon fuels — oil and natural gas — within the earth on a continuing basis. The book debunks “fossil fuel” and “peak oil” myths that theorize that hydrocarbon fuels were produced in sedimentary rock from ancient biological debris.