Sunday, April 24, 2011

Book Review: The Energy Non-Crisis by Lindsey Williams

Lindsey Williams is a pastor. He traveled to Alaska as a missionary, and ended up working as a chaplain on the Alaska Oil Pipeline. He became privy to the inner workings of the oil companies, and to the pressures the federal government was placing on those oil companies at the time, in an apparent attempt to nationalize the oil industry.

During this period of time, the U.S. was in the middle of a supposed energy crisis. However, even though plenty of oil was discovered in Alaska, the oil companies were not allowed to pump and use it. Most of what was pumped was sent to foreign nations while we continued to import foreign oil.

I learned very little by reading this book (written 30 years ago) that I didn't already know.  It would probably be informative for most people with little background on these issues. Of course, those people would start screaming "Conspiracy theorist!" as if the government has NEVER done anything outside of our best interests and the media has NEVER lied about anything. But such people don’t seem to know the difference between a fact and a theory, and have no clue how to handle the presentation and evaluation of evidence.

As a pastor/missionary/chaplain, Lindsey Williams talks for a living. This book was written (and reads) like it was going to be set up on a teleprompter for him to read at a weekend conference. He likes to repeat himself. The book could have been about half the length if he'd only needed to say each point once. Also, when he recounts conversations, I give him the benefit of the doubt that he's telling you approximately what the person said and I'm sure it's accurate, but his conversations sound like he's setting up fables for use in a sermon. Each person's conversation reads like they're all the same character. I'm sure we all do it though. Lindsey’s writing is no surprise to me though. It reads exactly as he talks on Alex Jones’ show.

The book is available to read online here:

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