Nelson Rockefeller

Nelson Rockefeller’s grandfather was the only son of John Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil. Rockeller served as Vice President and Governor of New York. The power of petroleum influences leadership around the world. From social development to economic influence, once John Rockefeller founded Standard Oil, his legacy would reach around the planet.

Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan

Jimmy Carter’s presidency was defined by one oil crisis after another.┬áJimmy Carter ran against Ronald Reagan for President of the United States. Minutes after Reagan was inauguration to follow Carter’s leadership in the White House, Iran released their American hostages. George Bush had ties to oil corporations throughout the Middle East as Director of the…

James Baker

James Baker was the most powerful friend to George Bush in Washington D.C. Before becoming Secretary of State, James Baker was born in Houston, Texas. Baker’s wife was also a good friend of the Bush Empire. Following the unfortunate death of Baker’s wife, George Bush asked James Baker to join his political ambitions. George Bush…

Howard Hughes and Richard Nixon

  Las Vegas gamblers tell stories about Howard Hughes. Mayor Goodman gives me a reading list of recommended books before Christmas. The third book recommended on the history of Las Vegas is a biography on Howard Hughes. Hughes controlled Las Vegas. He controlled Hollywood. Hughes was born in Houston, Texas, to a father influential in…

Royal Dutch Shell and Turkish Petroleum

Royal Dutch Shell combines their financial power with the Turkish Petroleum Company that controlled petroleum production throughout the Ottoman Empire. Acquiring the oil belonging to the Turks via the Turkish Petroleum Company, the political movers and shakers traveled east to rename their interests Iraq Petroleum Company. My fiancees mother would sit outside with a view…

Royal Dutch Shell

The granddaughter of oil founder for Shell Transport and Trading Company took her family’s millions to California and bought the wealthiest real estate. Her daughter and I became engaged while I was in studying for my Master’s in Business Administration in San Rafael, California down the street from George Lucas’ film studio Industrial Light and…

Winston Churchill

Winston Church changes the world by emphasizing the importance of oil. First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill convinced his country, the most powerful kingdom in the world following the defeat of Napoleon by Wellington at Waterloo, Churchill convinced the empire to modernize by utilizing the power of petroleum while steering away from the use…

World War Two

Oil was the single most essential commodity of World War II. Each battle, every human life lost, each refugee displaced, every choice decided on by leaders was made over oil. Synthetic oil was the life blood of Nazi Germany. The only reason Hitler attacked Stalin was oil. Hitler could have invaded the Middle East and…

Iron Horse Coal Labor

Coal driven trains with steam engines were known as iron horses by the native American Indians. The natives of North America had never seen a metal object move the way the white mans’ iron beast moved on rails. Coal was heavy. Coal didn’t transport well like liquid oil. Coal took a lot of labor. Men…